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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies 




The Level 3 course is a really important transitional level in your journey of training to become a counsellor. You may benefit greatly by taking the Level 3 to simply develop your use and understanding of Counselling theory and practice, but for many, Level 3 can help in deciding what type of course they may wish to do for their next level of training.


For this reason, as well as honing your counselling skills practice and developing your understanding of ethical and professional practice, we will also be spending the first term looking at different therapeutic approaches. This is not only because theory is an essential part of Counselling, but it can also help you decide the direction that you would like to go in if you choose further training. We will be covering Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and more in order for you to make the best choice about your chosen approach for your final qualifying training after Level 3.



The Level 3 is also of great importance in:


  • Developing your listening skills

  • Having a good and clear understanding about how Counselling agencies operate (including legal, ethical and procedural policies) which prepares you for placement on your next level of training

  • Having a clear understanding of the importance of ethics in Counselling

  • Understanding Mental Health

  • Exploring your relationship with and experience of difference and diversity

  • Learning how to create a user-centred agreement, which maintains the focus on the client’s needs and agenda, when starting your work together (and throughout)

  • Understand research findings and their importance in Counselling

  • Understanding how to deliver and receive feedback and why it is important in our development as a Counsellor


The Level 3 course hopes to take the learning that you have already and expand this to have a deeper and clearer understanding of the topics listed above. This should help facilitate you to understand yourself, your peers and the theory at a greater depth, which allows for greater adoption in your counselling work and self-development.


For many, they will then continue to complete their training at the next level to qualify as a Counsellor or others may simply pause their training at this level to take the learning they have gained from the Level 3 to their employment, personal relationships and day to day life.


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The course is priced at £1000 (inclusive of £161 registration and assessment fee). A deposit of £250 is required upon successful enrolment of the course. Fees can be paid in instalments.



5:30pm - 9pm on Thursdays

Next intake starting September 2024 and running until June 2025

The course is taught in person over 30 weekly sessions, excluding public holidays, half terms and standard education breaks (Easter, Christmas, Summer etc).


Candidates are required to have successfully completed both Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills and Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.


There are occasions when an equivalent qualification may have been achieved and this will be assessed and discussed on a case by case basis.

All students are also expected to have a minimum of Grade C at English GCSE (or equivalent). If this is not the case, or cannot be proved then alternative measures will be taken to assess suitability for the course.




The theoretical model at the heart of our course and centre is Person-Centred. However, at Level 3 we will be covering a range of theoretical approaches to give you an understanding of each in order to help your decisions for further qualifications.





Students will be required to show an engagement with the course and its content, as well as requirements under the “learning outside of the classroom” and personal development.

Students are also required to pass the varying internal assessments and requirements throughout the first year (assignments, criteria, personal journals, attendance etc). 

The course also has an external assessment at the end of the course which comprises a written exam paper reflecting on a Counselling skills sessions shown on DVD.

These are all the requirements of the course to complete and pass successfully.

Candidates will be assessed through the following methods:


  • Observation of student engagement, discussion and application to tasks ( Worksheets, Pair-work, Triads and Co-supervision), Verbal feedback from students

  • Documentation: Written feedback from students. Student self-assessment and reflection from journals

  • Testimony: Tutor and Peer feedback and assessment from observation sheets


After successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, students can progress to:


  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • Further study at Degree level

Progression routes and options will be discussed at the end of the Level 3 course.

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