Is this course right for me?
This qualification is intended for candidates who want to train to become a counsellor. Successful completion of this course enables learners to provide a therapeutic counselling service within the context of an agency's service framework.
Candidates must have acquired both CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and CPCAB’s Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, or their RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) equivalent which could include significant experience or alternative counselling qualifications.
Potential applicants should understand that the college's counselling qualifications would not be suitable for those who are currently experiencing emotional difficulties. The course does involve learner skills practice that necessarily involves considerable personal disclosure, associated personal developmental activities and related self-reflection. At interview, learners will be asked to confirm their understanding of this aspect of the programmes in terms of both the content and the commitment required to complete the course.
It is necessary to clear all students under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act via an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. This is done through an application form, which will be issued to you before your interview with explanatory notes. You will be expected to complete and return the DBS application form during the interview process. The charge for an enhanced DBS check is (currently) £44.
You can keep your DBS certificate up-to-date by registering online within 19 days of your certificate being issued, for an additional annual fee of (currently) £13. All places are subject to satisfactory interview.
The course is delivered through presentations, lectures, coursework and practical activities.
Candidates must have a minimum of 100 hours formally contracted counselling (one-to-one) with at least 5 different clients in an agency setting. Candidates must also have a minimum of 10 hours personal therapy during the life of the course (to accommodate a range of theoretical approaches).
Learning outcomes will be formally assessed by a portfolio of activities and an externally assessed audio recording of a counselling activity.
Once you have successfully completed the course, you could go on to study:
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma In Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (Level 5)
- Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Education Studies (Counselling pathway)
- Foundation Degree (FdA) Childhood and Learning Support Studies
- Foundation Degree (FdA) Health and Social Care.