Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Bangor, Rhos-on-Sea, Rhyl
  • Course type:
  • Study Mode:
  • Level:
  • Programme Area:
    Health, Social Care and Childcare
    Specialist / Other
  • Course Length:

    1 year, 30 weeks (3 hours per week)

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Course Description

This course is suitable for:

  • People working in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors who would like to develop their counselling skills as part of their professional role
  • Students who wish to be considered for counselling training and progression at degree/postgraduate level.

The course will be set within the context of real work situations, and will look at aspects of empathic listening, as well as the role of attitudes, prejudices and values which may help or hinder the use of counselling skills. The course focuses on the importance of establishing a therapeutic relationship.

You will have the opportunity to identify, use and evaluate a range of counselling skills. The unit encourages awareness of the boundaries of the professional role and when referral to another person/agency is desirable.

Entry Criteria

You will need to have an Introduction to Basic Counselling Skills (or equivalent) and be working within an environment that allows you the opportunity to practise counselling skills for a minimum of 2 hours per week (this can be a voluntary placement).

Potential applicants should understand that this qualification is not suitable for those who are currently experiencing emotional difficulties. The course does involve skills practice that can involve 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 programme in terms of both the content and the commitment required to complete the course.


The overall course content is designed to be participative and the teaching style will reflect this process, in that it will demonstrate a link between counselling theory and practical skills.

The taught sessions will offer a variety of learning activities, with a mixture of:

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Small group work
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials


Ongoing assessments will be through self, peer and tutor feedback.

Modules are assessed through course work.

Assignments may include essays, presentations, workbooks, reflective journals, videos etc.


You could proceed onto more advanced counselling courses with Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, such as:

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling
  • Level 4 Certificate in Applying Therapeutic Skills and Approaches to Support Wellbeing in Others
  • Foundation Degree (FdA) Health and Social Care with specialist additional pathways

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