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When & Where

Suitable For

  • 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Sara Stanton
  • Course Code W21HSCB04A

What you will learn

Are you ready to take the first steps in training to become a counsellor?

This course will give you the underpinning knowledge, skills, and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.

It is for students who want to start the first level of training as a professional counsellor or who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles.

This qualification will not teach you how to be a counsellor but it will you decide whether or not you want to train as one and it will give you counselling skills that are useful in a variety of roles e.g. care assistant, key worker, support worker

It will also help improve your professional and personal relationships as aspects of the cousre enable you to explore your development, awareness, communcaition and interpersonal skills.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the person-centred approach to counselling pioneered by the American psychologist Carl Rogers
  • Understand the basic principles of the skilled Helper
  • Be able to conduct a 10-15 minute counselling session
  • Be able to give counselling skills feedback

Class format and activities

You will learn experientially by active participation in classroom exercises and discussions.

You will be expected to work with other group members, to share a little of yourself with them, and to listen to and respect what others in the group share.

It is important that you are open to the possibility of learning more about yourself through your interactions with others in the group. This involves giving and receiving constructive feedback from tutors and peers.

NB: Counselling training requires you to be resilient and emotionally secure. This qualification is not suitable for prospective students who may be currently in a state of emotional difficulty, experiencing recent traumas, loss, addiction, or mental health issues. This is because the course involves experiential elements, which will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. This will be discussed at interview.

To ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor.

Entry requirements

On line application and successful Interview with tutor.
We expect all students to work with professional standards, including:

• time-keeping

• self-management

• respect for others

• respect for ‘the work’

• commitment

• trust and cooperation

• accepting responsibilities

• health and safety working practices

• responding positively to feedback

Professional Standards are required for you to meet the requirements of “working within an ethical framework for counselling”. We particularly encourage you to review point 81, 82, and 83 of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) ethical framework here.

What you need to know before you enrol

100% attendance and punctuality is expected from all students on this course.

This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time.

You must keep a weekly reflective journal alongside completion of set assignments to build a portfolio of evidence. Your portfolio will be stored electronically through MS Teams. This allows you and your tutors to manage your assessments and feedback online as you progress through your course. This is the help you progress through the qualification, building your knowledge, skills and self-awareness in line with the CPCAB progression model.

To achieve the qualification, you must also pass an external marked assessment set and marked by CPCAB.

As a student at Morley College London, you have access to Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft Teams in an application within Microsoft 365 – it is your primary mechanisms for studying and sharing resources.

What you need

Computer device , reliable Internet connection.
A willingness to participate in activities, commitment to completing tasks and assignments independently within deadlines. Ability to engage with feedback constructively

What you can do next

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free