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Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor To be confirmed
  • Course Code K22HSSD03D
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This course introduces you to the main theoretical approaches to counselling and will give you an insight to working within a counselling agency. As part of this course, you can volunteer to work for an agency in a non-counselling capacity. The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies is designed for those of you who have already acquired practical counselling skills and theoretical knowledge at Level 2, and now wish to continue their training at an advanced level. This qualification has a strong focus on experiential areas such as profes-sional discussion and workshops; seminars; projects and presentations; learning reviews; simulated counselling practice; case studies; and simulated group training supervision. The course seeks to recreate real-life counselling scenarios, and will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. You’ll be introduced to the three main counselling theories, these being the Person-Centred approach, the Psychodynamic approach, and Cognitive Behav-ioural Therapy (CBT); providing you with a broad base of knowledge to help advance your future career.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
  • Understand the counselling relationship
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding
  • Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health
  • Use feedback, reflection, and supervision to support counselling studies.

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: Certificate in Counselling Studies (RQF) [CPCAB]

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. The course involves experiential elements, which will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. The assessment focusses on practical skills and qualities as well as on written evidence. The combination of tutor assessment and separate external assessment by CPCAB includes both objective independent assessment and the relational knowledge of the candidate and their work. To ensure you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor. The course is assessed via portfolio and external CPCAB assessment. Keeping a portfolio of your coursework will not only provide your tutor with evidence of your learning, but also help you with the learning process itself. Your portfolio is made up of different types of evidence. 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 mechanism for studying during your course throughout lockdown. The course is delivered in line with latest government guidance around social distancing and ‘lockdown’ restrictions and regulations.

Entry requirements

Online application and successful Interview with tutor. You should 19 years or over. Applicants to this course must have completed CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) or the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) equivalent of at least 75 GLH. This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological distress as the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

What you need to know before you enrol

100% attendance and punctuality are expected from all students. This course requires study/completion of activities outside of class time. Each session has (an) Assignment task(s) attached which you need to complete as you progress through the qualification building your knowledge, skills, and self-awareness in line with the CPCAB progression model. There is internal assessment and external written exam. For further information see:

What you need

Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language ? Able to benefit from self-development ? Emotional stability ? Evidence personal insight ? Ability to form a counselling relationship ? Awareness of difference and diversity ? Able to cope with course content ? Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development ? Be motivated towards developing as a counselling practitioner Confident in using computers autonomously and independently. Access to a computer and reliable internet connection You may also wish to bring your tablet or electronic devises to use in class. A willingness to participate in activities and commitment to completing tasks and assignments independently within stated deadlines

What you can do next

Once you have completed this qualification you can continue training to become a counsellor by doing CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4).


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