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Counselling Studies - Level 3 Certificate (CPCAB)


About the course

Are you interested in people and the relationships that they have? Are you keen to improve your listening and communication skills to use at work and in your everyday life?

This course will develop your understanding of how you and other people relate to those around you, including the importance of communication.

This course will also prepare you for work experience as a trainee counsellor and is a pre-requisite for the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

You need to have successfully completed the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and require a reference/tutor recommendation. You will also have an interview.

This course introduces you to Psychodynamic & Humanistic theories and help students see the place for theory in the counselling process.

You will participate in a range of activities to develop your counselling skills, such as group discussions and triad role-plays. You will also undertake self-awareness exercises to learn about yourself and yourself in relationships.

As part of your self-development and understanding of the counselling relationship, you will complete 6 hours of personal counselling with an independent external counsellor therapist.  You will also keep a weekly journal to record your learnings on the course.

You will be required to complete all units and will undergo an external assessment.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling studies, awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.

You will be able to progress to courses such as the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, the CPCAB Level 2 Award in Understanding Substance Abuse or the CPCB Level 3 Certificate in Life Coaching Studies.

Further Information 1

This is an 18 week course part-time: Monday evening 5-9pm. There are also 5 Saturdays, which are 10-4.30 at the Finsbury Park campus.

The College have been like a family to me ever since I walked in the door

Tracy Callaghan

Tracy Callaghan

Studied: Diploma in Counselling

Destination: Now works as a clinical supervisor working to rehabilitate substance misusers

At a very low point in her life, while trying to overcome a serious assault, Tracy could no longer carry on her job due to her injuries. She came to the College to work out her options.

“I was so nervous as I’m dyslexic, did not have any GCSEs, and had been out of education for a long time but the careers team were brilliant. Bit by bit I built up my skills and experience from studying counselling theory to therapeutic and psycho therapeutic diplomas.

“I now own my own counselling service and manage volunteers supporting substance misusers. I am a creative clinical supervisor and council and use hypnotherapy with clients across the world on Skype. I also teach at the College who have been like a family to me ever since I walked in the door.”

Course information

Start date
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25 February 2019

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
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18 Weeks
Health, Social and Child Care
Class Type
Part Time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

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