ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

This course provides learning experiences which will enable you to develop and practice counselling skills.

It will also increase your knowledge/understanding of such skills and look at counselling theories in more depth. It is specifically designed for those who want to take the next step towards training to become a counsellor (having already acquired some counselling skills), or continue their skills development for voluntary work or employment. This level does not qualify you to be a counsellor.

This course will enable you 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

Is this course suitable for me?

To enrol on this course you will need to have successfully completed the Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills or have relevant work experience. All applicants must attend an interview prior to being accepted on the course.

Is there anything else I need to know about this course?

It is a characteristic of counselling courses that it will involve a certain amount of self-disclosure about uncomfortable situations; this is undertaken in the confines of the class room and with boundaries and rules set by the learners. Due to the nature of the course, all students are required to sign a confidentiality agreement at induction.

Will there be additional costs?

You will need to purchase your own stationery and have access to a computer, email and printing.

Personal Therapy

You will be required to undertake 6 hours of personal therapy at your own expense

What could I do after I finish this course?

You may wish to progress to the L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Course

Next intake start dates:

Due to high demand we are offering the next L3 intake in January 2022. This gives students the opportunity to progress to the L4 Diploma starting in September 2022.

Course Dates & Times

This course runs for 26 weeks with half terms as per local schools. Running from 9.30am to 2.45pm, these Friday class dates will be:

Jan 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th;
Feb 4th, 11th, 25th;
March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th;
April 1st, 22nd, 29th;
May 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th;
June 10th, 17th, 24th;
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th.

There will also be two Saturday schools on April 30th & July 9th with longer class times of 9.30am to 4.30pm

We will offer the usual amount of L3 courses for September 2022 intake as well – dates TBC soon

How to apply

To receive an application form please click the ‘Apply for this course’ button below and we will contact you with a full application form, interview details and directions.


Tuition Cost:
£1,500 per annum for all tuition and registration

Spread Payments:
We are happy to take a 10% deposit and spread the fees over affordable monthly payments