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.

Additional L2 Award in Mental Health Awareness

Included in our L3 Certificate is a L2 Award qualification in Mental Health Awareness. This is a separate part of the course, taught over 12 hours in addition to the learning hours for L3. The fee for L3 includes this L2 Award. This L2 part is awarded through the ABC Licensing Scheme, see below for details.

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

Course Dates & Times

This course runs for 32 weeks with half terms and holidays as per local schools.

Next intake start dates:

Monday 13th September 2021, 3.30pm to 8.30pm
Thursday 16th September 2021, 9.30am – 2.30pm
Friday 17th September 2021, 9:30am - 2:30pm

(We will run one, two or three groups according to demand)

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

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The L2 Mental Health Awareness component of this course is accredited by the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme.
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At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that CCT has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 2 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by CCT to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards/Certa endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales