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Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
4:30pm - 7:30pm
30 Weeks
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Health & Social Care

It is clear that the UK’s health and social care system is struggling, and with an increasingly ageing population, there is a significant demand for more people to enter the industry. In fact, around two million new workers will need to be trained and recruited by 2022.

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Course Overview

The course aims to provide an opportunity for students to explore counselling theory, acquire basic counselling skills and develop reflective skills on their use of basic counselling skills. The course is intended for people wishing to further their counselling training and personal development and people wishing to develop/enhance the use of counselling skills in present work roles.

Learners must complete all 5 mandatory units to achieve 40 credits.

The Units are:
- Developing Counselling Skills
- Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills
- Counselling skills and diversity
- Working ethically with counselling skills
- Counselling skills and personal development

All units within this qualification are internally assessed. The qualifications are criterion referenced based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. A learning log will be produced and a variety of assignment tasks will be set by your tutor to guide you through the qualification.

Entry Requirements

Candidates need to have successfully completed a level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and you may be asked to gain a reference from their tutor on that course.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor, Jamie McDowell, prior to enrolment:


After Your Course

- Enhancement of interpersonal skills within current occupational role, pre requisite for further counselling training.
- Progression to foundation degree in Counselling.
- Progression to FdSc in Counselling is dependent upon successful completion of level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, the outcome of an interview process and suitable references.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.