Counselling Skills & Theory (Intensive Day) Level 3 CACHE Award

Course overview

For students who have completed Counselling Certificate NCFE Levels 1 and 2 or equivalent qualifications. The course provides advanced skills and counselling theory for use in work or the next step in training to become a counsellor and is QCA approved. Development of counselling skills is combined with an exploration of three major theoretical models: humanistic/psychodynamic/cognitive behavioural, all of which form the core structure of the course. A deepening personal awareness is encouraged. Professional issues including legal aspects of counselling, equal opportunities, grief and bereavement issues.

The counselling certificate courses are part of the foundation counselling certificate training at Guildford College, comprising NCFE Level 1 to level 3 certificate courses. The courses are for people with no previous experience in counselling training, but who have an interest in counselling or who want to use counselling skills and theory in their work. They are also an appropriate starting place for you if you wish to progress to a Counselling Diploma or Foundation Degree.

With an increasing demand for knowledge of counselling skills and theory in all walks of life, this course provides an ideal knowledge base. Students will have completed Levels 1/2 (or an equivalent counselling skills course, minimum of 70 taught hours) and will be able to continue that qualification with this more detailed theoretical and skills based course. Areas of study include professional, ethical and legal aspects of counselling.

Mini lectures, skills training, experiential activities in small and large groups, discussion and personal reflection.


Weekly assignments varying throughout the duration of the course. Between 5 – 7 hrs per week.

You must have undertaken and proficiently passed a counselling skills training course, e.g. our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or an equivalent qualification of at least 75 Guided Learning Hours from another institution.

This can be verified by providing:

A Level 2 Certificate from a reputable training institution which abides by the Ethical Framework and guidelines set out by a recognised counselling association e.g. BACP and
A portfolio of work

Counselling Foundation Degree at the College or Level 4 Diploma or other university degrees.

A copy of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice is required.

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