NCFE Counselling Skills Level 3 – Online

Course overview

Study this course FREE, with no course fees! 

This is a fully online, self-directed, independent study course with assessor support and guidance. Students must have use of a laptop to complete this course and must be aged 19+ at the beginning of the academic year (31 August). 

This course is designed to support learners that are using counselling skills as part of their functional role in a wide range of sector areas. 

To study this course FREE, with no course fees:

You must either be:
Unemployed / earning under £20,319 before tax per annum in wages (excluding benefits)
Not hold a Level 3 qualification in any subject (equivalent to 2 full A levels, an advanced technical certificate or diploma)

You must also be:
Aged 19+ on 31 August prior to starting the course
Live in England, not within a non-funded postcode region 
Have been in the EU for three years for purposes other than study (and able to provide documentation) 

Please note: This course is funded via the ‘Free Courses for Jobs’ scheme, subject to meeting the criteria. If you are not eligible for a free course through government funding, you can still gain a qualification to further your career. The course fees are £2225, with an Advanced Learner Loan available if required.


The demand for talking therapies for anxiety or depression has increased dramatically recently. Counselling is helpful at different points in peoples lives, supporting their mental health, when experiencing bereavement or loss, processing significant life events, or overcoming trauma.

 If you would like to support people to improve their wellbeing and gain a certificate through an online course, the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills is a great way to gain both knowledge and a qualification and could prepare you for further study to become a qualified counsellor.

This course will cover the following:

  • Developing counselling skills
  • Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills
  • Working ethically with counselling skills
  • Counselling skills and diversity
  • Counselling skills and personal development

In taking this course you will:

  • achieve a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification
  • evidence your competency to employers
  • further your personal and professional development
  • learn at a time that suits you without the need to attend college

Applicants will need to have a successful assessment and be able to provide their Level 2 certificate.

If you hold international qualifications, we can assess these to see if you meet the criteria.

If you have no prior knowledge or experience of counselling, we recommend you complete our Level 2 Counselling Skills course before enrolling onto the Level 3 qualification.

This qualification could help you to progress to the follow careers:

  • Counsellor
  • Youth Worker
  • Psychotherapist

Fund your qualification with an Advanced Learner Loan with nothing to pay until you earn over £27k a year. 

If you are not eligible for a free course through government funding, you can still gain a qualification to further your career with the help of an advanced learner loan. Find out more about financial support for students aged 19+ and the Advanced Learner Loan. 

Course Starts in 76 Days
  • 19 February 2024 - 17 January 2025
  • 24 Weeks
    • Adult: £2225

      See eligibility criteria

    • 19+ Loans: £2225

      This course is eligible for Advanced Learner Loan funding.

    • Concessionary: Free
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