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SEG Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
Study Mode
34 Weeks
Entry Requirements
Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts or equivalent is required, alternative suitable experience will also be accepted.

The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, or equivalent, is a pre- requisite for admission to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Learners will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of self.

These qualifications are designed for those learners who:

  • Seek the course as an entrance to their training to become a qualified professional counsellor
  • Wish to acquire a repertoire of counselling skills for use in other work areas, and who have no wish to become a professional counsellor, e.g. nurses, social workers and teachers.

This qualification is made up of credit rated units developed in association with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Sector. It develops a repertoire of interpersonal skills and counselling skills, promotes personal growth, and provides essential industry knowledge to help learners make informed career decisions.

Prospective learners should be made aware that this level of qualification is not intended to train counsellors and that they will not be qualified to practice as a counsellor on completion of the qualification. To do this, learners will need to undertake further training and they will need to check with centres offering this training what their entry requirements are.

Learners will complete this qualification with a comprehensive and full understanding of the following:

  • How to identify, practise and develop a range of interpersonal and counselling skills
  • The main theoretical approaches to counselling

Entry requirements

Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts or equivalent is required, alternative suitable experience will also be accepted.

Course units

It is intended that learners be given the opportunity to develop a range of counselling skills and skills in self-awareness and self-assessment. These skills will be more effectively developed through a process which encourages learners to assume an active responsibility for their own learning and which enables them to establish principles and good practice from a shared analysis with fellow learners and staff of experiences on the course and related experiences.

The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills aims to:

  • Develop a repertoire of counselling skills at a consistent level
  • Underpin these skills with an understanding of one major therapeutic model
  • Increase the self-awareness of the person and their awareness of the impact that they have on people

Learners must complete all 4 mandatory units:

  • Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
  • Understanding counselling theory
  • Using counselling skills
  • Personal development for users of counselling skills

Whilst you will gain personal benefit from these courses, they are not for personal therapy. If you are having personal therapy or receiving psychiatric treatment, then it is advised that evidence will be sought from an appropriate person, as to your suitability for the course.


This course encourages feedback from peers and tutors and also a process of self-reflection using weekly journals which is assessed through completion of a workbook.

Course fees

£0 - £811

The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility and loan availability, if you feel you may qualify for funding, or wish to discuss loan options, please contact the Funding Team.

Course progression

Learners who complete this qualification may be able to progress to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Please be aware that reasonable adjustments which may be permitted for assessment, may in some instances limit a learner’s progression into the sector. We are requested therefore, to inform learners of any limits their learning difficulty may impose on future progression.

Dates & course durations

January dates:

8th January 2024 - 17th June 2024, Mondays, 5.30pm-9.30pm

9th January 2024 - 18th June 2024, Tuesdays, 10.30am-2.30pm

10th January 2024 - 19th June 2024, Wednesdays, 10.30am-2.30pm

Study methods

Classroom-based with some E-learning through York College Blackboard and Microsoft Teams. There will also be a 1 day, mandatory, weekend workshop.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning & Research Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Additional costs

All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.

Career progression

This qualification, or an equivalent, will be a prerequisite for entry into the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. However, for those who do not intend to continue their studies further in the field of counselling, the course can be a valuable introduction to skills transferable into a range of career and educational opportunities.

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