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Who is this course aimed at?

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.

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

Dates and Times

13th February 2020 - 30th July 2020

1.00pm - 5.00pm



Course Content

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 ABC 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

Exams and Assessments

A mixture of internal assessment and external examination.


ABC Level 3 certificate in counselling skills.


Learners who complete this qualification may be able to progress to the ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.



Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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