- Course Information
Counselling Skills involve the ability to listen to another person and hear exactly what they are trying to say, from their point of view. This portfolio based course is designed for those who want to learn listening/counselling skills to help others, either in a voluntary or employed capacity, or those who want to find out more about this field. The awarding body for this course is the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).
- Course Code
- Validated By
- Learner Aim Reference
- Attendance Pattern
- Course Level
- Level 2
- Study Mode
- Part Time
- Age Group
- Adults (19+)
This portfolio based course is designed for those who want to learn listening/counselling skills to help others, either in a voluntary or employed capacity, or those who want to find out more about this field. The course won’t teach you to be a counsellor but may help you decide whether or not to continue with further training. It is designed specifically to train you in the basic counselling skills which may be used in employment and everyday life to assist in improving communication and supporting others. The course is accredited by CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body).
- explores a range of counselling skills and allows you to put them into practice with other students in your group.
- introduces the ‘Person Centred Approach’ to help understanding of the application of counselling skills.
- develops self awareness regarding own attitudes, values and beliefs.
- supports safe and ethical working within a professional code of conduct.
- Entry Requirements
Applicants should hold English GCSE grade A*-C/9-4 or equivalent – this is to support the oral and written skills and requirements of this course. If an applicant does not hold this qualification a diagnostic assessment will be carried out to ascertain the level at which they are working – a minimum of Level 2 is an entry requirement for this course.
Furthermore, if you have already undergone some counselling skills training or use counselling skills in your employment, this would be an advantage.
Applicants need to be able to demonstrate their ability to handle the level of academic work required and show willingness to take responsibility for oneself. Applicants must be able to respect others regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
This course involves experiential
elements that will require some personal disclosure and associated personal development.
- How will I be assessed?
This is an excellent opportunity to develop your personal awareness and extend your
listening skills. Assessment comprises:
- one self review to show your development.
- one 2000 word essay.
- one recorded skills session of 20 minutes plus evaluation.
- an externally marked question paper, answering questions on a pre-prepared DVD.
You will also be expected to keep a learning review of your experiences throughout the course. Study skills support is available at Runshaw College, particularly with essay writing skills.
- Progression Pathway
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded a Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate and may wish to apply to study the Counselling Studies Level 3 Certificate, also available at Runshaw College.
Please be aware that if your long term goal is to work in an area with vulnerable adults or any person under the age of 18, it will be necessary to undergo a disclosure and barring services (DBS) check at your place of employment. If you have a criminal conviction this may exclude you from working in some job roles.
- Health, Safety & Well-Being
Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.
We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.
Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.
- National Careers Service
For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.
- Delivery Method - Classroom
This course is currently fully delivered in the classroom with social distancing measures in place. This is under regular review and any changes will be updated here.