Level 3 Counselling New College Durham

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Level 3 Counselling New College Durham

Level 3 Counselling New College Durham


Level 3 Counselling Skills and Theory

Start date(s):
08 Jan 2018
20 weeks
Level 3
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course will further develop your counselling skills and help you to take the next step in your training to become a counsellor, or enhance your current role, either in a paid or voluntary capacity.
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This qualification aims to introduce learners to the essential counselling skills used in everyday life and work. You will develop sound planning, delivery and assessment skills for the workplace.


  • Developing and practising counselling skills – this unit covers the stages of initiating, developing and maintaining a helping relationship, and how to provide an effective environment to practice counselling skills. Using support and supervision, learners will also understand how to bring a helping relationship to an end effectively, whilst providing the best outcomes for both the client and themselves.
  • Understanding different approaches to the use of counselling skills – this unit provides learners with an awareness of two different approaches that can be used throughout the counselling relationship.
  • Working ethically in helping relationships – this unit helps learners understand the contexts in which counselling skills can be used. You will learn how to refer clients to other organisations that can offer suitable help, whilst maintaining ethical standards.
  • Understanding the importance of self-development in relation to helping others – this unit will enable learners to explore the importance of their self-development, own beliefs, values and behaviours, and identify the areas they’d like to work towards developing. You will explore various models of self-understanding and discover potential barriers you may have towards self-development.


Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed using the following methods:

  • Case study presentation
  • Reports
  • Small group presentations
  • Portfolio of evidence.

Tutor and peer observation & assessment of your contribution to discussion topics will be ongoing throughout the course.

Maths and English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, do not worry, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will have the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills. These qualifications will help you enhance your maths and English skills and can be taken at levels between Entry Level 1 up to and including Level 2. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Industry links:

Workshops with industry professionals will provide you with an insight into working in counselling.

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Do I need to pay fees?

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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Interview Instructions

All applicants will be asked to attend an informal one-to-one interview, and complete a short assessment.

Entry Criteria

You will be required to hold a Level 2 certificate in Counselling Skills, or equivalent.