Certificate in Counselling Studies

course full
L3 Level 3
Part Time
10 September 2020 — 14 May 2021
Barry Campus
This course is available at other locations or at different start dates/levels.

About this course

Our Certificate in Counselling Studies course is aimed at those students who wish to continue their progression from Level 2 Counselling Skills. This programme continues to develop pupils' practical listening skills, whilst also introducing a number of counselling theories. Studying in the college's dedicated classrooms and facilities, this course outlines the practice of clinical supervision and the requirements of working in a counselling agency. 

The qualification prepares learners for Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling, but will also consolidate knowledge, understanding and skills for those who want to exit the programme at this point.

What you will study

Students will study a number of aspects of counselling including:

  • Counselling skills
  • Counselling theories
  • Self awareness and reflective practice
  • Counselling supervision
  • Working in a counselling agency

Course fee per year

Exam Fee: £152.00

Course Fee: £598.00

Entry requirements

Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 or equivalent. Experience of working in a helping role in social work/support work or nursing is helpful. Applicants should be 18 or over.

Course times

Barry - 12:00 - 15:00 - Thursday 
          - 18:00 - 21:00 - Thursday
Cardiff - 18:00 - 21:00 - Tuesday and Wednesday 

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed by:

  • Weekly reflective journals
  • Class presentations
  • Supervision assignments
  • Taped skills assessments
  • Final portfolios
  • External exams

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including role play

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

10 September 2020

End date

14 May 2021

Time of day

Night Time

Part Time

3.5 hours per week


Barry Campus
Maps & directions

Course code



Certificate in Counselling Studies QCF



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Barry Campus
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Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ