Certificate in Counselling Skills

This course is delivered at several locations. Please select your preferred location

About this course

This Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB) course will suit anyone interested in developing their listening skills or beginning counselling training. This programme is interactive, as well as experiential, and students will be expected to write a reflective weekly journal to track their personal development, skills and understanding of helping at Level 2.

What you will study

On this course you will study:

  • Counselling/listening skills
  • Self Awareness
  • Ethical Practice
  • Reflective Practice
  • Working with Difference and Diversity

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including role play.  Assessment will be in the form of weekly reflective journals, 3 assignments and an external exam.

Course fee per year

Course Fee: £542.00

Part-time enrolment fee: £40.00

Exam Fee: £223.00

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade A*-C in English Language or Level 2 in Essential skills Communication. Applicants without the above will be required to undertake an online skills assessment. An ability to write and submit online a 700 word reflective journal and complete written assignments is essential. Applicants must be 18 or over.

Course times

Barry: 09:30 - 12:30 (Wednesday) 
           18:00 - 21:00 (Thursday)

Cardiff: 18:00 - 21:00 (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be via lectures, discussions, group work and role plays. The following units will be covered :

1. Use counselling skills ethically and
2. Establish and sustain the
boundaries of the helping role
3. Work empathically as a helper
4. Focus on the helpee’s needs and
5. Use self-awareness in helping work 
6. Use a range of counselling skills to
facilitate the helping interaction
7. Use feedback and reflection to
enhance counselling skills

Assessment is via weekly reflective journals of 700 words.
Three assignments of 1,000 words, creating an online portfolio by the end of the course.

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.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • 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
This course is presented in several different locations, please choose the one convenient for you above.



Career prospects & further study

Successful completion of the Level 2 leads to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies Course based on a satisfactory tutor reference.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE

Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ