Certificate in Counselling Studies

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

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

Part-time enrolment fee: £40.00

Exam Fee: £226.00

Course Fee: £604.00

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. Successful Interview.

Course times

Barry - 12:00 - 15:00 - Wednesday 
          - 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.
  • 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

After completing this qualification, successful candidates may progress onto Higher Education courses in Counselling. We also offer the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Please see the fact sheet for further information on this programme.


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