What is the course about?
This qualification is useful for anyone who would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either work or a personal capacity. These may be learners who wish to progress towards further qualifications or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other programmes (eg health and social care, children’s care, learning and development, voluntary and community work).
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
The course is free if you meet the eligibility criteria. You must be a UK resident or have lived in the UK for 3 years be at least 16 years of age.
What topics does the course cover?
To be awarded the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, learners are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units: Using counselling skills, Introduction to counselling skills theories, Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills and Counselling skills and personal development
How will I be taught and assessed?
You will be provided with online learning materials which covers all aspects of your course. You will be required to complete assessments for each of the units within the course and submit these by the deadline dates provided at induction. You will be allocated an assessor at the start of your course and they will support you to ensure you have a successful outcome. IT skills will be developed throughout your course and basic English skills will be assessed and discussed on an ongoing basis. Part of the assessment criteria of this course involves a role play activity. Alternatively, a witness statement can be used in place of the role play task. If choosing the role play option, you will need to have someone present to simulate a counselling discussion. If you are unable to find someone to support you with the role play, please inform you tutor. Whilst Information discussed within assessment activities will remain confidential (except for sharing with your Tutor, it may be necessary to share information with relevant professionals / agencies if the role play participant/s are at risk of significant harm. This will be discussed with participant/s before appropriate disclosure, where possible.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
Learners will need access to a laptop/tablet, in order to complete the course online.
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
On successful completion of this course you will gain a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. This qualification aims to introduce learners to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills. It gives learners the opportunity to investigate the knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills and engage in a helping interaction appropriately.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
If you are interested in progressing to further study at the next level of vocational learning, the following qualifications are available:Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to the following Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory or Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.