Level 2 Counselling Skills

The Level 2 Counselling Skills course is suitable for those wanting to learn more about the skills and knowledge required to engage in counselling skills and to understand the different approaches involved. The qualification would be useful for anyone who would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either work or in a personal capacity. However as this is a distance learning course, you may not find that colleges accept this as entry to a classroom based  Level 3 Counselling Skills course.  If you are local to the Grimsby area please contact Leigh Southern 01472 311222 Ext 462 for information about classroom based Level 2 Counselling Skills courses.

Course Duration: 8 weeks
Course Level: Level 2
Course Fees: Free

This course is currently being subsidised by the college and is, therefore, free of charge at present UNLESS you fail to complete it; in which case you will be liable to pay £85 to cover the cost of materials and administration plus any registration costs that may have been incurred.

Courses are fully funded for people who have lived in England for the past three years and are classed as “home fee paying students”, are aged 19 yrs or over and are not currently accessing any other government funding.

Please note there is a non-completion fee of £85 if you have to be withdrawn from the course.

The course will 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.
You will be required to demonstrate an ability to use some of the core skills involved in a helping relationship.

  • Unit 1: Using counselling
  • Unit 2: Introduction to counselling skills theories
  • Unit 3: Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills
  • Unit 4: Counselling skills and personal development

Although there are no formal entry requirements for this course, due to the nature and course delivery of distance learning we require all applicants to hold a minimum of English Literacy Level 1 or equivalent.

If you are between 19 and 23 yrs of age you must also have already achieved a full level 2 qualification ie the equivalent of 5 GCSE Grades A- C

If you are unsure of your level of literacy please read the attached instructions to undertake a literacy assessment on line. This will take no longer than 20 minutes to complete. Instructions are available here, and more information can be found at www.learnmyway.com.

This course will take 8 weeks to complete and consists of 2 written assessments plus a practical piece of work which must be videoed or observed by someone qualified to give a witness statement.

Each candidate is required to give written responses to questions in a work booklet, either handwritten answers or completion of the assessment booklet using an electronic template which can be provided.

You will also need to identify an appropriate witness who can observe you demonstrating the core skills of counselling and can provide a witness testimony. An appropriate witness is classed as any person who has relevant experience, knowledge or qualifications in counselling skills. This could vary from:

  • A counselling or interpersonal skills course at level 1
  • A completed or partially completed counselling course at level 2
  • A completed counselling skills unit as part of a larger qualification at level 2 or above
  • A short course or courses about counselling skills (e.g. a full day workshop where there was training and practice of counselling skills, or the training provided for workers at voluntary agencies that provide emotional support)
  • A short CPD course in counselling skills.

Alternatively if you don’t have access to an appropriate witness, you can record a video of themselves demonstrating particular counselling skills in a helping relationship. Any learners who select this option will need to send their video recording with the written assessment answers via email.

You will be required to submit 2 assessments each taking 4 weeks to complete.

Level 2 Counselling Skills Awarding body

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