Level 2 Counselling Skills

The free distance learning 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.

Learners will study the following units:

  • Using Counselling Skills
  • Introduction to counselling skills theories
  • Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills
  • Counselling skills and personal development.

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 Dyane Mackay on 01472 927497 for information about classroom based Level 2 Counselling Skills courses.

DurationCourse Duration: 8 weeks
LevelCourse Level: Level 2
FeesCourse Fees: Free

The free distance learning Level 2 Counselling Skills 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 Skills
  • 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

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 19-23 years of age you must also have already achieved a full level 2 qualification (or higher) or 5 GCSE Grades A*-C/Grade 9-4.

We will require evidence of this in order to receive funding for you.

If you are unsure of your level of literacy, please let us know.


The free distance learning Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills course is assessed in the following way:

Each candidate is required to give written responses to questions, which will be submitted to a qualified script marker to assess. These responses will be typed using our fully online EQUAL platform. Candidates are issued with online materials to assist with assessments.

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

You will also need to record a video of yourself, in a role play situation, in a helping relationship demonstrating the skills you learn. Any learners who select this option will need to submit their video along with their first assessment.

Alternatively, if you do not wish to video yourself, you can identify an appropriate witness who can observe you demonstrating the core counselling skills and provide a witness testimony. An appropriate witness is classed as any person who has relevant experience, knowledge, or qualifications in counselling skills. Please contact the team for further information.

Upon completion, you will receive an electronic certificate, which will be sent to you via email. A paper certificate can be issued upon request.

This distance learning Level 2 Counselling Skills 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.

Courses are fully funded subject to learner eligibility and changes in government funding. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you wish to discuss the eligibility criteria otherwise we will confirm eligibility upon receiving your application.

Awarding Body Information

For further information about the course specification please visit the awarding body’s web site www.TQUK.org or click here. 

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Our Level 2 Distance Learning courses are now completely free of charge*.

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