Level 3 Certificate In Counselling Studies



This course will open for application from 1st March 2020



Places will only be offered after completion of an application form, written exercise and a successful  interview. 



Designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.


Length of Course

90 guided learning hours (30 weeks)


Day of Course


Course Start Date

7th September 2020







  • Course cost - £800 

  • CPCAB Candidate Registration Fee - £169 - this is an awarding body fee that covers your registration with the CPCAB, certificate and external assessment. CPCAB increase this fee annually and so is subject to change slightly;

  • Other additional costs include the course text books, printing and a minimum of 6 x counselling sessions with a Person-Centered Counsellor (some Counsellors offer discounts for students - a list of approved Counsellors will be provided at the start of the course).  


Payment Options

For both payment options a non-refundable deposit of £200 is payable within 5 days of receiving an offer of a place on the course. This payment will secure your place on the course. It should be noted that if the deposit is not received in this time, the pace may be offered to another applicant. 

After payment of deposit, either: -

  • Payment of £600 in full at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the course or;

  • Payment of five instalments of £120 for the first five months of the course. This is to be paid by the 10th day of the month. Terms and conditions apply.

Course Attendance

90% minimum (please consider this when booking holidays, especially in relation to the external assessment which will be taking place in late April 2021 - CPCAB won't confirm the exact date for this until September 2020).


Minimum Age

18 years


Entry Requirements
  • You must have undertaken counselling skills training e.g. CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent of at least 75 guided learning hours. Proof of this will be required at interview;

  • Level 2 or equivalent in English Language - or ability to demonstrate this. 

  • Good IT skills - ability to use Word, fill in proforma templates electronically, attach documents to emails and send, use an online classroom platform;

  • A willingness to discuss thoughts and feelings with others as part of a group, 1-2-1 with other students and tutors and in writing;

  • A willingness to undertake a minimum of six hours of personal therapy at your own cost;

  • A willingness to give feedback to and receive feedback from others in the group;

  • Be committed to exploring your own values, beliefs and attitudes and examining how you relate to other people;

  • Be committed to the learning process and completing the necessary homework to fulfil the requirements of the course;

  • Applicants who are experiencing current emotional or psychological problems will not be accepted onto the course'

  • Applicants who are experiencing current significant life circumstances may not be accepted onto the course.


Course Content

A large part of the course is experiential learning and observation and involves a commitment to personal development/developing self-awareness.


The course contains the following units:-


  1. Using basic counselling skills within the limits of a helping role;

  2. Establishing a helping interaction;

  3. Communicating understanding of other person’s concerns;

  4. Focussing on the person’s agenda;

  5. Understanding the importance of self-awareness in helping work;

  6. Using different types of listening and responding skills in a helping interaction;

  7. Using review and feedback to evaluate helping skills.

Session will consist of:-

  • Personal Development - These types of session aim to develop personal self-awareness and facilitate your personal enquiry into your own personal history and personal relationships;

  • Theory - These sessions examine topics relating to counselling skills and from a person-centered approach (although other theories are looked at on the Level 3 course);

  • Skills Practice - Skills practice sessions involve you practicing your counselling skills on each other in groups of 3 or 4.


Internal - You will produce a written portfolio of work, which documents evidence of your learning, a record of your personal development and a collection of evidence to support CPCAB criteria outlined in the Candidate Learning Record (CLR). Success on the course is dependent upon the completion of this portfolio.


External – You will sit a written external examination set by the CPCAB during course time. Successful completion of the course is dependent upon passing this assessment.

All seven learning processes are individually assessed throughout the courde using the following methods:-

  • Learning Journals;

  • Tutor and Peer Feedback;

  • Self-Assessment;

  • Written Assignments;

  • Worksheets;

  • Case Presentation;

  • Group Supervision;

  • Self Review;

  • External Assessment.

Additional Study Time

6-7 hours a week (this may vary from student to student) that may increase slightly when various assignments are due to be handed in. It is important that the course in considered in relation to other areas of your life in order that you can give the course your time and commitment to give you the best opportunity to complete it. Please consider how it will fit into your current employment, family life, health issues etc. 



This is a stand-alone Level 3 Counseling Studies course but progression is available on to the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Studies which the Centre will be offering from September 2020.

Core Text

  • Ballantine Dykes, Fiona, Kopp, Barry and Postings, Traci. 2017 Counselling Skills and Studies. 2nd ed. London: Sag


Other Suggested Reading

  • Sanders, P (2006), The Person-Centred Counselling Primer: A Steps in Counselling Supplement (Counselling Primers) PCCS

  • Tolan. J. 2012 Skills in Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy (Skills in Counselling & Psychotherapy Series) 2nd ed. London: Sage


Course Materials

You will need to bring paper and a pen to lessons. To keep costs of the course down, most resources, such as handouts will be sent electronically. Students are therefore welcome to bring tablets to sessions for course purposes only (you will be required to produce some printed material).


You will also need:-

  • A copy of the CPCAB Candidate Learning Record;

  • BACP Ethical Framework;

  • Two core text books;

  • Access to a computer and printer.

How To Apply

Send an email an an application pack will be sent. 

Feedback From Recent Courses

"Great course, great tutor. Very satisfied with the whole learning experience and the journey"

Introduction to Counselling Student

I am so happy, so relieved and so grateful for your amazing words and your teaching throughout the course. I have learnt so much and I am so grateful for the positive difference you have made during this learning experience".

Introduction to Counselling Student

The course will only go ahead if there are sufficient applications. Any fees paid will be refunded in the event of course cancellation

Northamptonshire Centre for Counselling Studies

07999 858630


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