L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

About the course:
This part-time course is intended for candidates who want to learn how to use counselling skills within an ethical framework for providing helping, mentoring, care planning, teaching, pastoral and other forms of support work in either a voluntary or employed situation. You will be introduced to the Person Centred approach (Carl Rogers) to counselling and to the ‘Skilled Helper’ (Gerard Egan) integrative model. You will build on your knowledge and counselling skills practice with tutor guidance, peer feedback and evaluation.

Dates and times:
Part time September to February or February/March to July depending on venue. Day or evening times are available depending on venue as stated below. Progression to Level 3 follows on same day and time from September or February depending on sequence – refer to prospectus for further information.
Dates and times:
Part time day or evening, September to February or February/March to July courses available depending on venue. There are two options:
1. Day – 9.45am to 2.45pm
2. Evening – 5.30pm to 10.00pm
See table below:

Dates with breaks for half terms
Day or Evening options
9.45am to 2.45pm or 5.30pm to 10.00pm unless stated
Bromley, SE London 26th Feb to 8th July Wednesday evening
Brighton 26th Feb to 8th July Wednesday day 9.30am to 2.30pm
Brighton 25th Feb to 7th July Tuesday evening
Angel, Islington, London 28th Feb to 10th July Friday day
Islington, N7, London 24th Feb to 6th July Monday eve
Reading 28th Feb to 10th July Friday day
Reading 24th Feb to 6th July Monday evening
Twickenham 27th Feb to 9th July Thursday eve
Hastings 28th Feb to 10th July Friday day
For other locations or tailored workplace course delivery to staff teams – please enquire.

For further information on L2 options please refer to our prospectus.

Progression to Level 3 in September on same day and time
Most Level 2 course options tend to fully enrol, so apply early to avoid disappointment. Some options are subject to sufficient numbers for a viable group to start.

Entry requirements:
Candidates must have sufficient writing skills to undertake the written course work and assessment requirements of this course. GCE or GCSE English grade C, or at least Level 1 or preferably L2 English written and oral skills. We require a reference from an employer, tutor, or from a professional person to comment on your suitability for this type of course.

Programme activities:
Programme activities: Theory seminars, demonstrations, discussion and group work Personal development and experiential work Essay Six sessions of peer helping work carried out in class Skills practice sessions involve participation with some personal disclosure.
Tutor and peer assessed skills practice Weekly Learning Review of two pages per week   Self review Tutorials

Time on coursework
Allow about 2 hours outside the course time to do the weekly learning review and assignments related to the course

Reading for the course:
Counselling Skills & Studies: F B Dykes, B Kopp, T Postings, A Crouch: Sage First Steps in Counselling Practice: by Pete Sanders. (4th Edition) PCCS

Tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment & criteria requirements External assessment: Candidates watch a 15-minute CPCAB DVD of a “helping” first session and complete a 60 minute candidate feedback paper in relation to the DVD. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment. Progression: Successful completion of this course will give you eligibility for entry on to the Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3). Progression is subject to a satisfactory course tutor reference and interview.

Total £917 including £167 CPCAB registration & assessment fee –
£425 deposit on enrolment with payment options.
For more information see Fees and payment options.

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