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 to July courses available depending on venue. There are two options:
1. Day – 9.30am to 2.45pm
2. Evening – 5.15pm to 10.00pm
See table below:

During periods where Covid restrictions apply, we will proceed with the course using Zoom/Google Classroom remote delivery until such time we can return to classroom delivery. 

Location Week commencing 5th Sept 22 with
Break for half term & Christmas
Day or Evening options –
9.30am to 2.45pm or
5.15pm to 10.00pm unless stated
Islington, London 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Evening
Islington, London 7th Sept 2022 to 1st Feb 2023 Wednesday Day
REMOTE ZOOM OPTION 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Day
REMOTE ZOOM OPTION 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Evening
Twickenham 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Evening
Twickenham 9th Sept 2022 to 3rd Feb 2023 Friday Day
Bromley, SE London 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Evening
Brighton 8th Sept 2022 to 2nd Feb 2023 Thursday Evening
Brighton 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Day
Reading 9th Sept 2022 to 3rd Feb 2023 Friday Day
Reading 6th Sept 2022 to 31st Jan 2023 Tuesday Evening
Hastings 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Day
Tunbridge Wells 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Evening
Progression to L3 commences in February See website and prospectus nearer to the time Progression to L3 commences in February on basis of tutor approval

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:
Theory seminars, demonstrations, discussion and group work
Personal development and experiential work
Six sessions of peer helping work carried out in class – note that 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

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. PCCS

Tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment & criteria requirements.
External assessment:
Candidates complete an Assessment Paper within a one week designated time frame. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment. Note that candidates must pass both the External Assessment and the Internal Assessment to achieve the award..

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.

Course success:
Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100%, and consistently over the last 12 years performed well above national benchmarks.

£960, discounted to £930 on full payment of £930 (including £174 CPCAB registration fee).£435 deposit on enrolment with payment options for the balance – total £960.
For more information see Fees and payment options.

Please note that CPTA is an independent training provider and does not have the benefit of any government subsidy or student loans for course fees.
There are instalment options available for Course fees.

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