L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

About the course:

This part time course is intended for Level 2 graduates (or equivalent), who want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor (having already acquired counselling skills) and learn more about counselling theories and practice. You will develop on your knowledge of Person Centred counselling in practice and will be introduced to key concepts of Psychodynamic counselling and the Cognitive Behavioural approach. Level 2 and 3 together form the foundation in counselling theory and skills required for progression onto the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

UPDATE – These courses will proceed via classroom delivery from September. However, we are delivering zoom remote delivery DAY or EVE options as well

During periods where Tier 2, 3, 4 or lockdown is designated, we will proceed with the course using Zoom/Google Classroom remote delivery until such time we can return to classroom delivery. Classroom delivery will be considered where there is a designation of Tier 1.

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 – 9.45am to 2.45pm
2. Evening – 5.30pm to 10.00pm


Location Week commencing
21st Feb 22 to 4th July 22
Break for Easter & half term
Day or Evening options
9.45am to 2.45pm or
5.30pm to 10.00pm unless stated
Islington, N7 21st Feb to 4th July Monday Evening
Islington, N7 24th Feb to 7th July Thursday Evening
Angel, Islington 23rd Feb to 6th July Wednesday Day
Bromley 21st Feb to 4th July Monday Evening
Twickenham 21st Feb to 4th July Monday Evening
Tunbridge Wells 21st Feb to 4th July Monday Evening
Brighton 21st Feb to 4th July Monday Day
Brighton 24th Feb to 7th July Thursday Evening
Reading 22nd Feb to 5th July Tuesday Evening
Reading 25th Feb to 8th July Friday Day
Hastings 25th Feb to 8th July Friday Day

Entry requirements:
Candidates are required to have undertaken counselling skills training – e.g. CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L 2) or equivalent units/qualifications of at least 75 guided learning hours (GLH). Online training courses will not suffice. For internal progressing applicants from our Level 2 course we require a tutor reference of recommendation. For new applicants to CPTA we require a reference from an employer, tutor, or from a professional person to comment on your suitability for this type of course.
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.

Programme activities:

  • Theory seminars, demonstrations, discussion, group work and presentations
  • Personal development and experiential work
  • Essay
  • Case study based on six sessions of peer helping work – This involves willingness to participate with some personal disclosure
  • Tutor and peer assessed skills practice – Skills sessions involves participation with some personal disclosure
  • Training group supervision
  • Learning review
  • Self review

Reading for the course:
Counselling Skills & Studies:F B Dykes, B Kopp, T Postings, A Crouch.  Sage
Counselling Skills and Theory: Margaret Hough: Hodder
Next Steps in Counselling Practice: by Pete Sanders, Alan Frankland & Paul Wilkins. PCCS

Tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment and criteria requirements.

External assessment:
Candidates watch a 15 minute CPCAB DVD of a “counselling” session and complete a
90 minute feedback paper in relation to the DVD. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment.

Successful candidates may progress onto CPCAB’s Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) provided that CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2), or equivalent, is first acquired in addition to CST-L3. Progression is subject to tutor reference.

Congratulations to our candidates and tutor team on 100% pass rate for external assessments for 6th year running at all locations – Brighton, Bromley, London, Reading, Guildford, Hastings, Faversham, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Keep up the excellent work! Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100% and consistently well above national benchmarks.

For more information see Fees and payment options.

  • £950, discounted to £921 on full payment of £921 (including £171 CPCAB registration fee).
  • £425 deposit on enrolment with payment options – total £950.

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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