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. However, we are delivering some remote delivery DAY or EVE options as well

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

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 Day
Islington, N7, London 6th Sept 2022 to 31st Jan 2023 Tuesday Day
Islington, London 7th Sept 2022 to 1st Feb 2023 Wednesday Eve – FULL
Twickenham 8th Sept 2022 to 2nd Feb 2023 Thursday Eve
Brighton 7th Sept 2022 to 1st Feb 2023 Wednesday Eve
Brighton 7th Sept 2022 to 1st Feb 2023 Wednesday Day
Bromley, SE London 6th Sept 2022 to 31st Jan 2023 Tuesday Eve
Tunbridge Wells 5th Sept 2022 to 6th Feb 2023 Monday Evening
Reading 9th Sept 2022 to 3rd Feb 2023 Friday Day
Reading February 2023 start Tuesday Evening -PLACES AVAILABLE
REMOTE  OPTIONS x 2 Tuesday Eve or
Thursday Day
Tues Eve or
Thurs Day
Progression to L4 commences September

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, De Winter, 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 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 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.

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.

  • £960, discounted to £930 on full payment of £930 (including £176 CPCAB registration fee).
  • £435 deposit on enrolment with payment options – total £960.

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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