Counselling Skills (RQF) Level 3
With this NCFE Counselling Skills RQF qualification, you will be working towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling. Providing knowledge and understanding of the core theories and theorists that underpin counselling, plus the nature of psychological problems and how to approach them, this Level 3 counselling course will teach you the key skills for the counselling profession, along with the importance of professional self-development.
This Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills can count towards parts of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework including equality & diversity, personal & people development, communication and interventions & treatments.
How does the course work?
This qualification is a distance learning course, which means that you will study individually from the comfort of your own home. You will be responsible for your study schedule, but this doesn’t mean that you will complete this home study course on your own. You will have access to support from an experienced tutor via phone, email or through our innovative learning platform, where you will also be able to communicate thoughts and ideas on your studies with other students.
The amount of study time it takes to complete this Counselling Skills Level 3 RQF qualification will depend on how much time you can dedicate to the course, as well as how quickly you can grasp the subject. At the end of every lesson, you will be given a question paper which you will need to complete and send back to your tutor. It is recommended that you spend at least 1-2 hours of your study time to complete each question paper.^ Back to top ^
Unit One: Developing counselling skills (T/502/8235)
Unit Two: Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills (L/502/8239)
Unit Three: Working ethically with counselling skills (K/502/8233)
Unit Four: Counselling skills and diversity (L/502/8225)
Unit Five: Counselling skills and personal development (L/502/8242)
You do not need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol on this course. It is open to all students as long as they are 16 or over to enrol on this course.
The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is 270 hours.^ Back to top ^
This course is knowledge-based, however, it includes a practical aspect so that you can demonstrate your newly-found skills. To meet the assessment criteria, you will be required to interact with several case study scenarios and provide audio/visual evidence to support these skills. This is so your assessor can see how you apply your knowledge to different situations, which will, in turn, help you confidently practise your skills in the future.
You will also be required to produce a variety of activity records and reflective accounts, as well as a development journal to help you track and reflect on the ways you have applied your counselling skills in your everyday life.^ Back to top ^
On successful completion of our NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (RQF) course you will receive a qualification listed on the RQF at level 3 (Qualification Reference Number: (600/0727/8). This course has also been assigned 40 credits.
NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.
NCFE is a registered educational charity and has a strong heritage in learning, going back over 150 years. With a buzz that sets it apart, NCFE is proud to be recognised for its exceptional customer service and friendly approach. We're a values based company and our values are at the heart of everything we do.
NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.
NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA Regulation) in Northern Ireland.^ Back to top ^
Developing your career
Upon completion of this Level 3 counselling course, you will possess a strong counselling skill set that you can put to immediate use in a professional setting, and have an excellent understanding of what it takes to excel in the counselling profession. With such knowledge and skills under your belt, you can confidently pursue a counselling career.
You could find yourself working for the NHS, in health clinics, charities or GP surgeries, or you could even build your client base and open your own practice. As a fully-qualified counsellor, you can earn from £20,000 to £40,000* a year.
If you wish to take your studies further, you could complement your learning with a course on integrated therapeutic counselling, mental health and social care, counselling children and adolescents or dysfunctional family counselling. You may even want to pursue higher education and apply for an undergraduate degree in a related subject at university to help unlock further job opportunities.
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You can earn an average of £31,000 a year
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