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Course Title:

Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

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Course Description:

Subject to awarding body approval


This course is designed for individuals interested in developing and using counselling skills as part of their work role in a range of different sectors; or those who are looking to progress towards achieving accredited counsellor status. The course will focus on the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work and some of the approaches that underpin counselling skills; as well as the importance of personal-development.


The course is delivered over a series of linked sessions which will be structured around 5 main study blocks and will run Friday to Sunday.


Study Block 1:

Session 1: Friday 14th – Sunday 16th January 2022

Session 2: Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd January 2022

Session 3: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th January 2022

Session 4: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th February 2022


Study Block 2:

Session 1: Friday 18th – Sunday 20th February 2022

Session 2: Friday 4th – Sunday 6th March 2022

Session 3: Friday 11th – Sunday 13th March 2022


Study Block 3:

Session 1: Friday 25th – Sunday 27th March 2022

Session 2: Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May 2022


Study Block 4:

Session 1: Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May 2022

Session 2: Friday 13th – Sunday 15th May 2022


Study Block 5:

Session 1: Friday 27th – Sunday 29th May 2022

Session 2: Friday 10th – Sunday 12th June 2022

Session 3: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th June 2022

You must be able to attend every session in order to successfully complete this qualification.


Please note: This qualification does not qualify you to practice as a counsellor. However, it can support working in and progression into a number of employment roles including: support worker, mental health support worker, social work


 Entry requirements:

You will need to have achieved English at GCSE grade 4 (C) or Functional Skills Level 2. 


What could this course lead to?

This course is free to all eligible students aged 19 or over who have not previously gained a full level 3 qualification. We will assess if you are eligible when you apply. 


If you already possess a level 3 qualification, you may consider covering the cost by applying for an Advanced Learner Loan (ALL) or arrange a payment plan with the college. Did you know you don’t need to repay your loan back if you complete a university degree afterwards, or until you are earning a certain amount? For full details and ALL eligibility visit:


Funding Support Statement:

Counselling, Support Worker, Mental Health Support Worker

Need more Information?

You can find out more about Northern College and the courses on offer at one of our Virtual Open Events

Tuition Fee: £2225*

* Please note the fee displayed is for the tuition fee only. If you are staying overnight at the college and you are not eligible for residential funding, there will be an additional charge to cover bed, breakfast and evening meal.
* Please confirm with The College Registry as fees can change and also with regards to your circumstances (unless otherwise stated).

email : mis at northern dot ac dot uk
Tel : 01226 776000