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Counselling Studies CPCAB Level 3 Certificate

Validated by the CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) this course is aimed at those who want to develop recognised counselling skills in the workplace or wish to develop their career as a professional counsellor.

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Entry requirements

NOTE: You will only be accepted on the course by an essential interview with a member(s) of the Counselling Team. You must also bring a copy of all certificates (from other training organisations and colleges) to the interview.

You need to be over 19 years old and have:

  • Completed an Introductory Course in Counselling of a minimum of 30 hours
  • Achieved the Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate and have relevant occupational experience.

Course content

You will study the following seven units:

  • The professional framework of the counsellor
  • The counselling relationship
  • Client diversity
  • The service user-centred approach
  • Personal awareness in counselling
  • Counselling concepts and skills
  • Person-centred counselling theory
  • Supervision and self-reflection.

Assessment methods

Tutor led material and group discussion. There will be continuous assessment with portfolio production, essays, case study, personal journal and self, peer and tutor assessment. Towards the end of the course you will be examined externally on your ability to identify Level 3 Counselling Theory and complete a Candidate Learning Record.

Further study and career options

Successful completion of the course, along with your Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate, enables you to progress on to our Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 Diploma.

Additional information

You can expect additional study time of 4 hours per week. Six hours of personal counselling is now a requirement of the course.

Funding information

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. Find out more about your payment options and how your loan could be written off at

Course information & how to book

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 20/09/2016 Tue 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £724 Cauldwell Street K818S3 Course in progress
32 weeks 21/09/2016 Wed 9.30 am - 12.30 pm £724 Cauldwell Street K818S1 Course in progress
32 weeks 21/09/2016 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £724 Cauldwell Street K818S2 Course in progress

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2017-18 Part-time Course Guide will be out in May.
You can request a copy via the form below...

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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Advanced Learner Loans
If you’re aged 19 or over on the start date of your chosen course, you can apply for a loan to cover the tuition fees for some Level 3+ qualifications. There’s also nothing to pay back until you’ve completed your course and you’re earning over £21,000 per year!

» Visit the Advanced Learner Loans page for more information

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