Course Overview

Counselling Level 3

Course code: ABC558

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Study counselling, from home!

  • This course is perfect for those who wish to develop a sound knowledge base about counselling theory and practice
  • Students will study key aspects, skills and competencies required for counselling as well as studying the nature of professional counselling relationships
  • You will also have the opportunity to explore a range of theoretical approaches to counselling, which is ideal if you require a broad overview before pursuing a specialist field of counselling, such as psychotherapy

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is easy and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), at the end of this course students will be able to join and become a member of the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an independent self-regulated professional body for counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. 

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Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1: Key Aspects of Counselling
  • Introduction
  • Who becomes a counsellor?
  • Counselling theory and skills
  • Problems with directed advice
  • Why do people seek counselling?
  • Counselling types and settings
  • Training and knowledge development
Unit 2: Counselling Skills and Approaches
  • Structure of counselling
  • The main theoretical approaches
  • Counselling skills and core competencies
  • Ending the counselling relationship
Unit 3: The Counselling Relationship
  • Confidentiality
  • The counselling relationship
  • Transference
  • The counselling contract
  • Referral
  • Dealing with clients in crisis
  • Supervision
Unit 4: Psychodynamic Counselling
  • How theory evolved
  • Adler
  • Jung
  • Object relations and ego psychology
  • Bringing it all together
Unit 5: Humanistic Counselling
  • Introduction
  • Rogers and the person-centred approach
  • Maslow
  • The existential approach
Unit 6: Behavioural approaches
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Skinner
  • Behaviour and learning
  • The ABC model
  • Defining irrational beliefs
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • The triadic structure of CBT
  • CBT Assessment
  • Awareness, knowledge and understanding
  • Practical skills
Other Information

Assessment

This course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted and then marked by your tutor. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

Study Method

This course will enable you to work when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), at the end of this course students will be able to join and become a member of the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an independent self-regulated professional body for counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. 

Q&As

Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • *Student study planner
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

Once we receive your work we will mark it and return it to you. On successful completion of the course you will achieve Certificate in Counselling Level 3.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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Better than an ordinary college!

Studying counselling level 3 at open study college is better than an ordinary college! I chose to study counselling level 3 because it's always been my dream job when growing up. The study materials that came in the post are easy to follow & set out really good so it's easy to understand! My tutor Amanda is really nice & very supportive. She always responds to my emails & always helps me out. I would recommend open study college & have told a few of my friends about it and they are now wanting to enrol with OSC.

It's great because you can study when you feel like it, so if you have kids or work or even because you've got an illness like me that sometimes affects your ability to study you can put your study book away & wait until you've got better! I've found counselling level 3 fun to do as well. And some people may say 'your not getting the proper learning like you would in an ordinary college' but the truth is you are!

I've found I have learnt a lot. I'm starting to even discuss things with family and friends and I'm proud of how much I have learnt! I'm wanting to do another course once I have finished this one. All I can say, is thank you OSC you've helped me get my confidence back with learning & made me realise you should never let an illness hold you back! Charlene!

- Charlene Atkinson

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