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Counselling Level 3

Course Code: ABC558
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

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!

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

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 by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

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 NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *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 be awarded your Level 3 Certificate in Counselling.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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Reviews For This Course

  • Course Rating

    "Better than an ordinary college!"

    - Charlene Atkinson, Carnforth

    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 enrole 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 aswell. 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!

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