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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

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Gain an in-depth understanding of counselling to support your role with this level 3 diploma in counselling skills.

  • This qualification will provide you with an excellent foundation of counselling knowledge and understanding.
  • This level 3 diploma in counselling skills is ideal for students who have previously studied a level 2 counselling qualification and want to progress and take their studies to the next level.
  • By studying this diploma, you will develop skills that will complement your existing role, whether you work in health and social care, education, etc.
  • Achieve this qualification from the comfort your own home, at your own pace.
  • This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).

Course overview

Ideal for students who are looking to develop their counselling skills to benefit their work, this course will allow you to gain an understanding of the fundamental theories and frameworks in counselling.

Studying this diploma in counselling skills provides you with an opportunity to learn how to apply core theories, study ethical frameworks, understand how to develop counselling relationships and find out more about diversity and discrimination.

After completing this nationally-recognised qualification, you will be able to take your studies to a higher level, use the skills you have gained to complement your current role, or progress to a role in which counselling skills are required.

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.

Course duration

12 months.

Study Hours

400 hours.

Course Outcome

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.

Entry Requirements

There are no pre-requisites to study this course, however you must be aged 16 or over.


You will be assessed through a series of written and recorded assessments. 

Course content

QRN: 600/0727/8

Extra info

Course duration

Once enrolled, you have 12 months to complete your studies. The course will take approximately 400 hours to complete.

Study method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn 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 online, depending on the study method you choose. If you choose to study online, your login details will be emailed to you. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away.


All units are internally assessed. Some units require demonstration of the counselling skills you have gained which will be assessed through recorded role play. Units will contain a mixture of written assignments and videos. Please note: you will need to ask a family member or friend to assist you with the counselling role play aspect of your video assessments.

Course outcome

QRN: 600/0727/8

Upon successful completion of the course, you will achieve an NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.

This qualification is worth 40 credits.

Awarding body

CACHE became part of NCFE in 2015.

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework), which ensures courses meet the highest level of quality when delivering industry-recognised qualifications such as this. This course has been developed by experts and benchmarked to industry standards to ensure you gain the knowledge that is required to pursue your career.

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will be entitled to access the CACHE Alumni Membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the CACHE industries, providing valuable resources and advice to professionals studying towards/with a CACHE qualification.

What next?

On completion of this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills, you will be able to use your qualification to demonstrate your counselling skills and knowledge. While this qualification does not allow students to practice as a counsellor upon completion, it does provide a useful knowledge base for students who work in a variety of support work roles. This could include the health and social care/health/teaching/childcare sectors as a:

  • Support worker (supported living).
  • Healthcare support service worker.
  • Clinical healthcare support worker.
  • Mental health support worker.
  • Information, advice and guidance worker.
  • Health education/health promotion worker.

Alternatively, you may choose to study counselling at a higher level or utilise your new skills in your current job role.


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