Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate (Intensive)

This qualification is designed to give you the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely.

This Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate programme is a part-time course where you’ll learn a variety of listening and responding skills which will enhance your interaction with others. This course is highly interactive, combining formal teaching with individual, small group and whole group activities.

This qualification is for:

  • Those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor 

  • Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles 

  • Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development 

  • (Intensive only) Those wanting to complete the Level 2 and 3 course in one year to gain entry to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

During the course you will learn: 

  • How to work safely and ethically in a helping session 

  • How to arrange and manage a helping session 

  • The role of difference and diversity and how these can influence a helping session 

  • The importance of self-awareness in counselling 

  • A variety of listening, responding and attending skills 

  • How to give and receive constructive feedback 



This course is validated by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body). CPCAB is an organisational member of the European Association for Counselling and their qualifications are internationally available. For more information, the CPCAB website can be accessed on 

This course is 18 weeks in duration and each session is 5 hours (Friday 9.30-3.00). The classes are structured with a tutor led element followed by a skills element, where you will put into practice what you’ve learned.

You will receive one-to-one feedback from your tutor at key points during the course to help you develop your skills and assess areas for development. 


Time commitment and independent study 

There will be a minimum expectation set for the time spent completing homework tasks and independent study. This is likely to fluctuate at key points during the course, such as before the exam and when producing the two assignments. 

The course has two formal assessment elements and candidates need to be proficient in both to pass the course: 

  • External exam 

  • Portfolio of evidence, which will involve a variety of documents including two assignments, reviews of your learning and feedback 


Progression route


After qualifying at Level 2, you can apply for the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (part time and intensive options available).  The intensive Level 3 will follow directly on from the Intensive Level 2 course. 

This qualification does not lead to employment. It is designed as pre-practitioner training for professional counselling qualifications but it could also lead to employment in a related field. 

Entry requirements 
  • Minimum candidate age, 18 years old.  

  • Candidates will be required to submit a short writing task prior to interview to assess literacy skills.  

  • An interview with the course tutor is a mandatory requirement before any places are confirmed.

  • Emotional stability* 

  • Ability to cope with course content**  

  • Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language  

  • Able to benefit from self-development   

  • Be motivated towards developing as a helper   

  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development 

  • Awareness of difference and diversity 



*This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological distress. **The nature of this course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. 

Disclaimer: Please note that if an applicant has experienced a significant life event in the last 6 months i.e. Bereavement or recovery from a mental health issue, the college has the right to refuse the application and will recommend deferring due to the demands of the course.  This can be discussed at interview. 

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