Introduction to Counselling





Awarding Body




About the course

This course will enable you to identify and practice initial counselling skills and to understand the first steps in the theory of counselling.This award does not provide students with a professional qualification to practice as a counsellor.

Entry Requirements

No prior learning is required for this qualification but you will have achieved oral and written communication skills at Foundation Level (Level 1) or its equivalent and be over 18.

During the counselling courses as well as learning counselling skills and theory you reflect upon your own life. This can feel personal and revealing. We are looking for you to be reasonably emotionally robust. As a guide we ask:

  • If you have experienced a close personal bereavement to be into the second year
  • If you experience mental health issues we ask that you consider your wellbeing.
  • Where are you in the rhythm of the illness and is this right time for you to take this training?
  • If you are recovering from an addiction we would look for a minimum of 18 months but would prefer two years of recovery
  • We recognise that our life experiences gives us understanding of the struggles that life brings
  • We encourage you to join the training when time to rebalance has passed and you feel ready for the course
  • Our experience tells us that we have a duty to your health and safety
  • We consider inviting you onto the course too early to be detrimental to your health and well-being
What will I do on this course?

The course covers the following topics which are integrated into the programme.

  • Basic counselling skills
  • Reflective learning
  • Three main theoretical roots of counselling

This course will enable you to

  • Identify and practice initial counselling skills
  • Understand the first steps in counselling theory
Who is it for?

This 33 hour course is for you if you have little or no prior knowledge or experience of counselling but want a 'taste' of counselling concepts and methods of counselling. The course is also for people who are working or dealing with people regularly and who wish to improve their understanding of listening skills. Course is for learners aged 18 years old and over.

How to apply

Please call to discuss the course with one of our advisors, and enrol

0117 312 5000

Alternatively you can enrol at any of our centres.

How Is this course assessed?

You will write a weekly learning statement focusing on the course criteria. You will have a 10 minute practice assessment and a one hour externally set and marked exam.

What could I do next?

You can progress to the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills which would lead to the Level 3 Counselling Certificate and the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or the Foundation Degree in Counselling.

Additional cost

The course tutor will advise of relevant texts and materials at the beginning of the course.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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