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Diploma in Counselling Skills Level 3

Ashington Campus
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Awarding Body:

NCFE Diploma in Counselling Skills (QCF) Level 3.

Start Date:
26 March

Who is the course for?

Anyone who would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either work or in a personal capacity. These may be learners who wish to progress towards further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other programmes (e.g. health and social care; children s care, learning and development; voluntary and community work). It is not suitable for people looking for psychological assistance to deal with personal issues.

Do I need any formal qualifications?

You must hold the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or an equivalent certificate from an alternative awarding body. Learners require a good level of oral and written English to participate in the course, ideally level 2 (GCSE) which is required to read handouts, write assignments and produce a portfolio of work. You will also be expected to produce assignments in a word-processed format.

You will be required to attend an initial assessment and discuss your enrolment prior to enrolling with your counselling tutor. Please contact Louise Sutton or Jill Hedley on 01670 841200 Ex 262 or by email, on louise.sutton@northland.ac.uk or jill.hedley@northland.ac.uk

What will I study on the course?

The course consists of five units:

- Developing counselling skills

- Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills

- Work ethically with counselling skills

- Counselling skills and diversity

- Counselling skills and personal development

In order to complete the course, you must successfully complete all five units.

The course runs for 3/5hrs, one evening/day per week over 15-30 sessions. It consists of a participative approach using tutor input, role plays, discussions, independent research, group and paired work, case studies and demonstrations backed up with handouts to reinforce learning. This includes skills practice which will be assessed through observation and reflection. Personal commitment, ability to meet deadlines and regular attendance is essential.

Each candidate is required to complete a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates the achievement of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria. Evidence within the portfolio could include: Assessor observation Witness testimony Worksheets Candidate product Assignments/ projects Professional discussion Case studies etc. The portfolio is submitted twice during the course for Internal and External Exam Board Moderation purposes.

Learners studying this course may do so as they wish to progress towards further qualifications or may be learners who wish to study the programme in order to complement other programmes (such as Health and Social Care or Children's Care, Learning and Development).

NCFE Diploma in Counselling Skills (QCF) Level 3.

Learners may progress from this course to a Foundation Degree in Counselling or a HE Diploma in Counselling or to Diplomas in Health and Social Care or Advice and Guidance.

Many of our learners study for free with a Fee Waiver when they are in receipt of qualifying benefits or studying a first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification and meet age restrictions or are aged between 16-18.

If you are not entitled to a Fee Waiver, you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help with paying your course fees, or if you are aged over 19 and planning to study at Level 3 or 4 and have not previously studied at Level 3 or above you will be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that covers the costs of your tuition fees. The loan will not cover the cost of any examination / registration fees and these will need to be paid for separately, or you may be entitled to receive Learner Support Funds to help cover the cost.

All learners may also apply for help with the cost of travel to college and the college may be able to help with the costs of childcare, travel, books, equipment and meals.

For more information our Help Hub team is available on 01670 841 200 or email helphub@northland.ac.uk.

How can I apply for this course?

Apply online by clicking here and registering, alternatively please contact our Help Hub on 01670 841 200, email helphub@northland.ac.uk or drop in to one of our open events.

Alternatively, if this is the course for you please click Book and Enrol Now – please note this option is only available for certain courses.

Where can I get any further information about the course?

You may find further information within this website including within case studies and our media gallery. You may also come along to an open event – dates of college events are listed here http://www.northumberland.ac.uk/events/

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