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Counselling Skills Introduction Level 2 Award

This course provides you with the opportunity to learn some basic counselling skills and experience counselling skills training.

What Counselling qualification is right for me?

Entry requirements

This exciting course is suitable for vocational students and returners to education, and provides a foundation for progressive counselling courses. No previous qualifications are required to start. Students between the ages of 16-18 years of age cannot enrol on this course.

Course content

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Why people come to counselling
  • What counselling is
  • Theories of counselling
  • Counselling skills
  • Active listening
  • Role play involving counsellor, client and observer

Assessment methods

Tutor delivery of course material, tutor role modelling, peer feedback and self reflection. You will be assessed throughout the course through a written learning record and skills observation. This will include an internal assessment and an external self-review assessment.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the Introduction to Counselling Course you may progress onto the CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills Course. The Introductory course enhances your' listening ability and thus lays a firm foundation for the following course.

Additional information

This is a part-time course delivered over 10 weeks. There is an additional cost of £20 for a textbook. From week three, you will be expected to do role-play every week.

Prospective students must be aware that they need to:

  • Have good English and literacy skills
  • Have access to a laptop or computer
  • Be able to upload documents​ on to an electronic system
  • Produce a 500 word journal each week on a Word document
  • Carry out role play scenarios each week
  • Sufficient hand writing skills to make notes in class/role play work
  • Be prepared to share aspects of yourself in groups
  • Sign on to a College computer after enrollment and before the course starts.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To find out further information, or to enrol onto this course please contact our Customer Contact Team on Live Chat, call us on 01234 291000 or email us.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
10 weeks 14/04/2021 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £300 Cauldwell Street BBK106S3 Course in progress
10 weeks 16/04/2021 Fri 9.30 am - 12.30 pm £300 Cauldwell Street BBK106S6

Part-time course already started?

Our upcoming 2021-22 part-time courses will be out in May. Get alerted when they're released by selecting your campus of choice below and filling out the relevant form:

Bedford College Enquiry Form

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.