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Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate

  • L2
  • EHCP
  • UE

This course is aimed at those who want to develop recognised counselling skills in the workplace or wish to develop their career as a counsellor.

What Counselling qualification is right for me?

Entry requirements

NOTE: You will only be accepted on the course by an essential interview with a member(s) of the Counselling Team. You must also bring a copy of all certificates (from other training organisations and colleges) to the interview.

You need to be 19 years of age or over and hold:

  • An Introductory Certificate in Counselling of a minimum of 25 hours

Course content

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Using counselling skills ethically and safely
  • Managing and helping interaction
  • Communicating empathic understanding
  • Managing an active listening space
  • Using self awareness to facilitate helping work
  • Use counselling skills coherently
  • Use study skills to help manage learning

Assessment methods

You will need to complete a Learning Journal throughout the course. Assessment will involve self, peer and tutor assessments. There will also be a practical skills assessment. Towards the end of the course you will be externally examined on your ability to identify Level 2 Counselling Skills and you will need to complete a Candidate Learning Record.

Further study and career options

Successful completion of this course, along with our Counselling Studies Level 3 Certificate, enable you to progress onto our Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 Diploma.

Additional information

You can expect additional study time of three or six hours respectively. Six hours of personal counselling is now a requirement. There is an additional cost of £20 for a textbook.

Candidates who are already enrolled on courses at Bedford College do not need to fill in an application, or attend an interview. A group interview will be offered as part of your current course by your tutor at the end of the course.

Please note that the sessions starting in January 2021 requires additional Saturday learning (9.00am-4.00pm) on the following dates:

  • 22nd January 2021
  • 19th March 2021
  • 14th May 2021
  • 18th June 2021

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 7 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

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
20 weeks 08/01/2021 Fri 9.30 am - 12.30 pm £523 Cauldwell Street BBK111S4 Course in progress

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

Shuttleworth College Enquiry Form


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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.