Our counselling courses offer foundation skills needed to undertake further training to pursue a professional career. Courses are currently underway and the next available courses will be in the programme for 2022-2023 with details on the website from early summer.

Funding Support

  • If you are unemployed or earning less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary – your level 2 course could be free
  • If you are aged 19 or over and do not hold a full level 3 qualification – your level 3 course could be free
  • If you are aged 24+ and wish to undertake a course at level 3 or above you could take out a 19+ learning loan. You’ll only repay when your income is over £511 a week or £2,214 a month
  • If your household income is less than £30k per annum you could receive support to help with associated learning costs e.g. books, travel, childcare, laptop and wifi

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Why choose these courses?

CPCAB qualifications are a badge of excellence.

  • retrain at any age
  • part time learning offers the flexibility to continue working, look after a family, whilst progressing towards a new and exciting career
  • funding for these courses could be available

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Courses and locations

We offer the following counselling courses at varying locations across Essex:

  • Counselling Skills Introduction
    This course must be completed before progressing to the further levels.
    This course offers an introduction to: effective listening, counselling theory, ethical considerations, principles and practices in person-centred counselling.
  • Counselling Level 2
    Before enrolling on a Level 2 Counselling Skills course, you are required to complete an ACL Counselling Skills Introduction course and complete a pre-course assessment.
    This course leads to CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills. The course develops further understanding of person-centred counselling concepts and theories focussing on knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills to engage in a helping interaction appropriately. Homework is essential throughout the course; you will keep a journal with regular reflection on your own development and complete a portfolio of written evidence. Assessment for certification includes one formal examination and submission of a portfolio of written evidence.  Certification on this course does not qualify you to practice as a Counsellor. You must attend a pre-course assessment and demonstrate good written English skills before enrolment is confirmed. The course involves experiential elements requiring some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities and is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty or psychological confusion.
  • Counselling Level 3
    Before enrolling on a Level 3 Counselling Studies course, you must have CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and attend a pre-course assessment.
    This course leads to CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and is suitable for learners preparing for counselling as a long term career path, this course offers a foundation to further study for those who wish to become counsellors. Learners must complete CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills Certificate before enrolling on this course.  Learning includes understanding the counselling relationship, empathic understanding, self-awareness in counselling practice, theories of counselling and mental health. Certification on this course does not qualify you to practice as a Counsellor. You must attend a pre-course assessment and demonstrate good written English skills before enrolment is confirmed. The course involves experiential elements requiring some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities and is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty or psychological confusion.

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How to enrol

Before you can enrol on a counselling qualification course, we will meet with you to complete an assessment (not applicable for the counselling skills introduction) and discuss which course is most suitable. Assessments can be booked by calling 0345 603 7635.

Further details, including course information sheets, are available through the full list of Counselling courses.

We are happy to provide you with more information before you make a decision. Fill out the contact form below and one of our friendly tutors will get back to you.