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Counselling Studies CPCAB Level 3 Certificate

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Counselling Studies CPCAB Level 3 Certificate

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

Course information

Entry requirements

You need to be over 19 years old and have:

Completed a Counselling Skills Introduction Award, Level Two:

  • Minimum 25 guided learning hours
  • Tutor facilitated



Completed a Level Two Certificate in Counselling Skills:

  • A minimum of 90 guided learning hours; facilitated by a tutor
  • Skills practice experience in your level two learning group – helper/helpee/observer
  • Experiential group work
  • Experience of journal writing and assignments within the training programme
  • Evidence that you have successfully achieved the Certificate in Counselling Skills


  • Knowledge of Person-Centred Counselling theory
  • Relevant occupational experience.


  • You will only be accepted on the course following an essential interview with a member(s) of the Counselling Team.
  • You must provide a copy of your Counselling training certificates at, or before, the interview.
Course content

You will study the following seven units:

  • The professional framework of the counsellor
  • The counselling relationship
  • Client diversity
  • The service user-centred approach
  • Personal awareness in counselling
  • Counselling concepts and skills
  • Person-centred counselling theory
  • Supervision and self-reflection.

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.

Assessment methods

Tutor led material and group discussion. There will be continuous assessment with portfolio production, essays, case study, personal journal and self, peer and tutor assessment. Towards the end of the course you will be examined externally on your ability to identify Level 3 Counselling Theory and complete a Candidate Learning Record.

Further study and career options

Successful completion of the course, along with your Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate, enables you to progress on to our Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 Diploma.

Additional information

You can expect additional study time of four hours per week. Six hours of personal counselling is now a requirement of the course. There is an additional cost of £20 for a textbook.

Candidates who are already enrolled on courses at The Bedford College Group 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.

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Available Courses
Bedford College
Starts: 20/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Tuesday
Time(s): 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Bedford College
Starts: 21/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 1:30pm - 4:30pm
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Bedford College
Starts: 21/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 9:30am - 12:30pm
Fees: Fee Calculator
Bedford College
Starts: 21/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Fees: Fee Calculator

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Funding Information

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.

If you are aged 19 or over and want to achieve your first full Level 3 qualification (equivalent to an advanced technical certificate, diploma or A-Levels) then this course is free, as part of the National Skills Fund.

Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 24 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
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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.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.