What opportunities will this course give me?

This is a suitable entry qualification for the Eastleigh College Diploma in Counselling (Dip HE), which is 2 years in length and in turn can lead to the third year Top up Degree BA (Hons) Counselling.

Successful completion of this course could open doors to voluntary work, support an application for a Diploma in Higher Education in Counselling, or improve skills in the work place.

NB This level of qualification is not intended to train counsellors and you will not be qualified to practice as a counsellor on completion of this qualification. To become a qualified counsellor a learner will need to apply for further training.

What will I be learning?

This course is studied over a period of one year and will enable you to improve communication skills and use of interpersonal skills. Learners will be given opportunities to develop a range of counselling skills as well as skills in self-awareness and self-assessment. You will gain an ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

This Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) course has been collaboratively developed with awarding organisation partners and has 150 guided learning hours with 18 credits.

The main theoretical approaches to counselling will be explored with the principal model being Person Centred Therapy. Egan's three stage model of helping will be introduced to provide a structured approach to learning to help and to actively enhance both the Person Centred teaching on the course and the concept of an Integrative Model.

The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills qualification aims to:

- Develop a skill base of interpersonal and counselling skills

- Introduce learners to experiential learning processes with a high element of personal development work, including further self-confidence and self-esteem building

- Underpin counselling skills with an understanding of key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling

- Increase the self-awareness of the individual and their awareness of the impact that they have on others

- Develop an understanding of what counselling training entails and assist learners to make a more informed choice as to whether or not they are suited to undertake vocational counselling training as opposed to other types of training

- Prepare learners to progress onto appropriate qualifications

You will be expected to monitor and record your own learning and practice, develop criteria for self-assessment, and show evidence of applying your knowledge and skills. Satisfactory completion of this course will be rewarded with a nationally recognised qualification. The amount of study/practise between sessions depends on each learner but as a guide this will be a minimum of 4 hours a week.

All work is internally assessed with internal and external (ABC Awards) moderation.
Assessment is continuous and includes tutor, peer and self-assessment.

NB As this course is due to be reviewed by ABC, we reserve the right to make changes in accordance with qualification guidelines in order to provide the most up to date learning experience and qualification award.

Why is this course for me?

The course philosophy is based on helping each learner to build on their existing knowledge and a key part of this is recognising and valuing difference and diversity within the learner and teaching body.

The aim is to build a learning environment where learners are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning within a climate that is both supportive and challenging. Self-assessment and collaborative working are key features of this. This will include input from tutors and peers, group discussions, practise sessions in small groups, videos, tutorials and includes four units: -

Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills
Understanding counselling theory
Using counselling skills
Personal development for users of counselling skills

This is a portfolio-based course and learners will be expected to submit evidence of learning for each of the units. In addition you will be expected to keep a personal learning journal throughout the course. Full attendance is expected and 80% is the minimum to receive the award.

There is a requirement to attend workshops on six Saturdays.

What do I need to sign up?

A pre-entry requirement for ALL starters to this counselling courses at Eastleigh College is the completion of an initial and diagnostic assessment in English and a 'Introduction to Counselling' (either an 'Introduction to Counselling' or Level 2 counselling is required). If you have not attended an Eastleigh College 'Introduction to Counselling' or Basics of Counselling course you will need to contact IAG at Eastleigh College on 02380-911000 for more information or alternatively apply on line via the College Web site

Is there anything else I need to know?

This course is open to you if you are over 20 and have already attended an Introductory Counselling Course (or similar) for a minimum of twelve hours. Applicants who are younger than 20 years old will need to include in their application process their life experience and how this has contributed to their personal development and life experience.

The ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills is designed for learners who:

- wish to acquire counselling skills for use in other work and who do not intend to become a professional counsellor, e.g. nurses, social workers and teachers. The course provides a valuable introduction to communication skills that are transferable into a range of career and educational opportunities.

-wish to progress into training to become a qualified professional counsellor

There are no other specific admission requirements other than an ability to demonstrate personal qualities indicating genuineness, respect and understanding towards others, a willingness to change and develop and to participate actively in learning. Prospective learners should be aware that the course involves experiential learning and self-awareness exercises, which will be demanding of the self in interaction with others.

Please note that because of the nature of this course it is recommended that relatives/friends do not attend the same class, also if you have recently experienced bereavement or personal trauma it might be advisable to delay joining the course until the following year.

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Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
Y394V Eastleigh College 25/9/2019 Wed 10:00 – 13:15 35
Y395V Eastleigh College 24/9/2019 Tue 18:30 – 21:45 35
Y830V Eastleigh College 20/1/2020 Mon 09:30 – 12:45 35 Apply now
Y831V Eastleigh College 23/1/2020 Thu 18:30 – 21:45 35 Apply now

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