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.
This qualification is designed for learners interested in using counselling skills as part of their functional role in a wide range of sector areas, or looking to progress towards accredited counsellor status with one of the counselling professional accrediting bodies.
This qualification does not qualify learners to practise as a counsellor.
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 a NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills.
This Qualification has a recommendation of 270 guided learning hours with 40 credits. Learning in the classroom will take place totalling approx. 150 hours, so there will be direct study and much pre reading that will need to take place.
This qualification aims to: provide learners with more in-depth knowledge of the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.
The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to: develop counselling skills, understand the different approaches involved in the use of counselling skills and appreciate the importance of self-development.
• have an opportunity to identify, practise and develop a range of interpersonal and counselling skills. On completion learners will be aware of the skills required to initiate, maintain and conclude a counselling skills interaction.
• have an opportunity to understand and evaluate key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling.
have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the context within which counselling skills and referral processes can be used whilst maintaining ethical standards.
• have an opportunity to appreciate the implications of applying counselling skills in a diverse society.
• have the opportunity to reflect on their personal development and the way in which they interact with others.
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 moderation.
Assessment is continuous and includes tutor, peer and self-assessment.
NB 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 five units: -
Unit 01 Developing counselling skills (T/502/8235)
Unit 02 Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills (L/502/8239)
Unit 03 Working ethically with counselling skills (K/502/8233)
Unit 04 Counselling skills and diversity (L/502/8225)
Unit 05 Counselling skills and personal development (L/502/8242)
This is a portfolio-based course and learners will be expected to submit evidence of learning for each of the units which can consist of witness testimonies, group discussions, learner records, reports and a Personal Development Plan. Full attendance is expected and 80% is the minimum to receive the diploma.
There is a requirement to attend workshops on six Saturdays.
How will my learning be enhanced?
Learning will be enhanced by achieving a diploma and practising your counselling skills in a secure environment with tutor feedback at all times.
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 counselling course 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.
Note book and pen.
Note book and pen.
On completion of your Level 3 Counselling course, you may consider progression towards the DipHE and degree courses in counselling. These can offer an insight into several pathways, including Gestalt, Humanistic and CBT. In order to apply for these courses with the University of Portsmouth, but delivered at Eastleigh College, you will be asked to produce your Maths and English exam certificates ( English C/4) Maths (D/3) or equivalents, so now is a good time to start looking for these or contacting the original awarding body. This can help to avoid delays during the application process.
Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.
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