Counselling Level 3

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Working with people to work through mental problems is a very important career and requires a unique approach to problem solving and people skills. This Counselling Level 3 course is designed to help students to learn the knowledge of this type of career and begin to work with people to help them overcome psychological issues.


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Course Description

About this course

This Counselling Level 3 course is great for anyone looking to gain a knowledge of counselling techniques, dealing with clients, building relations and helping people to overcome their issues. With this course you will learn about the many different psychological methods used in counselling and how these can be utilised to help a variety of clients.

Study Time:100 hours
Enrolment length:12 months
Course Format:Online
Entry Requirements:None Specific

Upon completion of this course students receive an ABC Awards certificate and an OLC Diploma. All certification fees are included in your course fees.


To gain this Counselling Level 3 course you will need to submit, and pass, all of the tutor marked assignments. There are six assignments in the course and no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

All assignments are coursework based and are in an essay/question and answer style to test your knowledge of the topics covered in each of the course sections.


This course comes to you as a paper course pack which you can work through in your own time. By reading through the lessons on the course and with the help of a personal tutor you will be able to learn all of the necessary knowledge required to tackle the tutor marked assignments that are used to assess the course. Alternatively, you can study for this course online to save some money on your course and study through the internet with the materials available 24/7 on any computer or smart device.


A tutor will be able for support via post or e-mail, with our student support team also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Assignments must be submitted to your tutor through email and these are then marked as soon as possible.


To pass this course learners must complete a number of assignments. These are completed after navigating through the lessons which are sent to students and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Counselling overview

  • Personal attributes of a counsellor
  • Directed advice and counselling
  • The need for counselling
  • Counselling development

Unit 2: The theory of counselling

  • Stages of counselling
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Main counselling skills
  • Verbal communication
  • Summarising
  • Questioning
  • Goal setting
  • The end of the counselling relationship

Unit 3: Relationships in counselling

  • Client confidentiality
  • Relations with clients
  • Transference
  • Contracts and data storage
  • Crisis situations

Unit 4: Psychodynamic approaches to counselling

  • Sigmund Freud
  • Alfred Adler
  • Carl Jung
  • Jungian archetypes and dreams
  • Object relations theory
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Limitations of the approach

Unit 5: Correcting behaviour through counselling

  • Theories of behaviour
  • Social learning theory
  • Learnt behaviour
  • The ABC Model
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Advantages and disadvantages of CBT
  • Skills to be used practically
  • Discussion about the cognitive approach

Unit 6: Humanistic counselling

  • Carl Rogers
  • Active listening
  • Maslows hierarchy of needs
  • The existential approach
  • Case study 1- Rob’s alcohol addiction
  • Case study 2- Sarah’s anxiety
  • Discussions about person-centred approaches
ABC Awards

ABC Awards Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

ABC Awards QLS scheme

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Oakwood Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at the level shown against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oakwood Home Learning to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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