NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

This fully accredited NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills qualification was designed to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the counselling skills used in everyday life. Enrol today to gain a deeper understand of key theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills, ethics, diversity, and the importance of self-development. Many people have had positive experiences during therapy and gone one to live successful lives. Uncover the benefits of counselling here and discover what difference you could make…

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Level 3 Counselling Skills Diploma

Counsellors enjoy the challenges and benefits of helping people through the tough times in their lives. In order to become a counsellor, you need a lot of sympathy and outstanding listening skills. Counselling can set you off on a highly rewarding career path and is perfect if you have that burning desire to interact with people.

This Level 3 Diploma in Counselling skills is an ideal qualification if you are seeking to enhance your functional role through the use of counselling skills. The qualification can be used as a progression route towards a range of additional qualifications such as advice and guidance or workplace mentoring.

The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the theory behind the main counselling approaches. Playing a significant role in the training required to qualify as a counsellor, the course has been designed to give you the knowledge to undertake some of the key aspects of modern counselling. No real work environment placement is required for this qualification.

This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills qualification enables you to work towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling. Develop the skills and start making a positive impact by enrolling today.

On this Level 3 Counselling Skills course you will:

  • Develop and enhance skills in counselling
  • Understand the different approaches involved in the use of counselling
  • Appreciate the importance of self-development
  • Gain a qualification that counts
  • A Fully Recognised and RQF Listed qualification

Develop knowledge and insight into counselling, which will help you to appreciate the importance of self-development.
A formal qualification

This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X306
Qualification code: 600/0727/8
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

Study Hours

Recommended learning hours is around 270. However, additional hours may be required for reading, writing and research.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.


To be awarding the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills, learners are required to successfully complete five mandatory units.

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Oxbridge will assist in creating the correct environment suitable for role playing a one-to-one helping session, to support the delivery of this qualification.

This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment and of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.

Course Outcomes




This course is fully accredited by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists)

This means you will be able to gain registration with a counselling association and start to gain practical counselling experience once you’ve completed the course.

Your course is also accredited by NCFE CACHE in order to provide you with a full qualification.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 3 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Foundation Degrees in Counselling

Please be aware, this qualification doesn’t qualify you to practise as a counsellor. What it can do is support your progression to gain enough practical experience and further knowledge to attain a private license.

This qualification can also support progression within employment in roles including:

  • Support Worker
  • Healthcare Support Service Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Guidance Worker
  • Health Education Worker
Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
Level 3
Entry requirements
There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.
Minimum Enrolment Age
16 years
Section 1
Developing Counselling Skills

In this unit, you will identify, practice and develop a range of interpersonal and counselling skills. Upon completion, you will be aware of the skills required to initiate, maintain and conclude a counselling skills interaction.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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