Diploma in Counselling Skills Level 3

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills

Improve your ability to understand and communicate with others, while gaining skills that can help progress your career.

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Overview

This online Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills course is endorsed by ACCPH and provides you with the understanding, knowledge and skills to become an effective practitioner. You'll learn what it takes to become a great counsellor, explore the theory that underpins the valuable work that counsellors do, and understand how to form a relationship with clients based on mutual trust and understanding. 

In addition to equipping you with the knowledge needed to practice as a counsellor, this course will also develop the key skills required in a wide range of roles and careers such as health and care support, community care roles, nursing, teaching, the allied professions, team leadership and human resources.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Theoretical Approaches to Use of Counselling

During this first unit, you’ll understand and evaluate the key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling. You’ll explore humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioural therapy, appreciate what is meant by the ‘integrative model’, and demonstrate how to apply core theories when using counselling skills in practise.

Unit 2 - Work Ethically with Counselling Skills

Within this unit, you’ll study ethical frameworks within the counselling environment. When we think of counselling, often our mind goes to a room with a patient talking through their problems with a counsellor. However, this qualification will provide you with a wide range of opportunities, and in this unit we’ll explore them all. Next, you’ll look at some issues you’ll need to be mindful of as a counsellor, as well as the confidentiality and boundaries you need to consider.

Unit 3 - Counselling Skills and Diversity

In unit three you’ll reflect on discrimination in a legal sense, and how to maintain an anti-discriminatory practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Do you know what characteristics are protected? If not, this unit will tell you. You’ll also look at the legal boundaries surrounding counselling, and learn what is meant by “power differential” when maintaining a professional relationship with a client.

Unit 4 - Developing Counselling Skills

Next, you’ll look at the process of building a professional relationship with a client, covering everything from the skills needed, to self-evaluation at the final stage. You’ll learn how to use Socratic questions, and establish objectives and potential boundaries. Additionally, you’ll consider the best ways to ‘respond’, and how to use core skills of ‘reflecting’ when developing a relationship. Finally, you’ll consider the importance of conducting a final review, and learn how to end sessions sensitively.

Unit 5 - Counselling Skills and Personal Development

In this final unit, you’ll reflect on personal development, learning the importance of self-awareness, feedback, and understanding your goals and objectives to feed into this development plan. You’ll learn how to set goals, tips to develop your self-awareness, and what barriers may arise. Lastly, you’ll be able to identify where group therapy can be of benefit, and understand group dynamics.

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Awarding Body

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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.

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ACCPH is an independent, self-regulated UK professional body for qualified counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. They serve people with nationally recognised qualifications from home study or distance learning students. Accepting members from all six modalities, including those ‘non-standard’ techniques such as Spiritual Coaching and Neuroscience amongst other approaches.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This course alone doesn't include a license to practice but is used as a progression route to further study.

How is this course assessed or examined?

To be awarded 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 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.

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. There is a minimum study age of 16.

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Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

Should I train as a counsellor?

Individuals of any age can benefit from counselling courses and it’s important to note that counselling, when experiencing grief, abuse, anger and problems building and maintaining relationships can have a positive impact.

This makes it absolutely critical that the counselling sector ensures it is well staffed with empathetic, conscientious and skilled professionals who will diligently work to help individuals manage their emotional welfare.

If this sounds like you, training to counsel individuals, couples or groups could be the start of an incredibly inspiring career. A skilled counsellor can become a truly vital support for vulnerable people, enabling them to work through trauma and past issues, making this profession as rewarding as it is valued.

How does counselling benefit children?

One in ten children experience mental illness, and, according to the same report from Mind, the recent pandemic lockdown has led to 68% of young people experiencing lowered mental health.

Counselling can be extremely useful for children and young people, particularly those who don’t have access to a support network at home or feel they cannot talk to their parents about problems they may be facing.

How does counselling benefit adults?

According to the NHS, one in four adults experience mental illness; and the pandemic has worsened things. The mental health charity, Mind, released insight in Feb 2022 stating that “A million UK adults who had problems with their mental health for the first time during the pandemic have not spoken to anyone about it”

A career in counselling adults can see you touching upon topics surrounding the workplace, infertility, past trauma or even addiction. Older adults with very little family or friends can also benefit from counselling to help them better cope with feelings of loneliness or even worthlessness which is unfortunately common amongst older generations.

What types of counselling are there?

There are many different disciplines within counselling, including Counselling for Children, Substance Misuse and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. There are many counselling courses online available for various disciplines that can equip you with the skills and expertise to help people who are struggling with incredibly difficult situations. If you want to attain your counselling diploma online then we can help you.

Why study Counselling courses online?

Studying your counselling courses online with Oxbridge will get you qualified faster and on average our learner’s grades are 20% higher than the grades achieved by those who study on campus. As with all distance learning courses, distance learning counselling courses enable students to study wherever and whenever they choose, meaning they can become a counsellor while fitting their studies around other commitments such as work or childcare.

Why study Counselling Skills online?

This online counselling course can be studied at your own pace, in your own time, meaning it can be completed around work and other commitments. You’ll also have access to unlimited tutor support, a clear induction, and well-structured assignments.

What will this Counselling Skills course teach you?

The aim of this counselling skills course is to provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a counselling therapist, or to support your work in a related field. You will learn about different counselling theories and approaches, how to establish rapport with clients, how to conduct counselling sessions, and how to maintain ethical standards in your practice.

Upon completion of this course, you might choose to expand your knowledge by advancing to courses such as our Advanced Counselling Diploma.

Who should study for a Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills?

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to pursue a career as a counselling therapist or who wishes to develop their counselling skills for use in a related role or career such as teaching, social work, nursing, human resources or management.

Courses Taught by Experts

Kelly

Counselling and Psychology

I always knew that a career focused around helping people achieve their goals was perfect for me. That’s why I became a tutor. I love to see my student’s confidence flourish as they progress through their courses. It’s important to help them fit their learning goals around their personal commitments so they have the best chance of success! 

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Laura

Health care

For 10+ years, my passion for helping learners develop and grow has driven my career as a teacher. To help me progress even further, I am currently studying to achieve the IQA award. I love reading and I’m a self-professed Harry Potter fan. Talk to me about all things history, rock music, tattoos and true crime podcasts. 

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Faye

Early Years

Beginning my career as an early years practitioner inspired me to step into the world of teaching. I have since elevated my skillset through a range of qualifications including L3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement, L3 in Education & Training and L4 in Internal Quality Assurance. I’m a big kid at heart; I love Disney movies and also dabble in photography.  

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Penny

STEM and History of Art

Marine biology, jellyfish conservationist, hairdresser, fitness instructor… I have an eclectic backstory! Art is my passion and one of my proudest moments was achieving my Masters in Fine Art. I then requalified as an Art teacher to share my knowledge with my students. For most of my career, I’ve supported vulnerable students with additional needs such as SEMH and SEN.

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Sarah

Education and Childcare

My 30-year stride in education started with childminding, to working with pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. I then tutored in a national reading programme and went on to become a Higher-Level TA. I’m elated to say I graduated with a First-Class BA Honours Degree when I was 50 – living proof that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

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Started my course about 8 weeks ago. The joining was very straightforward and quick to get started. I paid on a Friday and was up qnd running by Sunday. I am absolutely loving the course (history A level). The tutor has been super. Gets back to all my queries really quickly, she is really positive and supportive and making sure I'm staying on track. I think it can be easy to skip.things or over delve where not necessary so I contact her quite a bit and I can't fault her supportiveness. I really wanted to go to a college but needed flexibility and I'm enjoying and learning so much on this course. Would definitely recommend. Though don't bother with student card. I looked into it and doesn't seem all that good
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Currently studying A-Level Physics with Oxbridge Home Learning, my tutor (Catherine) and other staff members have been so helpful to me and have given me all the information I need regarding my course. They are very experienced and convey their emails in a straightforward manner. I look forward to continuing my course! Getting in contact with staff members is also easy given emailing them will prompt you with an automatic reply email letting you know the email has gone through and advises you on what steps to take assuming they don't respond within the time-frame specified in the automatic email. The course is very in-depth and as a student who's taking 3 A-Levels in college whilst doing this A-Level outside of college with Oxbridge Home Learning I find it easy to study this 4th A-Level when I want, thus not conflicting with my in-college studies. If you aren't able to take an A-Level in a college or place of education, but would like to take said A-Level I would highly recommend Oxbridge Home Learning to be one of the possible options for you to be able to take an A-Level course outside of college or your place of education. (So if you're considering using OHL I'd suggest contacting them through their website and asking them relevant questions regarding things such as the UCAS processes, predicted grades, etc.)
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I have recently studied 3 A levels with Oxbridge for the June 2022 exam cycle; English literature, history, and sociology. I achieved A*s in English and Sociology and an A in History. The experience was immensely rewarding and I would recommend Oxbridge to anyone considering returning to education. Special thanks to Zara Lampey and Judith Dixon in particular. Both gave me constant support along with advice I will take with me to uni and beyond.
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I have waited till I received my certificate to finally review my experience of Oxbridge. I studied the Level 4 in Counselling Skills which had it's name changed to just Advanced Counselling Skills mid way. To me this should have been communicated out to me and anyone else studying as a matter of principle because it did initially cause me some confusion despite me being reassured that it is a Level 4 still. There are mainly positives here though. Dr Sandie Bowman was fantastic as a tutor, fair, challenging and supportive. The sign up process was easy too and the content useful and interesting although there are some grammar errors. There are some elements of it that were harder than others - for me, recording myself doing a mock session with a "willing" volunteer was challenging but overall rewarding. The word counts are deliberately challenging too and get you to squeeze as much information out into succinct paragraphs as possible. I was allowed to make my own points and have my own evidenced based opinions that also challenge some of the notions of counselling too. This was particularly refreshing. Being that it is a NCFE customised qualification - you can expect a somewhat steep learning curve, but ultimately achievable and affordable certificate. Despite some small issues with the name change - my emails were responded to promptly and I confirm they are a legit organisation of a high quality. With this in mind, I have given them 5 stars although I would say it would be 4.5 out of 5 if the option existed. I would happily study with them again and look forward to doing so at some point. Thank you to everyone at Oxbridge including Jake and Dr Sandy Bowman. Josh
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I've been doing this course for 5 months and I can honestly say that it hasn't been easy, as I haven't studied for many years but the support I get from my tutor Donna has been second to none.Rather than just tell me what I get wrong she gives real help to guide me to the correct answer. It's as good as having a tutor for real. If you're hesitating at the cost, don't you will not regret it.
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Studying with Oxbridge was great, flexible study that I could fit around my life, and a great tutor who gave me support when I needed it. Thank you Oxbridge 😍
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I enrolled with Oxbridge about 10 months ago and the whole experience from start to finish has been wonderful. My tutor has been so supportive, throughout and anything that I have needed help with has been responded to is such a quick timeframe. Like most people I suppose, I have had some issues with home-schooling, the children in general, working from home and adjusting to the new normal, but Oxbridge have supported me throughout. I know that if I had of gone to college I would not be in the position I am now, don’t get me wrong, you do have to be motivated, but being able to study at your own speed has been amazing. I think I was one of the first to try out the new learning portal, which was easy to navigate and easy to submit my work to. The feedback has always been excellent and encouraging. I am delighted to be able to say I have been able to secure a promotion thanks to the qualification and I think in this uncertain time that’s amazing. The student support team have always been great, and sympathetic to my needs. I have today re-enrolled onto the next level with Kelly, who was absolutely amazing, her knowledge was phenomenal and she really understood my career path and goals so thank you Kelly, I very much appreciate it. She also enrolled me on to some free short courses, they may prove useful in the future if I apply for other roles. Looking forward to getting started (again) and moving onto the next chapter of my learning.
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Being a student on the level 3 (NCFE CACHE) Counselling Certificate offered by Oxbridge. the Corona-virus pandemic with its associated government measures began about half way through my alloted study period to complete the certificate. This had implications for me, as practice videos with fellow students (or feasible helpers) were required as part of the course work. The national measures against meeting in other people's homes, travel restrictions, and the closure of my own employers' offices all repeatedly combined to thwart my attempts to produce the videos. Oxbridge student services were more than reasonable, and always helpful, in helping me overcome these obstacles. This included twice extending the course deadline, and being generally reassuring and positive. Responses to my concerns were given almost immediately. In particular I must mention the assistance, reassurance, and advice given myself by Stacey Ryan (Oxbridge student services centre director).
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