Counselling Diploma Level 3

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Our online Counselling endorsed course will help you learn the important counselling skills required to become a counsellor. If you are interested in helping others and enjoy listening, this is the course for you. Become a self employed counsellor on completion of this course, as you will be able to gain insurance and open your own business.


Counselling Diploma Level 3

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Our online Counselling endorsed course will help you learn the important counselling skills required to become a counsellor. If you are interested in helping others and enjoy listening, this is the course for you.

Become a self-employed counsellor on completion of this course, as you will be able to gain insurance and open your own business!

  • FREE Business Start-Up Course worth £95 included.

Studying our counselling course from the comfort of your own home provides you with the skills, principles and ethical qualities required to become a competent and successful counsellor.

In this Counselling course, you will:

  • Begin by developing good practice in a counselling setting, whilst learning how to build a relationship between counsellor and client
  • Examine the ethics and moral issues with the counselling process
  • Understand the importance of self-development, reflecting on sessions and being self-aware as a counsellor.
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Total cost if courses bought separately: £1380


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Course Benefits

Split into 7 units, every element of this course seeks to expand your understanding of Counselling, so you can achieve the theoretical knowledge you need to apply these skills within real and practical settings.

From understanding the industry to understanding relationships, theoretical approaches, confidentiality, transference, crisis and ego psychology; by the end of this course you’ll feel confident in your ability to work with your clients to improve their situation.

This course will:

  • Help you to develop a strong foundation of knowledge and competency that can be transferred into your work.
  • Enable you to study on your own terms – no classrooms, no strict deadlines and no exams.
  • Allow you to study from home – all course materials will be sent straight to your door, enabling you to fit your studies around your obligations.
  • Challenge your perceptions of Counselling, giving you ample opportunities to demonstrate your competency and comprehension of the course materials.

Course Units

Unit 1: Introduction to Counselling

  • What counselling is and isn’t
  • How counselling differs from other helping skills
  • Core skills involved in counselling
  • Confidentiality issues

Unit 2: Understanding Feelings of Others

  • Exploring the subject of change: its impacts and challenges
  • Consideration of Boundaries and Ethics
  • Setting goals, planning action – and dealing with resistance
  • Ending the counselling skills relationship

Unit 3: Approaches and Models of Helping

  • Counselling approaches
  • The principles of skilled helping
  • The use and effects of questions
  • Challenges to clients’ views

Unit 4: Setting Goals

  • Supervision: its importance in good practice
  • Competence in record-keeping
  • The importance of Continuing Personal Development (CPD) and taking care of YOU
  • Using your counselling skills

Unit 5: Psychodrama Therapy

  • The social atom
  • Moreno’s stages of personality development
  • Roles and Role Playing
  • The auxiliary egos
  • Warm up
  • Post Action

Unit 6: Post Traumatic Stress Counselling

  • Susceptibility to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Causes of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Symptoms of Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Symptoms of Traumatic Stress Disorder in Children
  • Treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Unit 7: Counselling and the Law

  • The legal implications for counselling
  • The Mental Health Acts
  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Risk Assessment
  • Employers’ Liability Compulsory Insurance Act 1969
  • General Data Protection Regulations
  • The Freedom of Information Act 2000

Counselling Facts

The BACP conducted a survey to understand additional detail relating to the use of counselling services:

  • 28% of the UK population will at some point use counselling services
  • 54% of people say that their family member, friend, work college or themselves have consulted a counsellor
  • Stress levels across the UK are increasing, with 48% of people feeling more stress than they did five years ago
  • Depression and Anxiety are the main causes for the use of counselling services.

*These are the results of the most recent survey conducted in 2014.


This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course materials. These will need to be sent to your personal tutor for marking, whereupon they will supply you with helpful tips and feedback. No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No prior knowledge or skills in counselling is needed in order to enrol onto this course, making it ideal for those just starting out in this career field.

Awarding Body

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an endorsed course certificate from Training Qualifications UK (TQUK). This course has been designed to meet the requirements of specific learners or employers. It is endorsed by Training Qualifications UK, meaning the course has undergone external quality checks to ensure that they are maintained and delivered to an excellent standard.

Training Qualifications UK are a national certificating organisation. Endorsement of our courses ensures learners have access to high quality materials that cover all learning outcomes, helping them to achieve their potential.


From the guidance of our personal tutors whose industry experience within counselling can help to support and mentor your studies, to our comprehensive study guide and course materials; from day one we will go above and beyond to help you succeed in your studies. With twelve months tutor support, you have the option of completing in as little as three months, or using the full twelve months.

You too can take advantage of the extensive knowledge base of our personal tutors and use their experiences to get all of your questions answered. Similarly, our student support team are readily available to lend you their advice and guidance as they help you to decipher your course materials and answer your questions.

Only one click away, you can trust that help will be there when you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you will be able to practise as a Counsellor and gain insurance to ensure that you are covered when providing your service.

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from tutoring to certification.
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+).
  • Our customers have rated us ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot.
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider.
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work.
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations.
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

You have 12 months to complete your course, however you can complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, this is a distance learning course, which means your assessments will be submitted and marked using our online LMS (Learner Management System).

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

There are no requirements to have completed any courses or have any knowledge of the subject area to enrol on the course. There is no application process and no questions asked when you sign up, it is accessible to anybody.

Your course will start as soon as you sign-up. You could start your journey of learning today!

This course is an endorsed certification, not a regulated qualification.

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