This qualification gives students the opportunity to investigate the knowledge and skills needed to use counselling skills and engage in helping interaction appropriately.


  • Description

    This qualification introduces the student to the practise of counselling skills in everyday life and work, and some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.

    The objectives are to help students to:

    • develop counselling skills
    • understand the different approaches involved in the use of counselling skills
    • appreciate the importance of self-development

    This qualification consists of four mandatory units:

    • Unit 1: Using Counselling Skills
    • Unit 2: Introduction to Counselling Skills Theories
    • Unit 3: Diversity and Ethics in the Use of Counselling Skills
    • Unit 4: Counselling Skills and Personal Development

    This qualification does not qualify students to practise as a counsellor.

    The qualification could contribute towards aspects of the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework dimensions:

    Core 1 Communication

    Core 2 Personal and people development

    Core 6 equality and diversity

    The course will take up to 25 weeks to complete and is available throughout the year enabling you to choose when you wish to study. You are supported by your personal tutor on a one to one basis throughout your course.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will be issued with an Induction Workbook during your first discussion with your tutor; this workbook will determine whether you are suitable for the course. Students should be aged 19+ and have lived in the UK/EU for the last three years. A basic level of numeracy and literacy is required.

    Ages 24+: Our L2 Distance Learning qualifications are free to EU/UK Nationals regardless of previous qualifications.

    Ages 19 to 23 are eligible for free courses if they have already achieved a full L2 qualification or equivalent. Please contact us for clarification.

    Ages 19 to 23 who have not already achieved a full L2 qualification may be subject to costs. Please contact us for clarification.

  • Qualification

    NCFE Level 2 Counselling Skills

  • Progression

    L3 Award in Counselling Skills (CACHE NCFE) L3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (CACHE NCFE)

  • Assessment

    Assessment is through successful completion of the end-of-module assessments, found in the workbooks. This assessment is tutor marked, internally moderated and then moderated by the awarding body.

  • Home Study

    Study will be home-based and at the student's discretion within the timeframe stipulated by tutor.

  • Work Placement

    Students do not have to be in current work in this sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Our Level 2 Distance Learning courses are available for FREE to UK/EU nationals aged 19 and over.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
CL2CS 202101 Flexible Start - £0

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Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.