Course Details L3

NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory – 601/7156/X

This accredited qualification is where your journey can begin or continue (depending upon your prior learning and/or experience), with this 80-hour course in which you will explore counselling skills and theory at a deeper level. 

This course provides you will the necessary training to apply for a Diploma or Foundation Degree in Counselling training.

For people interested in:

  • becoming a qualified counsellor
  • developing your counselling skills further and to gain understanding of its theoretical root, helping you to enhance these skills in your workplace
  • complement other programmes (e.g. heath and social care, children’s care, learning and development, voluntary and community work)
  • planning a career change, return to work
  • learning about the subject and increasing personal development and self-awareness

In addition to counselling skills development and the exploration of Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, you will understand and apply the British Association for Counsellor and Psychotherapists Ethical Framework, Diversity and Supervision.

Personal exploration is an essential part of this course and you will document your development by use of a personal journal and learning log.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, you might find it helpful if you’ve already achieved a Level 2 qualification in a similar or related subject area.

Entry is at the discretion of Devon Counselling College and applicants should aged 19 or above and be able to satisfy us of their suitability for this level of learning and personal development.

About this course

This is an ideal qualification for those seeking to enhance their functional role through the use of counselling skills. You will gain an understanding of a range of counselling skills and have the opportunity to examine some of the various schools of thought/theoretical models associated with them.

This qualification can be used as a progression route towards a range of qualifications, e.g. Level 4 Diploma in Counselling or Foundation Degree, advice and guidance and workplace mentoring.

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

Aims and Objectives

This qualification aims to:

  • introduce you to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work and some of the approaches that underpin the use of these skills.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • progress to similar qualifications at a higher level
  • progress to a role in which counselling skills are used
  • develop counselling skills
  • understand the different approaches involved in the use of counselling skills
  • understand the different contexts and situations where counselling skills are used
  • appreciate the importance of self-development

To be awarded the NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory, you are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units.


Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 3 qualifications in Workplace Mentoring
  • Level 3 and 4 qualifications in Advice and Guidance
  • Level 4 qualifications in Counselling

Progression to Higher Level Studies

This qualification aims to provide learners with a number of progression options, including higher level studies at university or further education colleges. Level 3 qualifications enable the development of these skills. Although there is no single definition of higher level learning skills, they include:

  1. checking and testing information
  2. supporting your points with evidence
  3. self-directed study
  4. self-motivation
  5. thinking of yourself
  6. analysing and synthesising information/materials
  7. critical thinking and problem solving
  8. working collaboratively
  9. reflection upon learning and identifying improvements

Level 3 criteria can require learners to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are al examples of higher level skills. This means that the evidence provided for the portfolio will also demonstrate the development and use of higher level learnings skills.

Structure and Content of the Qualification

Unit 1 – Developing and Practicing Counselling Skills 

This unit will enable you to set up an effective environment in which you can practise counselling skills. You will cover the stages of initiating, developing and maintaining a helping relationship, using support and supervision where appropriate. You will also understand how to bring the helping relationship to an end effectively whilst providing the best outcomes for the client and yourself.

Unit 2 – Understand Different Approaches of Counselling Skills                         

This unit will raise your awareness of the different approaches that can be used throughout the helping relationship. You will demonstrate use and knowledge of the key concepts Person Centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy of counselling used, and identify when the use of these are appropriate.

Unit 3 – Work Ethically in helping Relationships 

In this unit, you will understand the contexts in which counselling skills can be used. You will also learn how to refer clients to other organisations that can offer suitable help, whilst maintaining ethical standards.

Unit 4 – Understanding the Importance of Self-development in Relation to Helping Others 

This unit will enable you to explore the importance of your self-development, your own beliefs, values and behaviours, and identify the areas you would like to work towards developing. You will explore various models of self-understanding and any barriers you may have towards self-development.

Assessment methods

This qualification is internally assessed and externally quality assured.

NB – We are always happy to give you any necessary assistance and guidance with course work and writing presentation.

Related Costs – None other than the possible purchase of books to aid learning, although we have a limited selection of book that you may like to borrow – first-come, first-served basis.

This is not just a training course where you learn the skills and theory required to obtain the qualification; it will encourage you to draw on and use your own individual life experience and develop your own special way of working therapeutically with clients. You really get to know who YOU are.