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CPCAB L2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills (awarding body to confirm)

Awarding Body:



Further Education

Programme Length:

10 weeks (Normally 3 hours a week) Usually there are six courses during the year. They start in September or January. Students can study in the evening or the daytime in various campuses of the college and in Coleg Ceredigion.

Bilingual Delivery:

This course can be studied in English only at present

Programme Description

This is a short 30 hour introduction to counselling skills. Its purpose is to help students;

  • learn basis counselling skills in helping roles
  • Find out more about counselling
  • Improve personal and professional relationships
  • It does not however train someone as a counsellor

Counselling skills are communication and listening skills useful in any situation where communication is necessary and perhaps difficult. The course focuses on practical skills acquisition, and also intorduces the man ethical and practice issues of embedded counselling. It is available at many college campuses, usually in the evening.

The course begins at different times of the year to facilitate all students. It acts as an access to the remainder of the counselling training programme and is recommended to those who want to progress to counselling training. It is a taster course to determine if counselling training is appropriate and desirable.

The college counselling courses are among the best known in South Wales and South West Wales. 

Please check on the CPCAB website for more details about this course.

Programme Features

  • A good general introduction to counselling and counselling skills.
  • Flexible delivery. Offered at many campuses, beginning at different times of the year.
  • A practical course with an emphasis on practising and learning skills.
  • Tutors are both experienced trainers and counsellors.
  • A good starting point for those considering progressing to the higher counselling courses.
  • Stands in its own right as a useful course. The very transferable skills of counselling help in communication especially with vulnerable people in a range of settings. Valued by many employers.
  • Students report learning much about themselves on this course as well as finding the skills useful.
  • It is intended to help improve professional and personal relationships

Progression and Employment

Counselling skills qualifications are valued by employers in the caring professions and voluntary organisations. Many students complete this course to acquire the skills for other professions, while some will also want to progress to the Foundation Degree or BA in Counselling, a professional training course in counselling. Others will progress to degrees, social work training and social care courses and use this course in part to support their application to those courses. Further counselling skills training for those who do not want to be a counsellor are planned at levels 2 and 3. 

Method of Assessment

Continual Assessment - No exam. There are three assessment methods; documents; tutor observation and feedback or testimony from others.

Entry Requirements

An interest in counselling. Students who are considered very vulnerable may be asked to defer entry. Please note there is a limit of 18 students per group. 

Academic Year Delivery Campus Course Length Course Options
2018 - 2019 Part Time Cardigan Campus 1 Year Enquire Apply
Campus Address Post Code
Aberystwyth Campus Llanbadarn Fawr,
SY23 3BP
Cardigan Campus Maes y Parc,
SA43 1AB