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Counselling Skills Introduction CPCAB Level 2 Award

  • L2

Validated by CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body) this course provides you with the opportunity to learn some basic counselling skills and experience counselling skills training.

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Entry requirements

This exciting course is suitable for vocational students and returners to education, and provides a foundation for progressive counselling courses. No previous qualifications are required to start. Students between the ages of 16-18 years of age cannot enrol on this course.

Course content

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Why people come to counselling
  • What counselling is
  • Theories of counselling
  • Counselling skills
  • Active listening
  • Role play involving counsellor, client and observer

Assessment methods

Tutor delivery of course material, tutor role modelling, peer feedback and self reflection. You will be assessed throughout the course through a written learning record and skills observation. This will include an internal assessment and an external self-review assessment.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the Introduction to Counselling Course you may progress onto the CPCAB Level 2 Counselling Skills Course. The Introductory course enhances your' listening ability and thus lays a firm foundation for the following course.

Additional information

This is a part-time course delivered over 10 weeks.


Candidates who are interested in this Introduction to Counselling course will have to attend an induction afternoon where information about the course will be made available. There will be two induction sessions at our Cauldwell Street campus.  The first is on Wednesday 29 November at 4.30pm in Ouse House (Room 1, 2nd Floor) and the second induction session is on Wednesday 13 December at 4.30pm in Ouse House (Room 1, 2nd Floor).

Course information & how to book

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
10 week(s) 20/09/2017 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £298 Cauldwell Street K475S2 Course in progress
10 week(s) 10/01/2018 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £298 Cauldwell Street K475S5 Apply
10 week(s) 18/04/2018 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £298 Cauldwell Street K475S6 Apply

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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