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Counselling Skills: Level 3 NCFE CACHE Diploma (Sept eve)

Course information

Course Summary

This course is designed for anyone that would like to develop their use of counselling skills for use in either personal capacity or in various occupations and professions that requires use of interpersonal skills. This may be learners who wish to progress towards further qualifications, or learners who wish to study this programme in order to complement other programmes (e.g. health and social care, children’s care, learning and development, voluntary and community work).

Course Code:N6396A
Study Type:Part Time
Academic Level:Level 3
Award:NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
Awarded by:NCFE
Course Length

34 weeks (3 hours per week

Start Date: September 2022

Course currently runs on Tuesdays at 6pm

Alternative dates for the Level 3:

Thursday, 6 January 2022 (20 weeks) (Day time)


Thursday, 6 January 2022 (24 weeks) (Evenings)

Course Detail

This qualification aims to:

  • introduce learners to the use of counselling skills in everyday life and work and some of the approaches underpinning 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.

Also, the course is designed to be delivered by experienced counsellor trainers and is wholly intended to comply with current BACP guidelines on moral and ethical practice.

The course is comprised of the following units: 

  • Developing counselling skills
  • Theoretical approaches in the use of counselling skills
  • Working ethically with counselling skills
  • Counselling skills and diversity
  • Counselling skills and personal development.

Assessment method:

Submission of a portfolio of evidence and essays covering every learning outcomes of the qualification.

Portfolios will include:

  • A weekly reflective journal of 400 words
  • A group project
  • Completed worksheets
  • Record of feedback from assessed counselling skills role-plays
Course Fees


*Exam fee included

Concession: YES
Government Subsidised: YES
Student Loan Available: YES

Please note: Fees are for 2022/23 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

Nescot requires all candidate to have completed either the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills before enrolling onto this Level 3 course. Discretional acceptance could be awarded to candidates that have no prior training but with experience of working in a helping role/profession.

Candidates need to be 18 years and above with satisfactory literacy skills to read and write (Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language).

Your Next Steps

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 FE colleges including courses offered in Nescot. The skills required to progress to higher academic studies are different from those required at Levels 1 and 2. Level 3 qualifications enable the development of these skills. Although there is no single definition of higher-level learning skills, they include:

  • checking and testing information
  • supporting your points with evidence
  • self-directed study
  • self-motivation
  • thinking for yourself
  • analysing and synthesising information/materials
  • critical thinking and problem solving
  • working collaboratively
  • reflecting upon learning and identifying improvements
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 27/06/2022