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Print Posted by Oxford Learning College on 21/06/2017

Accredited Level 3 Diploma in Counselling £850


This Level 3 Course in Counselling is designed to provide an introduction to those students who may be considering a career in Counselling. Counsellors work in many settings and environments such as the Health Service and Schools and also set up their own private practice. On completion of the Course, you may decide to take your studies further and consider a higher level qualification in this topic. The College will provide you with the resources necessary to complete the course and will also provide you with tutor support. Tutors have all been specially selected for their knowledge and understanding of your particular area of study and have experience in Distance Learning support.

The Course will combine a practical understanding of the theory and practice of counselling and will help you develop the basic skills and techniques used by Counsellors. Students are encouraged to develop self-reflection and understanding during their Course of study and the course may be invaluable in assisting you to develop knowledge and understanding of your own life path.


Course duration

The Course duration is one year (120 hours) and students study at home at their own pace using our virtual learning environment. The course offers flexible delivery so that the more time you can allocate to your studies the sooner you can complete the Course. Upon enrolment, you will be provided with all the necessary materials to complete the Course and you are free to study as often as you wish. Progression from Level 3 can assist in career development, continued professional development, personal development and provision of basis for further study. 


The course is affiliated by ABC Awards by Oxford Distance Learning College and means that the contents and quality of the Course meets standards endorsed by Ofqual for Level 3 Courses. After the Course has been completed and the Assignments successfully passed by the Tutor Department Learners will be awarded a Completion Certificate from ABC Awards, together with a Learner Unit Summary which has details and information about the Assessment and Course.

ABC Awards is one of the UK's leading Awarding Organisations, regulated by Ofqual and the Welsh Government. It has a long standing reputation for delivering vocational and academic courses and is subject to regular quality checks upon the delivery and content of courses. ABC Awards has registered Charity status and has 100 years of expertise for responsive, flexible and innovative delivery in the post 14 educational sector.

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years and above before they are eligible to study the Course. 

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum of study to GCSE standard in order to fulfil learning requirements.

What you will study?

Module 1 – The Foundations of Counselling

This module provides a basic introduction to the counselling role and is an important foundation for the rest of the Course. The module provides you with self-reflection exercises and other techniques that will assist you in developing your personal goals and that of others.


Module 2 – Qualities of a Counsellor

Counsellors are dealing with human beings every single day of their working lives and this can be demanding for both client and practitioner. Different forms of communication are explored which includes verbal, non-verbal, language, confidentiality and listening skills. There is a focus on empathy and what this means in terms of a counselling environment.


Module 3 – Interviewing a Client

In this module we learn how to build client relationships that are based on confidentiality and trust. We examine how to challenge clients in such a way that the relationship does not break down and how to manage client-counsellor relationships so that boundaries are respected.


Module 4 – Depression, stress and suicide

Personal well being can be affected by the kind of environments that we mix in and the demands made upon us by others. In this Module we examine the needs of clients who are under extreme pressure in their lives and his module teaches us about how to use open ended questioning in a sensitive manner so that clients feel safe to talk about issues that may be troubling them. We also need to know when it is appropriate to ask clients to seek medical help and assistance.


Module 5 – Relationships and Sexual Counselling

Much of the stress of everyday life comes from our relationships with others and it is common to form judgements about the personal relationships of others. We examine why this is not appropriate in a counselling situation as counsellors are expected to be non judgemental in their approach. We examine some of the techniques used in couples counselling and examine how personal feelings can impact upon the therapeutic role and how this can be addressed.


Module 6 – Death and Bereavement

This module explores the stages of death and bereavement such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance and teaches the Counsellor the difference between the different stages and how to support clients or indeed loved ones in this particular situation.


Module 7 – Drugs, Alcohol and Finances

This module teachers students about the different types of drugs and explores issues such as addiction and the impact this can have upon sufferers and their families. The specific techniques that are useful when counselling addicts and their families are explored as are the wider issues such as financial issues that may be linked to addiction.


Module 8 – Ethics

All counselling students must have an awareness and understanding of the Code of Ethics laid down by professional bodies such as the British Association of Counselling. This module introduces students to the importance of working within professional boundaries and considers the legal aspects inherent in the role of Counsellor.


Module 9 – Counselling Administration

This module is designed for those students who are considering at some future point setting up in private practice. It enables you to examine the forms necessary for client referral and the terms and conditions that need to be in place prior to commencing counselling. The Module will also guide you towards developing a Business Plan that will eventually help you to develop a private practice.



The introduction to this topic has covered the basic course content and assessment criteria. Your tutor will support you throughout the course and provide guidance where it is needed.


Students are required to pass two marked assignments and this will determine the award of the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care. The Assignments will be expected to be approximately 3000 words in total and one will be completed by the mid-point of the Course and one at the end of the Course. The assignments will be a combination of short answer questions and longer written answers.

Assignments must be written by the student themselves and work that has been copied and pasted into the assignment will not be accepted as all work has to be screened for Plagiarism. The completed assignments will be marked online by a course tutor and the assignment will either be graded pass or fail and feedback on performance will be provided. Tutor support will be provided throughout your Course of study and you are encouraged to make contact with your Tutor at the earliest possible opportunity as this will assist you develop your understanding and knowledge of the topic.

Assessment criteria

  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of the Counsellor
  • Practical Applications of the techniques of counselling
  • Integrating theory into practice (this will combine theory with applied practice examples)

Career Options

On successful completion of this Course you become eligible for Level 5 study at Oxford Distance Learning and can discuss this with student services at any point during the progression of your Course.

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Category: Undergraduate
Type: Level 3 diploma
Mode of Study: Online
Start Date: Throughout the year
End Date: Flexible
Duaration: 1 year
Application Deadline: Throughout the year

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