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Course Info

Distance Learning
  • counselling
  • distancelearning

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Distance Learning

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    120 hours

  • Awarding/validation body:


Course Overview

This counselling course (UK) will cover key elements of psychodynamic, person-centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The course will also increase your knowledge of diversity and ethics and how to identify an ethical framework.

Learners will gain the ability to work autonomously and complete further reading and research tasks by completing this counselling course. UK counselling career pathways can be successfully started by completing this qualification.

Please note:

  • If you choose to study the fully paper-based course, you will need to have an appropriate witness available to complete a witness statement for you as part of the Unit 1 assessment
  • If you choose to study the paper-based course with online assessments, you will need to either film yourself demonstrating particular skills, or have an appropriate witness available to complete a witness statement for you as part of the Unit 1 assessment.

*The witness must hold a qualification in counselling skills and The Skills Network may contact the witness to validate their qualifications and experience.

Course Highlights

Unit 1: Using counselling skills

In this unit, your learners will identify core counselling skills and understand how these are practised in a counselling relationship. Learners will gain an understanding of how to establish a helping relationship and will consider the boundaries which need to be taken into account.

Unit 2: Introduction to counselling skills theories

This unit introduces your learners to the key elements of the main theoretical approaches to counselling, including psychodynamic, person-centred and CBT. Learners will discover the key differences between these theories and gain an understanding of the significance of counselling theory.

Unit 3: Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills

This unit covers the concepts of diversity and ethics. Your learners will gain an understanding of anti-discriminatory practice, discover the key aspects of an ethical framework and discover varied ways to address diversity in counselling skills practice.

Unit 4: Counselling skills and personal development

This unit allows your learners to develop self-understanding – identifying their own values and beliefs and reflecting on their personal qualities and skills. Your learners will also identify where they would like to develop in the future and potential sources of support.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Possibility of getting in a higher level distance learning course in a similar field


Paper based learning materials with online assessment

Paper based learning materials and paper based assessment

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course; however, learners should have a minimum of level one in literacy or equivalent.

Our Level 1 and 2 distance learning courses are free if eligible for government funding if you meet the following criteria:

  • Must be aged 19 and over as of 31/08/19
  • If aged 19-23, you must hold a full Level 2 qualification or above (five GCSEs/O Levels grade A-C/9-4, two or three AS Levels, one A Level, NVQ Level 2, First Certificate or Principle of Learning Level 2). If aged 24+ no qualifications are required.
  • A resident in the UK for the last 3 years
  • Not enrolled in any other distance learning course with us

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.