Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Counselling - NCFE Award in Counselling (Helping Skills) Level 2

This course gives you basic counselling and communication skills.

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Key information

Course type: Part-time professional, International Entry requirements: Some related experience. You must be 18+ End qualification: NCFE Award in Helping Skills Level 2 Awarding body: NCFE UCAS tariff: Level 2 Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus

Course aims and areas

This course will allow you to build on and consolidate your skills and knowledge if you currently work in an environment where inter-personal skills are essential to the job.

It will also enable careers in counselling, health and social care, child care or learning and development.

You will be given the opportunity to learn effective communication skills and to engage in one-to-one helping relationships.

Start dates

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Code Start Times Duration Fees ?
CCE50011 26 Sep 2018 Wednesday 9.30am - 2.00pm 10 weeks


CCE50012 27 Sep 2018 Thursday 5pm - 9pm 10 weeks


CCE50013 16 Jan 2019 Wednesday 9.30am - 2.00pm 10 weeks


CCE50014 17 Jan 2019 Thursday 5.00pm - 9.00pm 10 weeks


CCE50016 24 Apr 2019 Wednesday 9.30am - 2.00pm 10 weeks


CCE50019 25 Apr 2019 Thursday 5pm - 9pm 10 weeks


The fee listed is the full course cost. Discounts may be available depending on your circumstances.

Course Units

  • Develop your helping skills in everyday life and work
  • Develop self awareness for the helping relationship
  • Improve your listening and communication skills for helping relationships
  • Assist you in managing the helping relationship

Why the MET?

We have a wide range of courses, scheduled to accommodate busy lives. With this in mind, we offer part-time and evening options, with start dates in January, April and September.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries, and the beach.

Entry Requirements

If there are any applicable entry requirements, these will be listed in the key information section above.

Course Costs

International fees can vary depending on the course you choose and how long you are studying for.

For full information about our international fees, please see our International fees guide.

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How to apply

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Work experience

As this is a skills-based course, you are required to have relevant work experience previous to starting the course.

There is no direct work experience organised from the college but the majority of students continue working while applying their skills learnt on the course. 

What's Next?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Conflict Management 
  • Level 2 and 3 qualifications in Health Care and/or Health and Social Care 
  • Level 3 Certificates in Counselling Skills and Theory/Developing Counselling 

Or use the transferable skills to study:

  • Level 2 NVQ in Advice and Guidance Support 
  • Level 3 NVQ in Advice and Guidance 
  • Level 3 qualifications in Workplace Mentoring 

The course will not qualify you to be a counsellor but may help you to decide whether or not to continue training as one.

  • Access to quality teaching resources, rooms and studios
  • Online access to course documents, resources and study support through the MET’s virtual learning environment
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • A travel agency and a hair and beauty salon which are both open to the public and offer exceptional value
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