Counselling (Helping Skills) | NCFE Award | Level 2

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional, Open to international students Campus: Broadwater Campus Entry requirements: Successful completion of Level 1 Counselling course or relevant experience. Must be 18+ Qualification: NCFE Award in Helping Skills Level 2 Awarding Body: NCFE

Why this course?

This course will help you build upon and consolidate your interpersonal skills and knowledge. It is also designed to further careers in counselling, health and social care, childcare, or learning and development. You will learn effective communication skills and engage in a one-to-one helping relationship.

Counselling offers a safe and confidential space to talk and be heard, talking through your concerns and hidden emotions with someone who is not part of your life and who accepts you just as you are, gives you the freedom to focus on yourself and to speak openly without fear of criticism or judgment. 

Should you gain a place on these courses, you will discover a great deal about yourself as well as develop the tools to embark on a new and exciting career.

The mandatory units for this course are:

  • Using counselling skills
  • Introduction to counselling skills theories
  • Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills
  • Counselling skills and personal development

The following are comments from our students about their experiences of taking this counselling course:

“I never expected this course to change my sense of who I am in the way that it has.” 

“As a group, we’ve developed a strong bond with each other and everyone has been very supportive - lots of laughter along the way!”

“I didn’t think I’d cope academically but there’s loads of support with the assignments - I’ve really surprised myself by how much I’m enjoying the course!”

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE1061-1C 13 Sep 2021 Broadwater Mondays 9:30am - 1:30pm 10 weeks £199.00
FE1062-1C 04 Oct 2021 Broadwater Mondays 3:30pm - 8pm 10 weeks £199.00

Entry requirements

  • You must be 18+
  • The readiness for the course will be assessed during an interview
  • Successful completion of Level 1 Counselling course or relevant experience is necessary to start Level 2 Counselling course.
Entry requirements

Work experience

As this is a skills-based course, you are required to have relevant work experience prior to starting the course. There is no direct work experience organised by the College but the majority of students continue working while applying their skills learnt on the course. 

What's next?

On successful completion of this course, you may wish to progress to the NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory.

Alternatively, you could also 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. 

Course fees

You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:

  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means-tested benefit, earning less than £343 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £549 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £17,004 per year (gross pay)

You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

International students

If you are not a UK citizen, do not hold EU Settlement Status nor have a visa that could qualify you for home status, you are still welcome to enrol on this course. Please note that fees for international students on this course are £442.00. To apply, please email stating the course code.

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