Counselling | Professional courses for adults

Start your career in counselling

Our counselling courses, which lead to nationally-recognised NCFE qualifications, are suitable for those interested in a career in counselling as well as those hoping to improve their skills and knowledge in this area. 

  • How do I apply for a counselling course?

    You will find a list of all the Counselling courses we offer below and you can apply for these by clicking "Find out more". Please only apply for one course at a time. We offer courses at both our Brighton Central and West Durrington campuses.

    Once we receive your application, it will be processed and you will hear from us regarding an interview within two weeks.

  • What should I expect at my interview?

    Interviews take place from the middle to the end of term before the course is due to begin.  Interviews take place in a group and are normally face-to-face. You should allocate a minimum of one hour for your interview. During the interview, you will get a taste of what the course is going to be like, and have an opportunity to ask questions. 

    After the interview, if successful you will be invited to enrol in the course.

  • How often are courses run?

    We normally run a number of Level 2 courses each term (daytime and evening) and at least one Level 3 course each term.

  • Can I go straight to Level 3?

    You can only start at Level 3 if you have already completed a Level 2 course that was not virtual. We particularly need you to have completed at least three formal skills sessions that were observed. These formal skills sessions need to have taken place face-to-face and not with a family member or friend.

    If you have direct clinical experience of face-to-face work, where formal counselling skills have been used, and you have an understanding of the person-centred theory then you may also be considered for Level 3.

    All of the above is subject to interview. 

  • What about after Level 3?

    Professional courses in Higher Education start at Level 4 and Level 5 and normally take over two years to complete. These courses are normally accredited by BACP or UCKP. They will normally require you to have a Level 2 and Level 3 counselling qualification with minimum 125 Guided learning hours as a pre-requisite for application. We discuss progression routes on the courses. 

  • Available courses

    • Brighton
      Counselling (Helping Skills) | NCFE Award | Level 2
      Counselling (Helping Skills) | NCFE Award | Level 2

      This course teaches you basic counselling skills either to expand your skills and knowledge for a current role, or as a step towards becoming a professional counsellor.

      • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
      • Duration: 10 weeks
      Find out more
    • Worthing
      Counselling (Helping Skills) | NCFE Award | Level 2
      Counselling (Helping Skills) | NCFE Award | Level 2

      This course teaches you basic counselling skills either to expand your skills and knowledge for a current role, or as a step towards becoming a professional counsellor.

      • Course type: Open to international students
      • Duration: 10 weeks
      Find out more
    • Brighton
      Counselling Skills and Theory | NCFE Award | Level 3
      Counselling Skills and Theory | NCFE Award | Level 3

      This course is an ideal qualification if you are seeking to enhance your use of counselling skills and pursue further training.

      • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
      • Duration: 12 weeks + 4 Saturdays
      Find out more
    • Worthing
      Counselling Skills and Theory | NCFE Award | Level 3
      Counselling Skills and Theory | NCFE Award | Level 3

      This course is an ideal qualification if you are seeking to enhance your functional role through the use of counselling skills.

      • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
      • Duration: 10 weeks
      Find out more
    • Brighton
      Opening Doors | NCFE Counselling (Interpersonal Skills) | Level 1
      Opening Doors | NCFE Counselling (Interpersonal Skills) | Level 1

      This course is an ideal qualification if you are seeking to develop basic counselling skills and pursue further training.

      • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
      • Duration: 10 weeks
      Find out more
    • Brighton
      Opening Doors | NCFE Counselling | Level 2
      Opening Doors | NCFE Counselling | Level 2

      This accredited qualification provides you with both skills and knowledge in both practical counselling skills and theory. Taught over 12 weeks you will explore different interpersonal techniques and learn about the ethics and theory of humanistic co...

      • Course type: Adult qualifications and professional
      • Duration: 12 weeks
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