Opening Doors | NCFE Counselling (Interpersonal Skills) | Level 1

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: Please see entry requirements section. Assessment: Weekly reflective journals, practical work and portfolio. Awarding Body: NCFE

Why this course?

This course will help you develop your listening and communication skills. This course is a great introduction to the basics of counselling skills and theory, exploring a wide variety of topics. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to practice your new interpersonal skills with your class in practical Triad sessions. 

This course is a great place to start if you are interested in pursuing a career in counselling. It is also the perfect course if you are looking to improve your employability and interview techniques, improve your self-confidence and ability to be assertive.

Lessons take the form of presentations from the tutor, group discussions, practice helping sessions and reflective journaling. 

Upon completion, you will achieve an NCFE Level 1 Award in Interpersonal Skills qualification.

Please email to register your interest in this course. 

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees ?
FE0715-1C 03 Dec 2021 Central Brighton Fridays 9.30am - 1.00pm 10 weeks £0.00 Apply
FE0729-1C 14 Jan 2022 Central Brighton Tuesdays 9.30am - 1.00pm 10 weeks £0.00 Apply
FE0973-1C 25 Jan 2022 Central Brighton Fridays 9.30am - 1.00pm 10 weeks £0.00 Apply
  • student Views Kelly Opening Doors Counselling - Level 1

    This course is for anyone who wants to learn more about themselves and other people. It helps you really listen to people and to understand what people are feeling. This course is a stepping stone to your future. 

  • student Views Annette Opening Doors Counselling - Level 1

    Although I'm pushing sixity there was still loads of useful stuff to learn, and discoveries to unearth. Whether you are considering a counselling career - or just curious about thoughts and feelings, this 10 week course generously tutored by Bebe will have you riveted! 

  • student Views Ollie Opening Doors Counselling - Level 1

    This course has really helped to build my self-esteem and given me a sense of purpose and direction. The format is relaxed and fun and I liked how practical the lessons were. I really feel the course has given me the help I needed to move towards a career I'm passionate about. 

  • student Views Georgina Opening Doors Counselling - Level 1

    The course is not only a good introduction to what counselling is about, but you also learn about yourself and what your strengths and weaknesses are which is great for employability and personal development. 

  • student Views Emily Opening Doors Counselling - Level 1

    Bebe is a fantastic and inspirational teacher, with a plethora of resources and knowledge. If you are looking to enter the field of counselling, you will be met with support, manageable challenges and a cornucopia of new outlooks and skills for yourself and your prospective professional future. 

Entry requirements

Applicants will need to complete a telephone interview. 

Applicants need a good level of English. If English is not your first language, you will need Entry Level 3 or above.


If the following criteria apply, you qualify for one of our free Opening Doors programmes.

  • 19+

  • Unemployed and claiming a means-tested benefit (see Cost & Finance tab for more information)

  • Employed and earning less than £17,300 per annum

  • Currently seeking work

Course content

During the course, you will cover a wide range of topics, including: 

  • Listening skills
  • Verbal communication skills
  • Body language
  • Empathy and respect
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback
  • Prejudice
  • Communication styles
  • Self-esteem
  • Endings
Course content

What's next?

After completing your Level 1 Counselling you can progress onto our higher level counselling courses. Find out more here

You can also use your new communication skills to further your career: 

  • Mental health sector
  • Health and social care
  • Customer service
  • Mentoring
  • Life coaching
  • Charity work
  • Education

Interpersonal skills will look great on your CV and our careers advisors at the college are available to support you with applying for roles in the local area and planning your future. 


What's next?

Course fees

Our Opening Doors courses are free to those currently unemployed and in receipt of a means tested benefit. 

You will need to provide evidence of your benefit in order to receive a fee waiver for this course. 

We accept the following Means Tested benefits for this course: 

  • Universal Credit
  • JSA
  • ESA
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Council Tax Benefit (not reduction)
  • Pension Credit 

Please note we cannot accept DLA, Carers Allowance, PIP or Tax Credits. 

This course is also free to those who are currently employed and earning less than £17,374.50 annual gross salary. You will be required to provide evidence of this in order to receive a fee waiver for this course.

We accept the following evidence: 

  • P60
  • Last 3 months payslips
  • Tax Credit notice (for self employed)

Please note you will also need to bring photo ID to your enrolment. 

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