Award Crest
York College

This qualification is intended for individuals who want to improve their interpersonal and communication skills; who want to learn initial counselling skills, in order to help and support others either in a voluntary or employed capacity; or who want to find out more about counselling. The course does not teach you to be a counsellor, but it may help you to decide whether or not this is a career you might want to pursue.

Please note you cannot enrol over the phone for this course and an application is necessary.

Entry Requirements

Full commitment and willingness to reflect on skills and engage with some abstract concepts of counselling.

Dates and Times

4th March 2019 - 1st July 2019

Time: 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Day: Mondays

Course Content

This course provides an introduction to the qualities and skills involved in the development of supportive interpersonal relationships. During each session, students can expect to be involved in a variety of learning experiences including individual, paired, small group and whole group activities, in addition to formally taught components. A willingness to participate in all aspects of the course is essential. In addition to the 36 hours of class contact time, you will need to complete approximately one hour of self-directed study per week.

Students will learn how to:

  • Work within the limitations of the helping role
  • Establish boundaries for helping work
  • Communicate empathic understanding
  • Focus on the subject’s agenda
  • Understand the importance of self-awareness in helping work
  • Use listening and responding skills
  • Use review and feedback to develop initial counselling skills

Exams and Assessments

Submission of portfolio of evidence and Individual Learning Review.

Self-reflection and evaluation, tutor observation, and evaluation of peer and tutor feedback are continuous throughout the course. Students will be expected to use all aspects of formative feedback constructively to support their learning experience.

Internal Assessment consists of four elements:

  • Individual Learning Review, consisting of weekly self-reflective entries that explore learning through input, discussion, experience, reading and personal development.
  • Tutor observation and feedback on skills practice sessions.
  • Peer feedback on skills practice sessions.
  • Guided written work.

External Assessment consists of a written self-review exercise, which is undertaken during class time towards the end of the course.


CPCAB Level 2 Award in Counselling Skills

Course Fees 

The cost of this course is £336. This fee may be reduced for individuals who meet the funding requirements.

Courses costing more than £200 can usually be paid for in instalments. Please contact the College for details.

How to Apply

Applications should be made to the College and you may be required to have an interview. You can apply online on the web page of your chosen course, collect an application form from the College, or request a paper or PDF copy from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01904 770400.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course or any aspects of studying at York College please email or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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