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Counselling Level 3 Course

Oakwood Home Learning


£299 inc VAT
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6 monthly payments of £59

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Distance learning
12 months · Self-paced
No formal qualification
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Understanding how to work with a variety of different clients is key for anyone that wishes to become a counsellor. This counselling level 3 course is great for students looking to gather a knowledge of techniques and practices used in counselling so that they can work in this field successfully.

As you study the course you will discover complex theories and practice your new found counselling skills. You will be guided step by step, via your Counselling course, to understand the process of counselling a client from start to finish.


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Digital certificate - Included

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Study Time: 100 hours

Enrolment length: 12 months

Course Format: Paper Based

Assignments: 6

Upon completion of this course students receive a Quality Licence Scheme Certificate.

All certification fees are included in your course fees.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Counselling overview

  • Personal attributes of a counsellor
  • Directed advice and counselling
  • The need for counselling
  • Counselling development

Unit 2: The theory of counselling

  • Stages of counselling
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Main counselling skills
  • Verbal communication
  • Summarising
  • Questioning
  • Goal setting
  • The end of the counselling relationship

Unit 3: Relationships in counselling

  • Client confidentiality
  • Relations with clients
  • Transference
  • Contracts and data storage
  • Crisis situations

Unit 4: Psychodynamic approaches to counselling

  • Sigmund Freud
  • Alfred Adler
  • Carl Jung
  • Jungian archetypes and dreams
  • Object relations theory
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Limitations of the approach

Unit 5: Correcting behaviour through counselling

  • Theories of behaviour
  • Social learning theory
  • Learnt behaviour
  • The ABC Model
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Advantages and disadvantages of CBT
  • Skills to be used practically
  • Discussion about the cognitive approach

Unit 6: Humanistic counselling

  • Carl Rogers
  • Active listening
  • Maslows hierarchy of needs
  • The existential approach
  • Case study 1- Rob’s alcohol addiction
  • Case study 2- Sarah’s anxiety
  • Discussions about person-centred approaches


This course is assessed through tutor marked assignments which must be sent to your tutor for marking. You will then be provided with feedback and a mark on your work from your tutor within 4 working days. After each assignment has been sent off and marked as complete you will have passed the course and will receive your certification.


All of the shipping costs for our courses are included in the enrolment fees and we offer worldwide shipping free of charge. This means you can get started on your course for much less without the hassle of paying expensive postage costs- you can leave these to us. All of our courses are printed, bound and shipped to you first class, within 1 working day, so you can get enrolled and get started on your new course in no time at all.

Tutor Support

All of our courses come with full tutor support throughout so that you can benefit from the best education. Our tutor support team includes a number of professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds- each one an expert in their own field with tutoring experience in abundance. Students at Oakwood are assigned a personal tutor who provides help and support throughout their course and will mark all of your assignments so that you have the personal touch of an industry expert there to help at all times. This tutor support is completely unlimited- which means you can contact your tutor and ask as many questions as you need when working through your course. With this support you will never feel alone on one of our courses and you will always be backed by a professionally qualified team dedicated to your success.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for anyone looking to learn the skills and knowledge required to work with different clients in a counselling role.


No requirements are needed to take this course.

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