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The Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L3) is a CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body), which is assessed both internally and externally. The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies programme introduces you to the three main theoretical approaches to counselling and shows you what you can expect from working with counselling agencies. Please see for more information.

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    Entry Requirements

    Entry requirements are as follows:

    • Four GCSEs at grades A*-C; one of which must be GCSE English or GCSE Mathematics - or successful completion of a Level 2 substantial qualification in a related subject
    • An initial assessment that indicates an appropriate level of English and mathematical ability
    • A satisfactory reference.

    Assessment Method

    Assessed both internally and externally.

    Aims of the course

    This qualification is intended for candidates who have already acquired a recognised qualification in counselling skills and want to:

    • Take the next step in training to become a counsellor
    • Learn more about counselling theory, ethics and mental health
    • Be prepared for work as a professional counsellor in an agency setting.

    This qualification does not lead to employment. It is designed as a pre- practitioner training for professional counselling qualifications but it could also lead to employment in a related field.

    Progression Opportunities

    You can go onto to develop your skills by taking a Level 4 certificate, or apply for a role in the industry.


    Classrooms and learning resource centre.

    Career Options

    • Students can progress further to gain a Certificate in counselling Level 3

    What can I earn in the health and social care industry?

    When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. If you study for a vocational qualification in health and social care, you'll be starting on a career path with lots of opportunity for progression ? and a good salary in your sights.

    For example:

    • Care workers start on around £13,000 a year and can earn £17,000 with 3-5 years' experience
    • Social workers start on around £24,000 a year and can earn £39,000 with 3-5 years' experience
    • Nurses start on around £26,000 a year and can earn £31,000 with 3-5 years' experience

    Our tiered qualifications are industry-accepted and government-recognised, and many include valuable work experience, giving you the confidence and skills you need to succeed in this sector.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Evening
Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 07/09/2020
End Date 02/07/2021


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 811 p/year
24+ £811 p/year
International £2,400 p/year

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Serifat Kareem

Serifat Kareem

Coming to Lewisham College gave me time to truly think about what I wanted to do as an undergraduate student, it really helped my decision to study for a Master’s afterwards – particularly the 'Professional Development' module.

Saikou Sanyang

Saikou Sanyang

We had a great bond as a class, and our course tutor was always willing to go the extra mile to support learners. I feel that I have really grown both personally and professionally.

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