Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Counselling Studies

Counselling Studies

Counselling Studies Course

CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

If you already have a recognised qualification in counselling skills and want to take the next step in training to become a counsellor and learn about theories, ethics and practices. Then this course is for you!

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Is this course right for me?

This qualification has a strong focus on experiential areas such as professional discussion and workshops; seminars; projects and presentations; learning reviews; simulated counselling practice; case studies; and simulated group training supervision. The course seeks to recreate real-life counselling scenarios, and will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

This course is not suitable for anyone who has had a recent bereavement or trauma and not suitable for personal therapy.

Successfully passing this course will not qualify you as a counsellor, but will further develop your knowledge and skills in order to take your next steps towards becoming fully-qualified.

This one year course normally runs on a Tuesday, 17:00 – 20:00, with one Saturday per term, starting in September.  Applications close at the end of May each year although late applications may be accepted if places are still available.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this course, please do not hesitate to contact our community courses team, during working hours, on 01437 753 139 or anytime via email

  • You will be expected to have successfully completed the previous level in this subject area or similar
  • A portfolio/examples of work will be required for this course
  • Life skills, experience and maturity are important
  • You should have some basic computer skills including being able to save and locate files and access websites
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview
  • The learner must be over the age of 19

Learning outcomes include:

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
  • Understand the counselling relationship
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding
  • Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health
  • Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

On successful completion of both parts you may want to do the Level 4 Counselling Therapeutic course.

Following completion of this course you might want to try another one of our community courses.

  • No additional equipment required

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No additional costs

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Last updated: 28/07/2022
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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