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Counselling Skills – Level 2 Certificate

Course Overview

This free level 2 Counselling Skills course explores core counselling principles and how to use them in a helping relationship.

What topics are covered?

Topics include:

  • Counselling skills theories
  • Diversity & ethics in the use of counselling skills
  • Developing personal skills and qualities
  • Counselling skills and personal development

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is appropriate for anyone who needs these skills to support others on a 1:1 basis. This course will also provide a foundation to build and develop counselling skills for career purposes. Please note that as part of the course you will need to arrange for a person with a counselling qualification to observe and witness you putting skills into practice during a session.

What are the entry requirements?

You must be:

  • Over 19
  • Live in England
  • Not in full-time education
  • A resident in UK/EU for last 3 years
  • Have evidence of immigration status if not an EU/UK national

If you’re aged 19-23 you must have already achieved a full Level 2 qualification and not have completed any part of the qualification previously.

What qualifications will I gain?

You will gain a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Who is the awarding body?


How will I learn?

You will learn via distance learning after a face to face induction session.

How will I be assessed?

You will submit assignments which will be marked by a specialist assessor.

What can I do after this course?

On completion of this course you can progress to another Level 2 Distance Learning course in a different topic (maximum 3 per year) or to other courses at the College.

Which department is this course in?

Distance Learning

Where will I need to go on my first day?

Once your Distance Learning Request Form has been processed you will be invited to attend the next Induction session which generally takes place at either Somer Valley campus (Radstock), or City Centre campus (Bath). Please allow 1.5hrs attendance.


Inductions will include a mandatory 15 minute maths and English assessment (this is not a test).


Learners may need to bring their passport and visa to the induction, for evidencing course eligibility. This will be confirmed prior to the induction date.

What else do I need to know?

You will be required to approach someone with a Counselling qualification, who will agree to observe a brief counselling session and offer feedback. You will also be required to approach a friend or colleague to be ‘counselled’ on any agreed topic, whilst being observed.


Where can I find out more information?

Any queries, contact us by phone on 01225 328 702 / 01225 328 714 or email distancelearning@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Click the "Apply" button and fill out an online application form.


You will also need to complete the counselling witness form below to confirm that you have a competent witness to observe you demonstrating the skills asked for and that the witness knows that they will need to complete a statement which documents what they have witnessed. Please e-mail your completed form to distancelearning@bathcollege.ac.uk.


To be suitably qualified the witness must hold a minimum of the below:

  • A counselling or interpersonal skills course at level 1
  • A completed or partially completed counselling course at level 2
  • A completed counselling skills unit as part of a larger qualification at level 2 or above
  • A short course or courses about counselling skills (e.g. a full day workshop where there was training and practice of counselling skills, or the training provided for workers at voluntary agencies that provide emotional support)
  • A short CPD course in counselling skills


Counselling Witness Form


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