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Introduction to Counselling Skills

On this introductory course you will be given the opportunity to practice counselling skills in a safe and friendly environment, and develop an understanding of the profession. This is ideal for anyone who already works in a helping role or anyone who is interested in enhancing their people and communication skills, or improving their self-awareness. The course is also suitable as an introduction to further training for those who wish to become a qualified counsellor.



We are currently confirming times and dates for this course. Please register your interest below or contact us for more information.

What topics are covered?

You will develop skills in listening and responding, and be introduced to the three main approaches to contemporary counselling: person-centred, psychodynamic, and cognitive behavioural therapy.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no specific entry requirements for this programme.

What qualifications will I gain?

College Certificate in Counselling.

Who is the awarding body?

Bath College

How will I learn?

Combination of theory and practical exercises.

What can I do after this course?

This introductory course is ideal for those who wish to progress into counselling qualifications – we offer level 2 and 3 Certificates in Counselling, after which you can progress to further training and accreditation with organisations such as the BACP or the CPCAB.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Sport, Leisure & Care

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What do I need to bring?

Please have a notepad and pen. All other materials will be provided.

What else do I need to know?

When you have been enrolled on your course you will receive a confirmation email containing information about where to go, campus information, parking and the Student Code of Conduct. This email will be sent to the email address provided in the online booking.You will be required to wear a photographic ID badge at all times when in College. Please email a passport style photograph stating your full name and course title in the subject line to StudentID@bathcollege.ac.uk

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you enrol on your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check the term dates.

Cancelling your enrolment

If you have to cancel your enrolment please notify us by email: info@bathcollege.ac.uk as soon as possible.

Refunds will not be issued if a learner is unable to attend due to a change of mind including concerns about Covid-19, accommodation, domestic circumstances, work commitments or if the College requires a learner to leave for reasons of conduct.

Click here to access our Covid-19 FAQ - https://www.bathcollege.ac.uk/news/84413

Where can I find out more information?

If you need help or answers to specific questions, please contact the Student Advice Centre on 01225 312191 ext 720 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

How do I enrol?

You can enrol on this course:

Online: Click the "Add to Cart" button to enrol online.
Phone: Call 01225 328720 during our opening hours
Post: Download the Love2learn Learning Agreement and send to Student Advice Centre, Bath College, Avon Street, Bath BA1 1UP.
In person: Visit the Student Advice Centre in either of our campuses

Please see how to enrol for more detailed information.

28 reviews for Introduction to Counselling Skills

  1. 5 out of 5

    I found the course very interesting and helpfull and would highly recomend it.

  2. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Well structured sessions, fantastic tutor, valuable skills whether you’re thinking of going into a career in counselling or just looking to enhance your skills.

  3. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This is a fascinating and very practical course – expertly taught. Inspiring.

  4. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Very enjoyable, have been inspired to continue further down the counselling road.

  5. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This course has been so much better than expected, I have learned so much and I have enjoyed every session I attended. I also feel ready to start the Level 2 and I have developed more confidence in my choice to become a counsellor.

  6. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    If you’re wondering if counselling is for you as a career this course will answer it. But even if you decide it isn’t, you will take with you skills that will serve you really well in any walk of life. Really worth it!

  7. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I’ve really enjoyed the course. It has been a great introduciton and inspried me to go further with counselling skills. Olivia is very professional and has been a great teacher, encouraging and kind. Really enjoyed it thank you.

  8. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I have enjoyed the energy and vitality of this course. Even when I had a tough day, knowing that I would be attending class on a Tuesday evening really helped me feel renewed and glad I enrolled on the course. Thanks Gill and classmates!

  9. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This course has opened my mind to a topic I knew little about. I found it engaging and rewarding. I enjoyed every class and I will miss it this summer.

  10. 5 out of 5

    This course was amazing, made great friends and learnt a lot about myself and how to use the skills we were taught!

  11. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I really enjoyed the course. The activities were fun & varied. I found I developed new skills which have helped me at work and in personal life.
    Looking forward to level2.

  12. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    By far, the best counselling course I’ve been on. Tutor did a great job building the group dynamic. A good balance between content and skills practice.

  13. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I started this course to try and decide if I wanted a new career and I can’t thank you enough. It has helped me become a better listener and helped me in myself as well. Looking forward to level 2.

  14. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    The course has been really enjoyable. It has opened my eyes to the possibilities of counselling & has made me learn so much more about myself. Thank you so much!

  15. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This course has made me sure that counselling is a career I would like to pursue in the future. I’ve enjoyed the mixture of group work, skills practice & individual reflection.

  16. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I had no idea what to expect when I enrolled but was really curious to find out more. It has been a highlight of my week and have realised a lot more about myself and how to effectively counsel others.

  17. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    What a fantastic course, welcoming group. A very full and insightful curriculum, giving a nice broad overview, with lots of meaningful interactive sessions. Has given me a great foundation to build on.

  18. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Absolutely loved this course and got way more out of it than I ever imagined. Its really helped me learn a lot about myself and I am now very excited about starting Level 2. Would recommend this course to anybody who has an interest in this area.

  19. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    During the course I met a great bunch of people. Every one was kind open & similar minded throughout the course. Gill has been a great teacher & I’ve not only learnt about what it takes to be a counsellor but also learnt about myself. I would recommend it to anyone!

  20. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    Really good course. Have loved every minute of it. Informative, learnt a lot and has made me eager to continue to the next level.

  21. 5 out of 5

    I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course. It didn’t really like your typical teaching/learning course, more like a group of like minded individuals, that were a pleasure to meet.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Great course and tutor. Learnt lots about myself, the theory of counselling and how to listen.

  23. (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    I have really enjoyed the course. It has been a real eye-opener and hopefully the start to a life-changing journey.

  24. 5 out of 5

    I enjoyed how the course was delivered by Gil! This has been an opportunity for me to nurture my seeds of personal growth!! Thank you.

  25. (verified owner)

    4 out of 5

    Enjoyed course, learned lots about skills required, Gill was great, had to adjust to teaching style / Speed-slow not traditional. More Practise perhaps + teacher Feedback. Everyone was fab!

  26. 5 out of 5

    A really interesting & informative course, a great way to see if you want to pursue a career in counselling. But, if not, a fun few weeks meeting like-minded people. Gill was a calm, friendly & knowledgeable tutor.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amazing course and teacher – loved it

  28. 5 out of 5
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