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Counselling Level 3 Course

This Counselling Level 3 course will teach you how to listen with empathy. You will be able to deal with any negative thoughts and feelings someone may have.

Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.

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The Counselling Level 3 course will teach you how to you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making someone feel uncomfortable.

You will be able to provide a safe and regular space for someone to talk and explore difficult feelings. 

Counselling can be used to help with many different mental health conditions, including:

  • depression 
  • anxiety 
  • borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • long-term illnesses
  • eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • drug misuse 


The course will be delivered by post including Tutor Support for 12 months. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

Throughout your course, you'll have the support of a Tutor to guide you. Additionally, you can reach out to the Student Support Team for help with any other questions you may have. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


You must successfully complete a series of assignments. Once all assignments have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate.  The good news is, there is no final exam.


Module 1 – The Basics of Counselling

What is counselling

Who is a Counsellor

When is a Counsellor not ready Who needs counselling

Ten Steps to Counselling

Module 2 – Types of Counselling

When a Counsellor is needed

Types of counselling offered

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • PMS
  • Sexual health
  • Stress

Module 3 – New Wave Counselling

On-line Counselling

Telephone Counselling

Telephone / Internet

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Video counselling

The Future

Module 4 – Traditional Counselling Styles

Types of Traditional Counselling What Counselling

Individual Therapy

Couples Therapy

Family therapy

Group Therapy

Who goes to Counselling

Module 5 – Listening Skills


Stages of listening

Obstacles of Listening

Emphatic Listening

Listeners in Control

Traps for Listeners

Module 6 – Negotiation


The Establishment Group

The Community group

Negotiation in General

The Joint Problem-Solving Approach

Definition of the Problem


Q & A

Will I require any previous knowledge to start this course?

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

What is included with this course?

  • In-depth study materials covering the full specification
  • 12 months tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Certification

Will I need to purchase any books?

You will not need to purchase any books as we cover everything that is required in the course materials unless otherwise stated on the course page.

Are there any additional costs?

There will be no additional costs for this course.

I live overseas, would I be able to take this course?

Yes, this course is available to international students.

Do I have to pay delivery?

For paper-based courses, delivery is free to the UK. A delivery fee will be payable for paper-based courses sent outside the UK. Please click here for delivery information.

How many hours should I allow for this course?

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 150 and 170 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Can I complete this course sooner if I wish to?

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course.

Awarding Organisation

At the end abstract-education-distance-learningof this course successful learners will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement by Abstract Education and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The Level 3 Counselling course has been benchmarked at a level 3 which would give you some indication as to the difficulty of this course.  I.e., GCSE would be equivalent to Level 2 and A’ Level would be equivalent to Level 3.


Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Course materials which will cover the full course.
  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Certification
  • Access to your personal Tutors via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources.
  • Free Notebook and Pen.
  • Access to the NUS student card.
  • Tutor references once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Free CV writing service on completion of course.