Course Overview

Commencing in September 2023, this course will be delivered face-to face in Gloucester over 18 weeks (Monday 2:30pm –  8:00pm).  This qualification is made up of 7 learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria.  The structure is based on the 7 processes of the Counselling and Psychotherapy Awarding Body (CPCAB) and leads to a nationally regulated qualification awarded by CPCAB. Successful completion of the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills will lead to CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, commencing in February 2024, for 18 weeks

Overall Purpose and Aims of the Training

For students starting out on their journey to be a professional counsellor or for those who want to learn counselling skills to improve their professional and personal relationships.

Entry Requirements

This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological distress. Students need to be aware that the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. 

You must be aged over 18 and be able to meet the following criteria:

  • be able to cope with the course content
  • have the ability to translate intra-personal experience into language
  • be able to benefit from self-development
  • be motivated towards developing as a helper
  • emotional stability
  • identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • awareness of difference and diversity

You will also be required to attend an interview (this can be via ZOOM if you don’t live within easy travelling distance of Gloucestershire).

Course Cost 

£1,500 combined cost for both Level 2 & Level 3 (or £800 for Level 2 only).

If you wish to complete Level 2 only, the cost is £800.


Download the course application form here

Email [email protected] for an application pack


Level 2 Course Brochure (PDF)

Level 2/3 Course Curriculum (PDF)

Student Feedback (PDF)


The course will be delivered on the following dates:

11, 18 & 25 September 2023

2, 9, 16 & 23 October 2023

6, 13, 20 & 27 November 2023

4 & 11 December 2023

8, 15, 22 & 29 January 2024

5 February 2024

Course Objectives

  • Working ethically and professionally (professional factors)
  • Working with relationship (relationship factors)
  • Working with difference and diversity (observed client factors)
  • Working with a primary focus on the client (inferred client factors)
  • Working with self-awareness (observed and inferred counsellor factors)
  • Working within a coherent framework of skills and theory (treatment factors)
  • Working reflectively (professional factors)