Course Overview

This is a regulated qualification for those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor, or to learn counselling skills in other professional/helping roles, or for anyone who simply wants to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development.

Launching in September 2022, Level 2 will be delivered face-to-face in Gloucester, one afternoon/evening over 18 weeks.  The qualification is made up of 7 learning outcomes and assessment criteria.  This structure is based on the 7 processes of the CPCAB’s Model.

The course requires students to complete 90 hours guided learning and 80 hours self-directed learning (including written assignment, reading, listening to podcasts etc).

Overall Purpose and Aims of the Training

Entry Requirements

  • Age 18 or over
  • 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

Course Cost 

£1,500 including CPCAB registration and certificate (this is the cost for both Level 2 and Level 3).

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


Download the course application form for Level 2/3 here.

Email [email protected] for an application pack.


Level 2 Course Brochure (PDF)

Level 2/3 Course Curriculum (PDF)

Student Feedback (PDF)


The Level 2 Course will be delivered on the following dates:

5/12/19/26  – September 2022

3/10/17/Half Term/31 – October 2022

7/14/21/28 – November 2022

5/12/19/Christmas Break – December 2022

9/16/23 – January 2023

Course Objectives

• Work within the limitations of the helping role 

• Establish boundaries for helping work 

• Communicate empathetic understanding 

• Focus on the helpee’s agenda 

• Understand the importance of self-awareness in helping work 

• Use listening and responding skills

• Use review and feedback to develop initial counselling skills