Level 3 Certificate in Counselling – September 2024

Funding information: Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 academic year
Attendance: Part-time Evening

Course Overview

This AIM Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Counselling is designed to further develop the skills and knowledge you gained on the Level 2 Counselling Skills course.

The course covers theories of human development, self-awareness, supervision and issues surrounding difference and diversity in order for you to work towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling.

Additionally, the course helps you to gain an understanding of core theories and theorists that underpin counselling and looks at the nature of psychological problems and how they may be approached.

The skills and knowledge gained from this qualification will be applicable in a range of working practices and contexts. The course is part time and runs for 3 hours a week over 34 weeks. Attendance is on a Wednesday, either 09:15-12:30 or 5:30-8:30pm.

Course Content

Students will undertake three mandatory components:

  • Counselling Theory
  • Counselling Skills
  • Developing Reflective Practice in Counselling

Entry Requirements

Mandatory requirement to have completed the L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills course. You will also need to hold GCSE C in English or a L2 Functional Skills equivalent in Literacy.

Assessment Methods

  • Externally set
  • internally marked and externally verified assessment tasks which include role play
  • professional discussion
  • written work
  • journals and a written exam.


This qualification has been designed as the next step in the ladder for professional development for aspiring and practising counsellors. Upon completion of the Level 3 certificate you could progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice.

Case Study

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Current Level 3 Counselling students

Chesterfield Campus

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling