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Level 2 Certificate In Counselling Skills

Course Overview

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Interested in studying one of our counselling courses? This qualification will help develop knowledge and skills around counselling by looking at counselling theories, key elements of the main theoretical approaches and will help develop self-understanding and reflect on values and beliefs. Successfully completing this qualification will help enable providing support and help to others.

To complete the Unit 4 assessment, learners will need to demonstrate how they can use core counselling skills in a helping relationship. In order to be assessed carrying out this task, learners must demonstrate particular skills via either; a video recording submission, or an appropriate witness will be needed to observe the learner demonstrating the skills and completing a witness statement.

*An appropriate witness is classed as any person who has relevant experience, knowledge or qualifications in counselling skills. The Skills Network may contact the witness to validate their qualifications and experience.

*Please note that this course is not accredited by BACP and so some further education providers will not accept this course as a precursor to the level 3 course.

This course is equivalent to a level 5 in Scotland based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework

Key Information

Course Length
8 to 12 weeks

Course Level
Level 2

Awarding Body
(E-certificates upon achievement)

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

For Individuals


  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Gain an accredited level 2 qualification
  • Equivalent to a Scottish level 5 based on the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework
  • Nationally recognised
  • Access to an award-winning e-learning platform
  • Perfect for beginners
  • Unlimited support from qualified tutors
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion

Cost and Funding Information

Funded Course

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Unit 1: Using counselling skills

Learn to identify core counselling skills alongside understanding how these are practised in a counselling relationship. Gain an understanding of how to establish an effective working relationship and will consider the boundaries which need to be respected in this sensitive role.

Unit 2: Introduction to counselling skills theories

This unit will introduce key elements of the main theoretical approaches in counselling, psychodynamics, person-centred therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. There are key practical differences between these theories and you will hone your skills in understanding the significant importance of counselling theory.

Unit 3: Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills

This unit covers the concepts of diversity and ethics. Gain an understanding of anti-discriminatory practice, discover the key aspects of an ethical framework, and discover ways to address diversity in counselling skills practice.

Unit 4: Counselling skills and personal development

This unit encourages development of self-understanding, identifying values and beliefs and the ability to reflect on personal qualities and skills.