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Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate

  • L2
  • EHCP

This course is aimed at those who want to develop recognised counselling skills in the workplace or wish to develop their career as a counsellor.

What Counselling qualification is right for me?

Entry requirements

NOTE: You will only be accepted on the course by an essential interview with a member(s) of the Counselling Team. You must also bring a copy of all certificates (from other training organisations and colleges) to the interview.

You need to be 19 years of age or over and hold:

  • An Introductory Certificate in Counselling of a minimum of 25 hours

Course content

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Using counselling skills ethically and safely
  • Managing and helping interaction
  • Communicating empathic understanding
  • Managing an active listening space
  • Using self awareness to facilitate helping work
  • Use counselling skills coherently
  • Use study skills to help manage learning

Assessment methods

You will need to complete a Learning Journal throughout the course. Assessment will involve self, peer and tutor assessments. There will also be a practical skills assessment. Towards the end of the course you will be externally examined on your ability to identify Level 2 Counselling Skills and you will need to complete a Candidate Learning Record.

Further study and career options

Successful completion of this course, along with our Counselling Studies Level 3 Certificate, enable you to progress onto our Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 Diploma.

Additional information

You can expect additional study time of three or six hours respectively. Six hours of personal counselling is now a requirement. There is an additional cost of £20 for a textbook.

Candidates who are already enrolled on courses at Bedford College do not need to fill in an application, or attend an interview. A group interview will be offered as part of your current course by your tutor at the end of the course.

Please note that the sessions starting in January 2020 (K461S4 and K461S7) requires additional Saturday learning (9.00am-4.00pm) on the following dates:

  • 25 January 2020
  • 21 March 2020
  • 16 May 2020
  • 20 June 2020

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 24/09/2019 Tue 9.30 am - 12.30 pm £362 Cauldwell Street K461S1 Apply
32 weeks 24/09/2019 Tue 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £362 Cauldwell Street K461S2 Apply
20 weeks 08/01/2020 Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £362 Cauldwell Street K461S4 Apply
20 weeks 08/01/2020 Wed 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm £362 Cauldwell Street K461S7 Apply


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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