Counselling Skills

The course will cover:

  • Principles of person centred therapy
  • Counselling skills
  • Principles of other therapeutic orientations (Psychodynamic and Behaviourist theories and models)
  • Personal Development
  • Legal and professional issues, including ethics
  • Contracting in counselling sessions
  • Supervision.

 Offering teaching and learning techniques through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Audio-visual presentations
  • Demonstrations
  • Resource Based Learning Centres
  • Specialist Teaching Facilities
  • Group Work
  • Assignments
  • Skills practice and recordings. 
  • Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)

    Explanation of entry requirements
    The course is assessed through a series of assignments, recordings and journal entries which are uploaded onto the college VITAL system.
    • Foundation Degrees
    • BSC Degree course
    For internal progression and external applicants, successful completion of level 2 award in counselling concepts or an equivalent qualification.
    The level 3 course is available as a one-year course starting in September and ending the following June. Attendance is one evening per week. It is designed to provide an insight into professional issues, person centred therapy and other counselling orientations. You will also develop your skills for use in a supportive role. 
    • Health and Community Studies BSc(Hons)
    • Psychological Studies BSc(Hons)
    • FdSc Health and Social Care.
    • Access to HE (Health Professions)
    • Access to HE Diploma (Social Work, Teaching and Social Sciences).


    This course is designed to help students gain the skills and practical understanding required to follow a career requiring enhanced interpersonal skills and as the next level to qualified counsellor training.

    National Careers Advice

    Study Programme

    All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

    This means you will:

    • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
    • Participate in meaningful work experience
    • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
    • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development