Counselling Skills Distance Learning Level 2 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The duration of this course is11-13 weeks. Guided learning hours are 8-10 hours per week dependent upon knowledge of the subject.

This qualification covers the fundamental use and theories of counselling skills and personal development.

As part of this course you will study four mandatory units:

UNIT 1 – Using counselling skills

  • Section 1 Know what core counselling skills are
  • Section 2 Know how to establish a helping relationship
  • Section 3 Be able to use core counselling skills in a helping relationship (witness testimony required from an appropriate witness who has training, experience and knowledge in relation to counselling skills, such as a counsellor, manager or mentor) or case study (theoretical and self-evaluation of skills practice with examples and evaluating its effectiveness)
  • Section 4 Know how to conclude a helping interaction

UNIT 2 – Introduction to counselling skills theories

  • Section 1 Know elements of counselling theories
  • Section 2 Know the significance of counselling theories

UNIT 3 – Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills

  • Section 1 Know how an ethical framework relates to the use of counselling skills
  • Section 2 Know what discrimination means
  • Section 3 Understand about anti-discriminatory practice

UNIT 4 – Counselling skills and personal development

  • Section 1 Know how to develop self-understanding
  • Section 2 Know personal qualities relevant to the helping roles
  • Section 3 Know how to meet own support needs
  • Section 4 Know how self-reflection contributes to personal development

Assessment Methods

Assessments are due at the end of each unit. Your tutor will assess your work and build up your portfolio of evidence of learning. A certificate will be awarded on satisfactory submission of evidence of learning for the units studied.

Progression Options

BTC provides a range of professional qualifications which can be achieved at different stages throughout your career, and at varying levels, providing clear progression routes.


See the progression routes available:

Course Summary

Course Title Counselling Skills Distance Learning Level 2
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An administration fee will be incurred if you withdraw from the

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‘From the outset, I have been immensely impressed with the Distance Learning team and the College as a provider. From the application process and telephone interview, the process has been extremely smooth and professional. Learning resources were provided very promptly and my tutor made contact quickly to provide me with details of how to get in touch for support’

– Chris, Understanding Mental Health Level 2 Distance Learning

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