Course Details

  • The level 3 Fast-Track is an exciting, intensive course, which is a very rewarding way to gain a vital qualification.

    The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills is the essential foundation qualification you need to enable you to gain entry onto a professional counsellor-training course.

    On this course, you will build a robust base of knowledge of counselling theories on the development of personality, using counselling skills, ethical, professional and legal issues, and personal development.

    The level 3 course is also known as a stage 2 course in that it is essential preparation for professional training.

  • To be eligible for this course, you will need to have previously completed a Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts, or be suitably qualified in a related subject.

    Or, candidates with exceptional experience in other professional roles are also strongly encouraged to apply and we welcome applications from colleagues in related fields who currently work in helping relationships. We welcome, for example, applications from colleagues in the NHS, who will have had training and CPD in communication skills and active listening skills with patients; or you may work in education, social care, social work, or a specialist voluntary sector agency. And many people access the course via this pathway.

    We’ll also invite you for an interview to discuss your suitability in more depth.

    However, keep in mind that this is a relatively intensive, short course and so we are keen to enrol learners who are fully committed to achieving their level 3 qualification within the time-frame we offer.

  • There is a varied range of assessment methods including assignments, practical observations, reflective writing, and presentations

  • Once you have completed this course, you’ll have the qualifications and understanding needed to progress onto a higher level diploma in counselling, with us here at The Manchester College, such as a Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which has the distinction of being a BACP-accredited course.

    This certificate helps you establish important steps as a trainee professional counsellor and you can use it to advance your career in a number of disciplines in the health and care industry, including services that work with people with substance misuse and drug rehabilitation, bereavement support, childcare or community services.

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  • The current fees for this Level 3 course are £1,260.00

    There’s lots of help available to make sure you can afford college, including a number of different funding options, tuition fee loans, bursaries and special grants. We’ve put all the information together to make it easier to understand and find what support you can get on our dedicated finance page.

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    We also have an outstanding infrastructure in the college to support your studies including an exceptionally high quality resources in our library with a huge range of counselling books and journals, and electronic resources too. Your tutors are all experienced counsellors and teachers, who are continually developing their expertise as therapists in a range of settings and in private practice.

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  • If you’re struggling to decide whether this course is for you, just ask us.

    Our course enquiry team are more than happy to any questions you might have, big or small! They can help you understand the course, the application and enrolment process, finance queries, and all the career opportunities surrounding this subject!

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