Counselling: Are you ready to listen?

This course requires you to follow an application process.

Registered before?  sign in to start an application

Not registered yet?  sign up    start your application here  

Course code: AN1059F

This course provides a basic introduction to counselling skills. It is strongly recommended that you complete this course if you are considering applying for Level 2 Counselling Skills.

When and where


From 15 Apr 2024 to 10 Jun 2024
Mon 09:30-13:00

7 weeks

  Show timetable

  Hide timetable

15 Apr 2024

09:30 to 13:00

22 Apr 2024

09:30 to 13:00

29 Apr 2024

09:30 to 13:00

13 May 2024

09:30 to 13:00

20 May 2024

09:30 to 13:00

03 Jun 2024

09:30 to 13:00

10 Jun 2024

09:30 to 13:00


King's Park Leisure & Learning Centre 

Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Centre, Kings Park Drive



Fees and concessions

The fee for this course is £75.00.

The full (undiscounted) tuition fee for this course is £75.00, the concession rate is Free.  (concessions free)


Skills & Learning Adult Community Education

01202 123444

What the course is about

<p>This is a good starting point if you want to develop skills for job roles helping adults and for those taking their first steps in developing counselling skills. You will develop a range of skills, personal qualities and attitudes essential in the use of counselling skills.</p>

<p>The course will cover:</p>

<li>Work within the limitations of the helping role</li>
<li>Establish boundaries for helping work</li>
<li>Communicate empathic understanding</li>
<li>Focus on the client’s agenda</li>
<li>Understand the importance of self-awareness in helping work</li>
<li>Use listening and responding skills</li>
<li>Use review and feedback to develop initial counselling skills</li>

<p>This course will improve your acquisition of skills for personal satisfaction, training, employment or self employment. This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.</p>

Pre-course information session or interview

<p>There is no admission session for this course. Please apply via the website. </p>

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

<p>There is no qualification or examination attached to this course. This course is an introductory course and is strongly advised if you are considering applying for Level 2 Counselling Skills. </p>

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

<p>Your tutor will work with you to develop and review your progress throughout the course. This course is not appropriate for people with emotional distress.</p>

Materials and costs

<p>You will need a pen and paper plus a folder to keep your work in. If you are applying for an online course, you will need access to a laptop and access to Microsoft Teams. </p>

Next Step

<p>You may wish to consider the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills to further develop your knowledge and skills. Alternatively you may wish to consider Mental Health Awareness courses. Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.</p>

Additional information

<p><strong>English, maths and computing skills:</strong> all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.<br />
<strong>Refunds:</strong> please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website <a href=""></a> or in our brochure.<br />
<strong>Attendance:</strong> before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.<br />
<strong>Places on courses:</strong> many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.<br />
<strong>Fully funded learners:</strong> if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.<br />
<strong>Home study:</strong> you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.<br />
<strong>Qualification Levels:</strong> there is further information about qualification levels on our website.<br />
<strong>Proof of identity:</strong> please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.<br />
<strong>Off-site activities:</strong> with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.<br />
<strong>Parking at centres:</strong> parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website <a href=""></a>.<br />
<strong>Refreshments:</strong> tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website <a href=""></a>.<br />
<strong>Unspent Criminal Convictions</strong> we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to <a href=""></a>.<br />
If you have any <strong>accessibility or disability issues</strong> that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail <a href=""></a>. All enquiries are treated in confidence.</p>