Counselling - Introduction

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Course code: AN1920C

This course provides a basic introduction to counselling, to prepare learners wishing to progress on to the Level 2 Counselling Skills course, or for learners simply wishing to gain a better understanding of counselling skills.

When and where


From 17 Apr 2023 to 03 Jul 2023
Mon 10:00-12:15

10 weeks

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17 Apr 2023

10:00 to 12:15

24 Apr 2023

10:00 to 12:15

08 May 2023

10:00 to 12:15

15 May 2023

10:00 to 12:15

22 May 2023

10:00 to 12:15

05 Jun 2023

10:00 to 12:15

12 Jun 2023

10:00 to 12:15

19 Jun 2023

10:00 to 12:15

26 Jun 2023

10:00 to 12:15

03 Jul 2023

10:00 to 12:15


Bournemouth Indoor Bowls Centre 

Kings Park Drive


Fees and concessions

The fee for this course is £85.00.

The full (undiscounted) tuition fee for this course is £85.00, the concession rate is Free. concessions free

What the course is about

<p>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&#039;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.</p>

<p>A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions, Q&A, internet research, individual research and project work. Where relevant, your learning will enable you to develop skills and knowledge required for work.</p>

<p>Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skill.</p>

<p>Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. This will include assessing your current skills and planning learning activities related to your subject that are designed to develop your skills in these areas.</p>

<p>If you have declared at enrolment that you are unemployed, you may be invited to meet with an Information, Advice and Guidance Officer or employability member of staff, to identify other learning opportunities that will support you to secure employment or improve your employment prospects. We highly recommend that you engage fully in any other learning opportunities that we help you identify.</p>

Pre-course information session or interview

<p>An application process is applicable to this course.</p>

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

<p>You will negotiate an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop, which will be reviewed at regular intervals.</p>

<p>There is no qualification attached to this course.</p>

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

<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.</p>

<p>We have designed this course to support you with the initial skills for the health and social care sector. This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion. Please be aware that the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities. If your tutor does not feel that the course is right for you during the first weeks of the course they will advise you and discuss deferring the course until a future date.</p>

<p>You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website <a href=""></a>.</p>

<p>There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required.  English language skills at Level 1 is required. You may be asked to complete an online assessment in English (and maths if applicable) prior to submitting a course application or as part of an Admission Session.</p>

Materials and costs

<p>All learning materials will be provided.</p>

<p>Please bring along a pen and notebook to each session.</p>

<p><strong>Course costs for Entry, Level 1 and Level 2 courses</strong>.</p>

<p>For information regarding any <strong>funding</strong> for this course please <strong>please refer to</strong> the Finance page on our website <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>

<p><strong>PLEASE NOTE- </strong> anything provided is on loan to you and must be returned at the end of the course. If it is not returned you will be invoiced for the full cost of a replacement.</p>

Next Step

<p>As a pathway option after completing the Introduction to Counselling course, Skills and Learning also offer Counselling Skills Level 2 and Level 3, plus we offer the two year Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Course.</p>

<p>Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers.</p>

<p>There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work.</p>

<p>There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year.</p>

<p>Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education.</p>

<p>Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training.</p>

<p>Please visit our website <a href=""></a> for more details.</p>

<p>Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service <a href=""></a>.</p>

<p>For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.</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> some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from the 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 and you will not be eligible to a refund it its 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 may be required to do some 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. Some courses will have learners of different levels being taught in the same class with differentiated learning materials and activities appropriate to the qualification level.<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>