CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills


Course Description

The course is certificated by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) in line with the Qualifications and Credit Framework.


The course runs for a full academic year, one 3 hour session per week. Class time is made up of small and large group discussions, skills practice and tutor input.


Weekly sessions in class will cover the further development of counselling skills; some theory (Carl Rogers and Gerard Egan) practical skills development in role play.

Course Structure

The course will concentrate on developing students’ counselling skills and will follow seven units of study which are based on the process in the CPCAB model:

  • Use counselling skills ethically and safely
  • Manage helping interaction
  • Communicate empathetic understanding
  • Manage an active listening space
  • Use self-awareness to facilitate helping work
  • Use counselling skills in a consistent and logical way
  • Use study skills to help manage learning


Each unit has a learning outcome and assessment criteria which needs to be met in order for candidates to successfully complete the course.


To evidence learning and the criteria, students are required to produce a weekly journal; at least one self-review; an audio tape of skills practice plus a written evaluation; a 10 minute presentation to the class following a visit to a counselling service or agency and a written evaluation; feedback on skills practice sessions and to complete an External Assessment set by the exam board.


To pass the course both portfolio work and the external Assessment need to be marked as ‘proficient’

Entry Requirements

Students will need the CPCAB Level 2 Introduction to Counselling Skills, or equivalent. Students need to be aware of the written assessment element of the course and be at least 18 years of age.

Course Progression Routes

Students may progress on to CPCAB’s Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies if completion of this course is successful.

Course Career Prospects

The course provides many students with the necessary counselling skills to enhance their current posts. It is also part of the progression towards qualification as a professional counsellor.


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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.

Specific Course Information Contact

Academy of Wellbeing Academic Administration, 01302 553716

How to Apply

Download Application Form

To apply for this course, click here to download an application form. Completed forms should be returned to Centralised Admissions, Student Services, Doncaster College, FREEPOST RRBE CXT2 ZTGA, The Hub, Chappell Drive, Doncaster, DN1 2RF.


After returning the form, you will be asked to attend an interview.

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