Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2)

About the Course

The course has been designed around the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers.

The course provides students with the knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles. It is particularly suitable for those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor or for those who want to develop counselling skills for use in other professional or helping roles. It is also for those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development.

Gaining the knowledge and use of counselling skills could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g. health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work and other helping roles. Developing the ability to use counselling skills provides additional skills for those already in employment which may lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement.

South Coast Wellbeing and Training is committed to providing individual and intensive counselling training at all levels of qualification. To achieve this, the group size is kept to between 8 and a maximum of 12 trainees. The trainers’ experience over the years is that small groups bring out the best in trainees whereas in larger groups many trainees often get lost and find it difficult to find their voice.

1ddWednesday dThe course is an 18 week course from Septemeber 2020 until 2021.

fwill1Entry Requirements

No previous training or experience is required to undertake this qualification; you do not have to have completed Level 1 in Counselling Skills training to apply for this course. There is an 18 years minimum age requirement and you will be expected to show:

  • An ability to cope with course content
  • A degree of emotional maturity and stability
  • A degree of self -awareness and with an ability to benefit from self-development
  • Be motivated towards developing as a helper
  • Have some awareness of equality and difference and diversity


Course duration: 18 Weeks

Attendance : Wednesday evening of each week of the course From 4pm-9pm

Start date:  Wednesday September 17th 2020

End date:   Wednesday February 10th 2021

There will be an additional two online Saturday workshop TBA arranged from 10am-4pm

Credit value of the course: 17 credits.

There are 90 guided learning hours on the course.

Course Details

A student’s day will involve tutor contact in a combination of the theory that underpins counselling skills, personal development and practice-based counselling skills work.

 Learning is organised around tutor input, experiential exercises, and with a set period on each session for students to develop their ability to offer effective counselling skills in a range of contexts and relationships.

 The focus of learning on the course is to develop the knowledge, understanding, and practical use of counselling skills.

 Teaching on the course is through:

  • A formal tutor input intended to develop knowledge about counselling skills and related topics followed by examination of its effects upon the student.
  • By experiential work designed to raise understanding of counselling skills and related topics.
  • Counselling skills practice for new learning and the development of existing skills.

Learning Outcomes

Through developing knowledge, and understanding of counselling skills, and the ability to use counselling skills students will be able to:

  • Use counselling skills ethically and safely
  • Establish and sustain the boundaries of the helping role
  • Work empathically as a helper
  • Focus on the helpee’s needs and concerns
  • Use self-awareness in helping
  • Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction
  • Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills

Assessment and Progression

To achieve the qualification, candidates must be assessed as Proficient in all 7 learning outcomes and must be assessed as Proficient in both internal and external assessment.

Internal Assessment:

Tutor assessment of the evidencing of the above assessment criteria in candidates’ Learning Record.

 External Assessment:

Candidates watch a 15-minute CPCAB DVD of a ‘helping’ session and complete a 1-hour Candidate Feedback Paper in relation to the DVD. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment.

 Successful candidates from the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) will be eligible to progress on to the level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3).


South Coast Wellbeing and Training
10 The Broadway
Hampden Park
BN22 20S


There is a formal individual interview for this course. The interview will be with one of the course tutors and will focus on the written application form you must submit before an interview can be offered.

Fees and Payment Options


L2 – Level 2 Certificate in Counselling (CSK-L2)

Tuition & Resources Fees

£769.00  including initial CPCAB registration fee

CPCAB Registration Fee


Total Course Fee


Payment Options

£163 Deposit

The balance of £606 to be made at the start of the course, or spread over 4 equal payments of £151.50 in the life of the course.


The deposit for the course is to be made one month before the course starts. 


Apply now by downloading an Application Form

10 The Broadway, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 0AS

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