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 Ltd 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 14 trainees. The trainers’ experience over the years is that smalerl groups bring out the best in trainees whereas in larger groups many trainees often get lost and find it difficult to find their voice.

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This course has been delivered in a way that has been so beneficial to my journey to becoming a counsellor.

The tutors provide a comfortable and safe place to learn and thrive.

Would passionately recommend the course.


I really enjoyed the course.

Su and Graham made it interesting and fun and are great teachers, they are kind and understanding and very supportive.

I learnt some really useful skills which have really helped me and I will continue to use these.

Thank you.  


This is an excellent first step in learning basic counselling/listening skills and self awareness.

Graham and Su are both inspiring and supportive and they create a safe learning environment.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and look forward to level 3. 


Both Graham and Su are lovely people who have such a strong passion and knowledge for their job. Them being a couple brings so much laughter and connection within the group and creates an almost family type environment whilst in class.

They have both worked extremely hard throughout my learning with them and despite opening a new business and uncertain times this year; have always been available on email to lend a hand if I am unsure about anything.

They are extremely caring and offer great support both inside and outside of the course.


I thought it was a good blend between structured presentations and more open-ended discussions.

We covered a lot of ground in a short space of time. I think you both did a fantastic job at translating it into an online course – facilitating break out rooms etc.

The idea to have social space for us before and after the course is brilliant.

Thank you both for everything!


uuuEntry 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: Thursday evening of each week of the course from 4pm-9pm

Start date: Thursday, March 7th 2024

End date: Thursday, July 11th 2024

There will be an additional 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 must complete a CPCAB online external review paper assessment in their own time and have a week to complete and return the paper to the tutor/s 

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
10/12 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


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

Course & CPCAB Registration Fees


Including CPCAB  registration fee of £193

Payment Options

Option 1

£293 deposit. (Deposits are non-refundable)

The balance of £600 is to be made at the start of the course

Option 2

£293 deposit. (Deposits are non-refundable)

The balance of £600  spread over 4 equal payments of £150 through the life of the course


The deposit for the course is to be made on acceptance to the course.

Apply now by downloading an Application Form

It’s a good course to figure yourself out as a person and to learn more about yourself and the basics of counselling skills.  Both tutors are so down to earth – Su and Graham are good at explaining things clearly and they both understood and supported me. 


I really enjoyed witnessing my development and my peers’ development.


Your professionalism and kindness made the classes something to look forward to each week, the whole course, all I learnt about counselling and myself, also the team you helped us to become exceeded my expectations.


I particularly enjoyed the self exploration, the enjoyment from studying and building of self-confidence as well as the satisfaction I gained from achievement study tasks, and the expansion of my mind as a result of giving myself a focus.


Graham & Su are a pleasure to work with and I have really enjoyed the course.  The dynamic between them both really works and they are both really inspiring and knowledgeable.

They are honest and open and bring a lovely humour to the sessions which I really enjoy 🙂 


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

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