Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)

About the Course
The course has been designed around the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers.
This qualification is intended for candidates who have already acquired a recognised qualification in counselling skills and want to:

  • Take the next step in training to become a counsellor
  • Learn more about counselling theory, ethics and mental health
  • Be prepared for work as a professional counsellor in an agency setting

This qualification does not lead to employment. It is designed as a pre-practitioner training for professional counselling qualifications, but it could also lead to employment in a related field.

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.

 Entry Requirements

 You must have undertaken counselling skills training, e.g. the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent units/qualifications of at least 75 Guided Learning Hours.


 Course Details

 The programme is designed to last for 18 weeks from August  2020 until November 2020.

 The course will run on Thursday evening of each week of the course

From 4.15pm-9.15pm

 Start date: Thursday 6th of August 2020

 There will be one Saturday workshop TBA arranged from 10am-4pm

 Credit value of the course: 20 credits

 There are 90 guided learning hours on the course.

 Experiential work is central to learning on the course in which students contribute significantly to each other’s learning. These factors require students to spend the maximum amount of time learning with and from each other and make a high level of attendance necessary. The overall attendance requirement is 85%.

 A student’s day will involve tutor contact in a combination of theory in relation to counselling practice, engagement with peers in a tutor facilitated personal development group, and practice-based work. Learning is organised around tutor input, experiential exercises, and with a set period on each session for counselling practice.

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

 Learning 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 practice for new learning and the development of existing skills.


 Learning Outcomes

Through developing knowledge, and understanding of counselling theory and practice students will be able to:

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework for counselling
  • Understand the counselling relationship
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding
  • Work within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health
  • Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies


 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 20 minutes CPCAB DVD of a ‘counselling’ session and complete a 1¼ hour Candidate Feedback Paper in relation to the DVD. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment.

 Successful candidates from the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3) will be eligible to progress on to The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4).



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.



ThIs  qualification is eligible in England for Advanced Learner Loans (19+).

 Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).

 For more details about funding go to the CPCAB website-www.cpcab.co.uk/qualifications/cst-l3 


 Fees and Payment Options



Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)

Tuition & Resources Fees

£769.00 per year including initial CPCAB registration fee

CPCAB Registration Fee

£169.00 per year

Total Course Fee


Payment Options

£229 deposit.

The balance of £540 to be made at the start of the course, or to be spread over 4 equal monthly payments of £135.


Payment is to be made once the interview process is complete and you are offered a place on the course.


Apply now by downloading an Application Form

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

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