Counselling CPCAB Level 2 Certificate

The CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF) is designed to
provide opportunities for those who may use counselling skills when working with others to achieve a nationally-recognised, Level 2, vocationally-specific qualification. This level will provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to embark on the professional qualification pathway through level 3 and on to the full two year Diploma

Course Content

The CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills is made up of seven learning outcomes and associated assessment criteria.

1. Use counselling skills ethically and safely
2. Establish and sustain the boundaries of the helping role
3. Work empathically as a helper
4. Focus on their needs and concerns
5. Use self-awareness in helping work
6. Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction
7. Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills

Entry Requirements

You will be interviewed by course tutors and undertake a piece of free writing. If you have Level 2 Literacy or GCSE English, please bring your certificate to the interview. If you do not, then you will need to take the online assessment in the Learning Centre prior to the interview. This is a personally demanding qualification, and applicants should ensure that they are not experiencing mental health difficulties when they apply. This does not preclude people with previous mental health difficulties from undertaking the course (in fact, people with past experience of mental health difficulties often make very good counsellors), but you should ensure that you are mentally well when you apply. If you become unwell during the course, our tutors may meet with you to discuss if you are well enough to continue, or whether a break in learning is required. Please see the Fitness to Study Policy.

First Class Requirements

Folder, file dividers, plastic wallets, pens and paper

Attendance Requirements

You must commit to attending all classes. If you miss a session this will disrupt the group process which is crucial to the course.

Assessment Methods

During the course you will put together a portfolio of evidence. The majority of the evidence for your portfolio will be assignment based. Your assignment work will be assessed by your tutor. Some assessment is based on how you as a learner are able to work independently and within a group setting. In addition, you will complete reflective learning statements throughout the duration of the course.

Towards the end of the course you will undertake an exam. This is a written paper that you complete after watching a CPCAB DVD under exam conditions. This paper is assessed by CPCAB.

To gain the full certificate you must meet all the assessment criteria; pass the exam and achieve the 7 Learning Outcomes:

Further Study Options

You will be interviewed by course tutors to determine whether you are personally ready and able to progress to Level 3. Both your personal development and your academic achievement will be taken into account in making this decision.

Additional Information

If your chosen course is an evening class there will be a number of Saturday sessions. These dates will be confirmed by your tutor.