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CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)

About the course

On this course you will learn about the theory and ethics of counselling as well about mental health. You will further develop your listening and counselling skills for a variety of different helping roles such as in health and social care, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work.

This qualification is the next step on your way to becoming a professional counsellor and is required for progression onto the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. As on your Level 2 counselling study, you will also learn a great deal about yourself.

Who is it for?

You will already have a qualification in counselling and want to take this course in order 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
Are there any entry requirements?

You must be 19 years or older and have already gained a qualification in counselling, for example CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) or equivalent.

It's important to understand that the course includes personal reflection and development and so a certain amount of personal disclosure will be part of this. As a result, the course is not suitable if you are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or distress. This is something that we will discuss with you in the interview which is a requirement for entry to the course.

What will I do on the course?

The course is 'experiential' which means you learn by engaging in hands-on activities in pairs or groups. For example, going online to research a topic or discussing ideas in groups and then reporting back to your peers. You will also continue to practice your counselling skills in triads, taking it in turns to be the counsellor, the client and observer.

You will also engage in personal study and in addition to the class time, you will need to set aside a few hours each week for personal reflective writing as well as working on assignments.

How will I be assessed?

By the end of CST-L3, you will be able to:

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

To achieve this, you will engage in a variety of assessments to build your portfolio including observed skills work, reflection on your personal development and skills and two assignments.

What can I do after successfully completing the course?

The knowledge and skills learnt on this course will help successful candidates to work more effectively in a range of helping roles such as advice and advocacy support; care work; customer facing role; family support worker; healthcare professional; helpline operator; housing support workers; youth workers.

Completing this course does not qualify you as a counsellor but it is the next step on that route. If you want to pursue a new career as a counsellor or you want to continue developing your skills in listening and interaction, then you can go on to study the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

When will the course run?

We offer a fast-track 18-week course that will run of an evening (16:30 to 21:30), starting in September and February each year.

Courses are subject to meeting sufficient numbers for a viable group to start, a minimum of 6 students are required per course.

You will also engage in personal study and in addition to the class time, you will need to set aside a few hours each week for personal reflective writing as well as working on assignments.

Can I study face to face?

No, our courses are delivered 'live' online, using Zoom. If you haven't studied online before we think you will appreciate the flexibility it offers and will be surprised how easy it is to adapt to. You will need to have a reasonable broadband signal to fully participate in course activities.

We'd also like to reassure you that CPCAB allow Level 2 and Level 3 courses to run entirely online, via 'live' teaching.

How much does it cost?

The total cost of the course is £1,100 which includes the CPCAB registration fee and the initial deposit of £150 which holds a place for you. You can pay the fee in one single payment or, if you wish to use the instalment option, fees will be spread. There is no additional charge for spreading out your payment in instalments.

After paying the deposit, you pay the CPCAB registration fee. After that the fee will be evenly spread over four months, as follows:

September start Aug: £150 deposit Sept: £189 (CPCAB registration fee) Oct: £190.25
Nov: £190.25
Dec: £190.25
Jan: £190.25
February start Jan: £150 deposit Feb: £189 (CPCAB registration fee) Mar: £190.25
Apr: £190.25
May: £190.25
Jun: £190.25
How do I find out more information and apply?
  1. Fill in the application form by clicking here and email it back to
  2. We will email you to arrange a mutually convenient time to speak to you for an interview and to answer any questions you have about the course—this will take 20-30 minutes and we can use Zoom or telephone.
  3. If you just want to talk to us about the course before putting in an application, email us at and we will get back in touch.