Counselling - Introduction to Counselling Skills - Level 2
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 2 Hele Road Centre *Please see below *Please see below *Please see below 9.00-16.30 (Lunch Break 12.30-13.00) £199.00 None

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

This Level 2 course is designed for those who want to gain a first qualification in counselling.  It is useful to those interested in improving their workplace skills, and is a first step qualification for those interested in training to become professional counsellors.  For those not yet ready for an accredited qualification or for those who would like to find out what it’s all about,  we offer our one -day 'Taster' in Counselling Skills - click here to find out more

This course provides two credits at Level 2 and is designed for those who want to experience the skills of basic counselling.

This course will be run over the following dates:-

Saturdays       - 15th September 2018 to 29th September 2018
Tuesday (eve) – 25th September 2018 to 6th November 5.30pm-9.00pm
Saturdays     - 2nd February 2018 to 16th February 2019
Saturdays     - 2nd March 2019 to 16th March 2019
Saturdays     - 6th June 2019 to 20th June 2019

Please click here to view the counselling booklet.

Unfortunately you cannot pay by instalments for this course.

Working group sizes and learning methods will vary. The latter will include discussions, experiential exercises, practising skills and some written exercises. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning with the tutor's support and guidance. You will be expected to demonstrate practical skills which will be observed and assessed by the tutor. You will also be expected to complete a personal journal after each training day which will be assessed by the tutor. Support and guidance will be available.

What topics will I study?

The course looks at some theory underpinning the skills of counselling and involves the completion of a written assignment. This qualification is as useful for those working with people as it is for those considering a career in counselling.

What are the entry requirements?

All abilities welcome (good general English skills required, e.g. a good pass in GCSE English Language). You could attend the Counselling Skills - a Taster course to find out more about Counselling prior to studying counselling courses at Exeter College.

What facilities are there?

Learners will be given a college ID badge and have access to all college facilities, including learning centres and computers. 

What can the course lead on to?

Students can enrol on the NCFE Award in Counselling Skills and Theory - Level 3 course and then onto the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: Level 4 (Year 1) both here at Exeter College, after which you can practise as a counsellor.

Are there any additional costs?

None. Unfortunately you cannot pay by instalments for this course.


It is important that you apply and pay for your course at least one week before the course starts to ensure that you will have access to all the facilities and resources in your first week.
Please be aware that there are no car parking facilities at Exeter College city centre sites, but public car parks are available across the city.

College Prospectus

You can progress step by step through a series of Counselling programmes here at Exeter College, to become a fully qualified professional counsellor on completion of our Level 4  Diploma

All are welcome to try our introductory Counselling Skills Taster course: no experience or  prior qualifications are required. Entry requirements for the higher level courses are set out in our detailed course information. 

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