Counselling Skills - A Taster
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
Leisure Hele Road Various (please see below) Various (please see below) Saturday 9.30am-3.30pm £46 £19

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

This course provides a first exploration of Counselling Skills and their use.  Lunch break is 12.30-1.30.

This course provides a first exploration of Counselling Skills and their use.  Lunch break is 12.30-1.30.

All abilities are welcome; however there are some written exercises and students will be expected to contribute appropriately to group discussion as a part of the course. The course offers skills which are particularly useful for those who are:

  • considering training to become a counsellor
  • interested in improving their listening skills

Course dates and details

Start  End  Day / Time Duration Course Fee Reduced Fee


N/A Sat 9.30am-3.30pm 1 day £46 £19


N/A Sat 9.30am-3.30pm 1 day £46 £19


What topics will I study?

Learning methods will vary and include discussion and feedback, experiential exercises, skills practice and some written exercises.
The Learning Outcomes include:

  • To identify active listening skills
  • To recognise the value of good listening skills
  • To experience the difference between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ listening skills
  • To understand that listening skills are used in a variety of settings
  • To explore whether to apply for further counselling courses

What are the entry requirements?

No formal requirements  - but progress to further counselling courses will require good listening skills, writing skills at level 2 or above ( e.g. a good pass in GCSE English Language) and some  relevant experience. 

What facilities are there?

Learners will be given a college ID badge and have access to all college facilities, including learning centres and computers. The course takes place in a pleasant informal classroom setting. Drinks are available on a Saturday from a dispenser or a local cafe.

What can the course lead on to?

This taster course is useful for anyone who is interested in gaining an insight into further counselling training.  The courses offered within the Counselling School at Exeter College are:

Are there any additional costs?

None specified.

What do our students think?

I’ve got a much better idea what’s involved in counselling now.” 

This course was a thought proviking introduction to the skills used by counsellors, and how we can use these effectively in everyday situations. I have found the approaches used in the course helpful in my current role in mental health services."

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 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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