Counselling Skills – A Taster

Counselling Skills – A Taster

This course provides a first exploration of Counselling Skills and their use.

  • Course Type Adult - Professional
  • Subject Area Counselling
  • Qualification N/A
  • Study Mode: Part Time Only
  • Course Level Beginners
  • Location Hele Road Centre
  • Course Length 1 Day
  • Start Date Various (please see below)
  • End Date Various (please see below)
  • Day Saturday
  • Times 9.30-15.30
  • Fee £46
  • Reduced Fee £19

This course provides a first exploration of Counselling Skills and their use.

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 – 

Saturday 05-Oct-19 05-Oct-19 09:30 – 15:30 Hele Road Centre
Saturday 09-May-20 09-May-20 09:30 – 15:30 Hele Road Centre

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

Next steps: 

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:

  • Introduction to Counselling – Level 2 (3 day course accredited by OCNSW)
  • NCFE Award in Counselling – Level 3 (12 week course accredited by NCFE – 80 hours: 12 credits)
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – Level 4 (2 year course accredited by ABC – 406 hours: 62 QCF credits)
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.


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.

Additional Costs

None specified.

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