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Whether you want to be a qualified counsellor or would like to develop your counselling skills to compliment your current job then our courses are perfect.

We have a clear pathway from introductory courses to take you all the way through the Level 3 Diploma. And you can start where you are ready – our support team will work with you to design a pathway.

Developing effective counselling skills can be beneficial for a range of professions and careers. They not only help to build trust and establish rapport but they also promote active listening to ensure that people feel heard and understood. We can advise you on the right path to take, so if you want to gain the skills to be an effective listener in your current role, or you want to become qualified in the use of counselling skills and apply to Higher Education, we have a course that can help. 

Sabrina Halton Tutor, Society, Health and Development

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Do you know? The average wage for fully qualified Counsellors is £22,600

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Student stories

“Being a full-time mum has been amazing - now is the time to focus on what I want to do.” - Julie

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The counselling course content was marvellous. It touched every area and I believe was integral in me becoming a success at counselling.

After completing the short course in Counselling Therapy, I was inspired and motivated to pursue the level 1 and level 2 as well. Was a life changing experience.

Studying the counselling course at the Northern College has been one of the most profoundly transformative and insightful experiences of my life. It has forever changed me as a person and I view the world through new eyes now.

I am now reaping the rewards from the counselling course and look forward to continuing my studies. Thank you so very, very much for your enduring support, fantastic teaching and boundless patience! 

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