Course description

This course will provide a basic introduction to counselling for those who have had no previous experience of, or training in, the field of helping relationships. The course aims to enhance and improve verbal communication skills related to counselling, especially empathy and active listening skills which are necessary for helping activities. You will also develop a basic understanding of what counselling is about and the training required to become a trained counsellor.  This course would be suitable for individuals seeking a career change, undertaking voluntary work in a range of sectors and those who are thinking of training as a professional counsellor. Please note, this qualification does not qualify you to become a practising counsellor but enables you to progress onto level 3 qualifications.   

What can this course lead to?

This course could enable you to progress onto a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills programme or a Level 3 Counselling Skills Diploma. Potential future careers include support worker and victim support worker. With further study, you can also progress onto becoming a trained counsellor.   

Want to learn more?

You can find out more about Northern College and the courses on offer at one of our Open Events.


Northern College, Yorkshire

Course session dates

Session dates for 10 November 2022 - 8 December 2022

  • Thursday 10 Nov 2022 to Thursday 10 Nov 2022
  • Thursday 17 Nov 2022 to Thursday 17 Nov 2022
  • Thursday 24 Nov 2022 to Thursday 24 Nov 2022
  • Thursday 01 Dec 2022 to Thursday 01 Dec 2022
  • Thursday 08 Dec 2022 to Thursday 08 Dec 2022

Course fees and funding support


* This course is fully funded for eligible students.

If you are not eligible, there will be a cost of £80.00 plus an additional fee if you choose to stay over. The vast majority of students are eligible to study for free and we will confirm when you apply.