Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies


Where can I study?

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Entry requirements

You must have undertaken counselling skills training, e.g. our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent units/qualifications of at least 75 Guided Learning Hours.

Read section 5 of the Specification for further information.


The qualification is eligible in England for Advanced Learner Loans (19+).

Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).

For more detail see funding information.

At a glance information

Qualification Number
Guided Learning Hours
90 hours (minimum)
Total Qualification Time
196 hours
Credit value
Minimum age
19 years


Successful learners may progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.