L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Our L2 course is designed for anyone who has an interest in counselling or would like to improve their self-awareness around communication or wants to be able to understand their teams better in a work environment. This course helps you to develop knowledge and skills around counselling, and through study of some of counselling theory, elements of some theoretical approaches encourage you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and the people around you.

This qualification is intended for candidates who want to become competent in the use of counselling skills to help others, either in a voluntary or an employed situation. It is also for those who would like to take the first step in training to be a counsellor. This course will not teach you to be a counsellor but will prepare you for the next level of practitioner training.


CSK-L2 is regulated by the Office of the Qualifications & Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and is on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)

Qualification/learning aim number: 500/7938/4

Guided Learning Hours: 90 hours (minimum)

Total Qualification Time: 170 hours

Credit value: 17

What qualifications will I achieve?

1 mandatory unit: A/600/8448 Counselling Skills

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification leads on to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CST-L3), it can also aid managers and team leaders to be better communicators. This in turn can help with relationships and communication skills in general.

Entry requirements

Minimum age 18 years

No previous training or experience is required, although the following criteria will be considered:

  • Able to cope with course content
  • Ability to translate intra-personal experience into language
  • Able to benefit from self development
  • Be motivated towards developing as a helper
  • Emotional stability
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • References
  • Awareness of difference and diversity

This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty or severe psychological confusion as the course involves some personal disclosure and associated personal development activities.

How will I be assessed?

Your qualification is split into two sections. You will build a portfolio of evidence throughout the course covering the required criteria and sit an external exam. Portfolio evidence will be collated from written work, assignments, skills observations by tutors and peers. The external exam is made up of 6 questions answered in a written format. It is done over a week in an ‘open book’ format.

Course activities

  • Workshops
  • Seminars
  • Personal development workshops
  • Training group work
  • Projects and Presentations
  • Review of skills and understanding
  • Review of learning

All classes are predominantly taught face to face at our centre in Hockley Heath (Near Solihull / Shirley) with an occasional zoom classroom session to experience the differences working online.

How long will this course last?

20 weeks (Adhering to Solihull term dates)

Current courses start dates:

Sept 2024

Tuesday 3rd Sept 2024 – 10am – 3pm

Tuesday 3rd Sept 2024 – 4.30pm – 9.30pm

Feb 2025

Tuesday 25th Feb 2025 – 10am – 3pm

Tuesday 25th Fab 2025 – 4.30-9.30pm

If you are interested, please complete the application form below and pop yourself in for interview using the link that will be shown upon application submission.

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2024 / 2025 Academic Year Fees (All fees are payable in full and non-refundable)

Registration fee: £190 – This will be required as a deposit upon application, can be paid by card / BACS.

Course fee: £650 – This can be paid in 5 instalments of £130.

All course fees must be paid before certification and results are released.