Course Aims

  • To give an in-depth exploration of counselling skills and theories
  • To explore and develop understanding of different counselling modalities, including Humanistic philosophy, CBT and Psychodynamic
  • To develop student understanding of grief, risk, power and the therapeutic relationship
  • To explore difference and diversity including gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disability
  • To develop awareness and understanding of professional issues, including professional associations, ethics and the law, working ethically online, NICE guidelines and IAPT
  • To develop and improve own learning with a study skills module, including academic referencing and writing, process journal writing and portfolio construction


  • 26 weeks

*168 guided learning hours (including self-study)


This is a vocational course, therefore a minimum of 80% attendance is expected and contributes towards a pass mark and a portfolio submission consisting of:

  • 4 written assignments (one of which can be a video, PowerPoint presentation or an essay)
  • Process journal – to be recorded on a weekly basis throughout the course

Progression Routes

  • Level 4 – Providers who accept Level 3 in Counselling or equivalent (usually subject to application and interview) *some may require an accredited course

SCPTI – Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute – UKCP accredited (various)

Grimsby Institute – Foundation Diploma Award followed by Degree level

These learning providers welcome applicants from Focus Counselling *subject to application and interview *correct as at November 2022


  • £650

*Payment plan available – £150 deposit to secure your place followed by 5 monthly payments of £100

Entry Requirements

  • Level 2 certificate/award in Counselling – copy of certificate to be provided (unless completed with Focus – evidence will already be on file)

Upcoming Dates

  • Next date TBC

Tuesdays 5.30pm-8.30pm online and in person (approximately 50% of each)

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I really enjoyed the build up of information each week that we used in our skills sessions. I also liked stepping out of my comfort zone. Thank you!

Focus Student
I really enjoyed the course. I was made to feel relaxed and I found the handouts useful.
Focus Student
The tutor was very relaxed, engaging and friendly. She encouraged discussion and questions which I found really useful.
Focus Student

Get in Touch

If you have any queries about Focus Counselling Services or would like to find out more about the services we offer, please do get in touch.

01482 891564