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Counselling Studies Certificate CPCAB Level 3

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Canterbury Adult Education Centre, Canterbury
Level 3
09:30 - 12:30
33 weeks

This course has started, but it may still be possible to join it. Please call 03000 41 22 22* and ask to be put through to the Centre where the course is running

This course will be Canterbury centre, but should the Government impose restrictions we would revert to online, which has been very successful so far. The course builds on the Certificate in Counselling Skills, and students will study more of the main theoretical approaches to therapeutic counselling. You will learn how to take the next step in training to become a counsellor and discover more around counselling theory and agency work.
See the link below which will take you to a video to explain various elements of the Counselling courses with KAE:

As in all counselling courses, a large element of the work is based on practical learning and observation in skills practice and involves a real commitment to personal development and self-awareness; often the course continues to provide students with a life-changing experience.

Our Level 3 Counselling Studies Certificate CPCAB course:
• Enhances your theoretical understanding of counselling and continues to help you develop the skills and attitudes required to practice these diverse approaches.
• Encourages deep personal growth of self-awareness understanding.
• Enhances your ability to understand others and develops your ability to extend and appreciate the use of empathy in the therapeutic relationship.
• Enhances your ability to work effectively with equality and diversity, and work on your own prejudices.
• Further develops comprehensive research and reading and presentation skills within the group setting.

To be eligible for this course, you will need to have completed and be successful in obtaining Counselling Skills CPCAB Certificate Level 2. See More Details tab for how to apply instructions.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Hilary McNair

Hilary’s passion for counselling has led her to qualify in this subject at honours degree level. Her ten plus years of counselling experience has included building up a private practice where she sees individuals and couples for a wide variety of issues and has previously worked with women affected by domestic abuse. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and is also qualified to counsel children and young people. Hilary holds a diploma in Counselling Supervision, which she draws upon to supervise other practising counsellors.

Her approach is integrative and relational. She has a special interest in gestalt theory, working with PTSD and in working with spirituality in the counselling room. You can find out more about her work here: Hilary has over 30 years of teaching experience in a mixture of primary and adult education. She holds an honours degree in Education. She passionately enjoys creatively planning and delivering courses and has done this for a variety of organisations. She endeavours to make the
delivery as experiential and exciting as possible. Her love of coming alongside people in their personal development is a highly motivating factor in both her counselling and her teaching. She sees relationship as being at the heart of both aspects of her work.

View all courses taught by Hilary McNair here

How will I be taught?

This course will involve full student participation and deep self-reflection. There will be personal and sensitive discussions in small and large groups, group activities, role plays and pair or triad (groups of three) work followed by observer feedback. Assessment will be by learning statement/journal and the observation of practical skills demonstrated during the course. You will also be asked to complete an assignment and/or research project/presentation. There is also an external exam set by CPCAB which is usually taken at the end of the course.
You will need to attend 90% of the course to pass this level.

What do I need to bring with me?

A4 Ring binder with dividers, notebook and pen. Laptop with Word and a camera. You will be provided with a Student Book if you didn't study Level 2 with us previously.

What can I do next?

When the Counselling Skills Certificate CPCAB Level 2 (CSK-L2) and Counselling Studies Certificate CPCAB Level 3 (CST-L3), or their equivalents, have been achieved, you may progress to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, which qualifies you to be a Counsellor in an agency or set up a private practice. Details of the Level 4 course can be found on We offer the CPCAB L4 Diploma over 2 years. Ask your tutor for details or visit

What do I need to join the course

If you are NOT one of KAE's progressing Level 2 students, you will need to complete an online application form available at this link -

Following submission of your application, you will also need to make arrangements to complete the online literacy assessment at this link - This checks your suitability for the course and helps identify any additional support required.

You will then need to book an interview slot by calling 03000 414025. The interview involves a frank and open discussion with a Counselling tutor about your personal readiness, the content and level of the course which then ensures that you understand the personal, educational and financial commitments.,

If you are an existing Counselling Skills Level 2 (CSK-L2) student with Kent Adult Education, your tutor will make a recommendation as to whether you are ready to progress to Level 3 at the end of your Level 2 course. If you are approved you will be given evidence of this so you can enrol without going through the application process. You will be given a password by your tutor.

This course is for applicants who want to take the next step in training to become a Counsellor. You will learn more about counselling theory and agency work. You will need to have successfully completed the CPCAB Counselling Skills Certificate Level 2 (CSK-L2) course or equivalent units/qualifications of at least 75 guided learning hours., , To be successful in all aspects of this course, it is recommended that you don't enrol if you have undergone a life-changing experience during the last 12 months as there is a high expectation for personal self-reflection on past life experiences.

Getting to your course

Find us

Canterbury Adult Education Centre
Canterbury High School
Knight Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code CAN/106646/K/NC.