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Counselling Studies Certificate CPCAB Level 3

Day of week:
Tonbridge Adult Education Centre, Tonbridge
Level 3
09:30 - 15:30
16 weeks

This course will be taught in the Tonbridge Centre,

You will further develop your 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. Or an equivalent level 2 course where you have completed 90 classroom hours with counselling skills practice with your peers included. Please note this is a very condensed course, therefore the prior learning will be very important and your ability to manage this format will be assessed carefully.

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 weekly learning journal and the observation of practical skills demonstrated during the course. You will also be asked to complete assignments and/or research project/presentations. There is also an external exam set by CPCAB which is usually taken at the end of the course. You will need to commit to at least 4-5 hour of self-directed learning each week.

You must attend regularly (90%), take part in small group activities, be willing to share personal stories, complete a portfolio of evidence and undertake an externally assessed exam. You will have tutorials to discuss your learning and developmental needs. You will require a high level of commitment and at least 4-5 hours of self-directed learning is essential.

What do I need to bring with me?

A4 Ring binder with dividers, notebook and pen. You will be provided with a Student Book if you didn't study Level 2 with us previously - the cost is included in the course fees.

What can I do next?

Upon completion of CPCAB Counselling Studies Certificate CPCAB Level 3 (CST-L3) 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

Access to a computer / laptop / iPad with internet connection to attend classes via Zoom if needed.

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 412222. The interview involves an informal and honest 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 or a password so you can enrol without going through the application process.

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.

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help fund this course. However, there will be a separate fee to pay direct to Adult Education which is not covered by the loan. Please ask for further information.

Getting to your course

Find us

Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
Avebury Avenue

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TON/119367/M/AF.