Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)

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At a glance information

Qualification Number 600/5104/8
Guided learning time 90 hours
Credit value 20
Minimum age 19 years


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

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The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies introduces you to the three main theoretical approaches to counselling and shows you what you can expect from working with counselling agencies.

As part of this qualification you can volunteer to work for an agency in a non-counselling capacity. Working on an agency-based project is also an effective way of securing a work placement for further counselling experience.

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 Qualification Document for further information.


CST-L3 is eligible for funding support. Find out more by reading our funding guide for students.

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