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Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

For 2020 start

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 4 Social Care & Health

This programme is intended for people who have completed an introductory counselling course, typically at a Level 2 who wish to develop their counselling skills further or gain a qualification in Higher Education which qualifies them to apply for the Level 5 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling (a professional qualification in Counselling)

The Certificate of Advanced Counselling, enables you to develop your counselling skills within a person-centred framework. You are not required to work with clients, nor work within a placement, as this is an academic course which does not in itself provide a profession qualification, but can create a pathway towards achieving this . You will develop your counselling skills with peers and tutors.

You will also focus on learning about counselling theory and personal development, counselling ethics and the principles which inform the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Professional counselling boundaries, ethical dilemmas and social issues and their impact on the counselling process are also explored.

Assessment is through coursework and presentations, and we use a self, peer and tutor assessment process.

The Certificate is a 1 year full –time course held on Mondays and Thursdays (9.30 am to 4.30pm) term time only.

Possible Progression (subject to availability) 

– Diploma in Person-centred Counselling & Therapy at Duchy Rosewarne

Possible Careers 

– Counsellor (after further study)

– Support Worker

– Community Worker

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code: B942
  • Institution codes: CORN C78
  • Awarded by: University of Plymouth
  • Fees: Fees Explained
Entry Requirements

You must hold a Level 2 Counselling Skills qualification. Must be over 19 with experience of using counselling skills, as well as the satisfaction of the interviewing tutor of your aptitude for this level of study.

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Course Documents

Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies Handbook (2019-20)
Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies Module Appendix Handbook (2019-20)


Indicative Module Year 1


  • Personal Development
  • Counselling Theory & Practice
  • Professional Development
  • Study Skills
  • Counselling Contexts
  • Ethical Issues in Counselling

*Modules are subject to change and availability



Certificate in Advanced Counselling Studies

Start Date





1 year full-time

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.

Careers advice available

If you are considering an undergraduate programme with us, you may wish to access our free Careers and Employability advice service. This gives you the opportunity to talk with an advisor about career options before, during and after your study with us. To make an appointment, please e-mail: H.E.Advice@cornwall.ac.uk

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