Counselling Courses

Swarthmore offers a range of counselling courses which are awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). This is the only awarding body to specialise in the field of counselling. Swarthmore is also an organisational member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and works to their Ethical Framework as a training organisation. Swarthmore’s counselling courses allow students to follow a potential progression route beginning with the Introduction to Counselling Skills and progressing to Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2.
For further information visit CPCAB’s website:

Below is information on each counselling course. Some courses require previous experience, so please pay special attention to the level at which each course is aimed. The application process is outlined for each course.

Introduction To Counselling Skills 

For those who want to learn initial counselling skills to help others – either in a voluntary or an employed capacity. The skills taught and practiced may also be useful in personal relationships. The practical nature of the course helps develop students’ self-awareness. There is an emphasis on group work in which skills, ideas and personal reflections are discussed. It will help those wishing to find out more about the field of counselling. This course is assessed through evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio. Students can enrol directly onto the introductory courses at Reception (no application form is needed).

Visit the course page for Course dates

Certificate In Counselling Skills – Level 2 (CSK–L2)

This qualification is for candidates who want to learn counselling skills to help and support others, either in a voluntary or employed capacity. The course is appropriate for the following:

  • Healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, occupational/speech therapists and physiotherapists.
  • Individuals working in social, community, prison, education or the ‘frontline’ services.
  • Individuals with an interest in developing counselling skills, and possibly developing a career in the field.

No previous training or experience is required; however we do recommend that applicants have completed an Introduction to Counselling Skills. This course is assessed through the evidencing of learning criteria within a student portfolio, and an external examination.

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Fees £783 includes Swarthmore membership and CPCAB registration costs.
For further information, please contact Curriculum Manager Joan Macleod