Counselling Courses


Introduction to Counselling Course - Level 1 & Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2

September 2018 Tuesday class now full – ENROLMENTS NOW BEING TAKEN FOR Thursday evening class 6 – 9 pm

The Level 1 course will teach you the basic knowledge you need to understand just what counselling really is and is taught over the first five weeks of a 35 week combined course with the Level 2 Counselling Skills course.

We will introduce you to the skills of Active Listening, Paraphrasing, Transference, Empathy, Congruence, and Unconditional Positive Regard. You will be given an introduction to the theorists, Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Albert Ellis, Carl Rogers, Eric Berne and others. We will look at the models of counselling such as Psychodynamic, Person Centred, Cognitive, Behavioural and Rational Emotive.

There are 10 Modules covered in the Level 2 course with a short assignment after each module.

The student will regularly practise essential basic counselling skills during the Level 2 counselling course.  At the end of Level 2 the student will be required to complete a 30 minute practical assessment of their basic counselling skills learned during this course.  Successful completion of the Level 2 course will enable the student to enrol onto Level 3 Counselling Theory.

Level 2 - This Course Is The Core To All The Other Counselling Courses

The course is taught part time weekly over the subsequent 30 weeks and will teach you all necessary tools to qualify you to progress onto the higher level courses.

The course teaches the basic skills that counsellors require counsellors to work effectively with clients. It is based on the person centred model and uses Egan’s three-stage model of exploration, understanding and action. As part of this course, you will undertake training and experience of active listening, defining and explaining counselling, the counsellor’s personal self-awareness, the exploration, understanding and action skills required in person centred counselling, demonstration of counselling skills via written counselling scenarios, issues of confidentiality, issues of referral and supervision.

The course is a 95 hour course taken over three terms. In addition to the ten assignments, at the end of each unit the course incorporates practical work and continual assessment by the course tutor. Students will also keep an individual course journal and there will be a final practical assessment at the end of the course to demonstrate the student”s ability counsel a client.


After completing this introduction course you will be entitled to enrol on the Advanced Diploma Course, set out as follows:


Counselling Theory Level 3

Counselling Skills Advanced Level 4

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling Level 5

For more information phone Dr. Graham Cocking on 01522 546554

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Certificate in Counselling Theory Level 3 (Year 2)

Entry onto this course requires the student to have completed a level 2 counselling skills course, which includes a 30 min practical assessment of counselling skills.

This course will teach the student where counselling, psychotherapy and counselling psychology has its roots and how it has developed into the social science that it has become today.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the different types of theories that have developed, including the works of Sigmund Freud, Hans Eysenck, R.W. Bion, Peter Marris, Albert Ellis, Murray Parkes, Carl Rogers, B.F. Skinner, Eric Berne, John Bowlby, William Worden, Carl Jung Melanie Klein and Pavlov. This will take the student into the realms of different therapies, including Group Counselling, Bereavement, Loss & Grief, the Psychodynamic Approach, Client/Person Centred, Rational Emotive Therapy, Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy, Transactional Analysis and basic Child Development.

There are a total of 10 units in this module and each is followed by a written assignment that you will hand in to the tutor for comments and grading. The course also uses continual assessment in which students can discuss the work of the theorists in the group and match the various theories to their own life experiences.

The course includes various journal exercises that can be done at home. An integral part of the theory course is the course journal, which allows the student to analyse their own feelings about how studying counselling theory has made them think about their own life experiences and how it has affected them as an individual person. It also helps the student understand how the theory is applied to the assignments and related to the various questions.

This Course consists of 90 hours of classroom based training and is either run weekly, if enrolment is onto an evening class, over a 30 week period, or fortnightly, if enrolment is onto a Saturday class over 15 Saturdays, during term time only.

The student will be required to undertake a 50 min practical assessment of their counselling skills at the end of the Level 3 course, in order to be enrolled onto the Level 4 Diploma course.

After the successful completion of the theory course the student will be awarded their certificate in counselling theory.

Certificate in Counselling Skills (Advanced) Level 4 (Year 3/4)

Entry onto this course requires the student to have completed a level 2 counselling skills course and a level 3 counselling theory course.

The advanced course allows students to increase their knowledge of counselling beyond level 1 and 2 and 3. Students adopt a clinical approach and examine examples of contemporary problems using various counselling techniques. This will be applied to working with individuals and groups who are coming to terms with the emotional and psychological problems that modern living can cause.

The course content examines issues of crisis such as:

• Family
• Death and bereavement
• Suicide
• Divorce
• Depression
• Mental illness and its detection
• Homosexuality
• Immorality
• Substance abuse, and
• Child abuse

There are ten written assignments that must be completed and handed in to the tutor for grading and comments, along with several self-test exercises, allowing analysis of understanding. Students will engage in triad work to enable them to practice the techniques they have learned. Students will also be expected to keep a course journal to enable then to demonstrate understanding at a personal level.

An integral part of the Level 4 Diploma course is 100 voluntary placement hours under supervision.  After successful completion of the 50 minute practical assessment at the end of Level 3, the student once enrolled onto the Level 4 course will be ready and able to seek a placement where they will obtain their practical counselling experience.

After the successful completion of this course the student will be awarded their advanced certificate in counselling skills.

Holders of the Ridgeway Advanced Certificate Level 4 will be entitled to practice as a counsellor and as such would be entitled to apply for accreditation by the ISPC at associate level.

Advanced Diploma in Counselling Level 5 (Year 4)

This course is available to students who have gained their Level 4 counselling qualification.

This is the final year of the counselling training offered by Ridgeway College.

Our Level 5 year consists of 90 hours of classroom based training over 15 Saturdays 9.30 – 4.30pm, including:

Group process discussions

Self awareness practical group exercises

Personal Values

Awareness of others

The influence of family

Our unconscious agreements in relationships with others

Primal wounds


How we relate to others


There are no modules during the classroom based personal development exercises.  All activities are practical exercises and discussions.  The student will be expected to keep a personal journal on what they learn about themselves during Level 5.

The student will be expected to take the final question paper open examination and submit two case studies of their work that will lead to the qualification of the Ridgeway Advanced Diploma in Counselling Level 5.

Do you care? Do the lives of friends, family and colleagues interest you? Are you interested in the way people’s minds work? re you a natural listener or are you keen to help others?