This course is being taught at both Merton College and online.

If you have no previous experience of counselling, then this non-accredited course will give you a good foundation for further work and study. The course includes theory and practice including elements such as boundaries, listening skills and how to run a short counselling session. The skills you will develop can be used in work based settings or home.

As well as improving your communication skills, you'll learn about the three main psychological theories that underpin counselling practice psychodynamic, person-centred and cognitive. You will also cover key issues in counselling like confidentiality, boundaries and non-verbal communication.


There may be materials you need to help with your studies. You'll either make a one-off payment for these when you enrol, or you'll buy them during the course. Your tutor will talk to you about this at interview or in your first class (if you don't need an interview).

Depending on your course and circumstances, you may be able to get funding to help with materials fees. Please check with us when you come in for interview or enrolment.

Entry Requirements

You do not need any experience of counselling as this course will give you the introduction you need.

Next Steps

Move onto a Preparation for Level 2 Counselling Skills or similar.

Important information

All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.

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