TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills


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Studying for this TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills will help you to develop your skills of working with clients through difficulties they may face. The course is fully recognised and Ofqual approved so is the perfect qualification for anyone looking to work in a counselling role.

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About this Course

By studying the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, students will have a much better understanding of how to work with people that have a range of psychological difficulties. The course is ideal for people that are looking to begin work in the mental health field and require a fully recognised qualification to working a wide range of job roles.

Study Time: 120 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific

Upon completion of this qualification students are awarded an TQUK Level 2 certificate and an OLC Certificate. All certification fees are included in your course fees. Qualification Code 601/7815/2.

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To gain this TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills qualification you will need to submit, and pass, all of the tutor marked assignments. There are 6 assignments in the course and no need to purchase any textbooks as we provide all of the lessons and materials required to learn the syllabus.

All assignments that are coursework based and are in an essay/question and answer style to test your knowledge of the topics covered in each of the course sections. On this course there is also one assignment that will require you to record a role play counselling session with a friend or family member. A video will need to be uploaded for this that will be assessed by your tutor.


All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

  • 24/7/365 access to all of your course materials- all lessons, assignments and resources are available from the moment you enrol
  • Instant access to your course after you enrol- start studying immediately!
  • Integrated chat and messaging systems so that you can contact your tutor
  • Online assignment uploads to save time in returning marks and feedback.
  • Links to further resources and information available on courses
  • Self-led learning on all courses- study in your own time and work through your assignments at your own pace
  • Safe e-portfolio of your work is kept under lock and key on our secure servers
  • Progress bar to show the work you have completed and how many tasks you still have to complete on your course
  • Detailed help centre with step-by-step instructions on getting the most from your course and how to upload assignments and contact your tutor


To pass this course learners must pass 4 units set by the awarding body which have been broken down into 6 sections on the course. These are completed by navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

The course contains 5 assignments that are written and 1 that requires you to carry out a practical counselling session. This practical session can be done with a friend or family member who is playing the role of a client and must be recorded then uploaded to the online campus. To be able to complete this recording you will need to use a video camera or smart phone with a video and audio function so students should have access to this equipment in preparation for the course.

Course Content

This TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills course assesses the following units:

Unit 1: Developing self-understanding and personal qualities

  • Identifying your own values and beliefs
  • How values and beliefs could affect helping relationships
  • Motivation for helping others
  • Blocks to listening and learning
  • Benefits of giving feedback for personal development
  • Identifying strengths in the helping relationship
  • Areas for development
  • Developing skills and qualities as a counsellor

Unit 2: Identifying and accessing support

  • Support needs for counsellors
  • Accessing support
  • Using personal and professional support to highlight issues in counselling
  • Observations, thoughts, feelings and concerns when using counselling skills
  • Benefits of self-reflection

Unit 3: Core counselling skills

  • Core counselling skills
  • Using core skills in counselling
  • Effective communication
  • Boundaries in counselling relationships
  • Conduct of the counsellor
  • Objectives of a new helping relationship
  • Strategies for ending relationships
  • The impact of a helping relationship ending

Unit 4: Demonstrating counselling skills

  • Counselling skills in a helping relationship
  • Commentary from the case study
  • Assessment tips

Unit 5: Introduction to counselling skills and theories

  • Key elements of counselling theories
  • Childhood experiences
  • Alfred Adler
  • Carl Jung
  • Object relations theory and ego psychology
  • Key elements of person-centred theory
  • Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
  • Key elements of cognitive behavioural theory
  • B.F. Skinner and operant conditioning
  • The ABC Model
  • Key differences between theories
  • How counselling theories underpin the use of counselling skills

Unit 6: Diversity and ethics

  • Ethical frameworks
  • Key aspects of ethical frameworks
  • How ethical frameworks inform counselling skills
  • Experiences of discrimination
  • Considering discrimination
  • Anti-discriminatory practices and legislation
  • How diversity impacts counselling relationships
  • Addressing differences in counselling skills practice

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.


The most important tool that all of our students have at their disposal is their tutor. When studying for a course with us you are assigned a personal tutor with indepth knowledge and experience in your chosen subject.

You are strongly advised to make use of your tutors expertise and ask questions about the course content. Your assignments are marked by your personal tutor and detailed feedback is given. As well as this your tutor will provide you with pointers and advice on where you can improve- this helps you to get the most from your courses and constantly improve your skills.

Enrolment Length

All of our courses are allocated plenty of time for students to complete their studies and all materials are self-led so that you can complete the course at your own pace. Should you require additional time on one of our courses you can extend your enrolment by 30 days for an additional fee of £60.

As well as this we operate a 14 day money back guarantee on every one of our qualifications- that’s how confident we are of how you will love studying with us!


TQUK Certification

Included in the cost of this course is certification with TQUK. TQUK are an Ofqual-approved awarding body that develop nationally recognised qualifications in a variety of sectors. These qualifications are then taught by TQUK centres throughout the world to the highest levels possible.

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TQUK is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators (‘regulators’) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills Course regulated?

Yes this course is fully regulated through Ofqual which means it is recognised by all employers and linked to national standards. The course has qualification number 601/7815/2 and a total qualification time of 120 hours. TQUK stands for Training Qualifications UK and they are one of the most innovative and cutting edge awarding bodies in the country. Each of their qualifications are regulated through Ofqual, resulting in nationally recognised achievement.

What is included in the cost of the TQUK Level 2 Counselling Skills course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This Counselling course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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