ABC Awards: Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts

This course runs over 10 weeks, offering a practical introduction to counselling skills and personal development. The course is ideal for anyone who wants to start training as a counsellor or develop personal and communicative skills in life, relationships, or the workplace. It will help you to gain important industry insight to help make informed career decisions.

It is appropriate for those who are:

  • Returning to study
  • Seeking a career change
  • Undertaking voluntary work
  • Enhancing career prospects through extra qualifications
  • Thinking of training as a professional counsellor
  • Working within education e.g. teachers, TAs, adminstrators
  • Seeking development of enhanced social skills

What are the entry requirements?

There are no basic qualifications for entry, but all of our courses require an interview to ensure that students understand the nature of the course and the level of commitment that it requires.

Age requirement: 18+

You will cover 3 units which are:

The professional context of counselling

This unit will provide a basic introduction to counselling. You will develop an understanding of what counselling is and an appreciation that qualified counsellors and those who use counselling skills abide by an ethical framework; and will learn about the importance of creating the correct environment and the right ethos for the helping relationship to be successful.

Communication skills in helping relationships

This unit will explore effective communication skills used in helping relationships. You will be required to demonstrate a range of listening and responding skills to establish, develop and close interactions.

An introduction to personal development

In this unit you will have the opportunity to reflect on your personal development and identify areas for development in the future.


This course is assessed through the writing of a reflective learning journal each week (approximately 500 words) and three word assignments, one for each unit taken and skills observation. Course is internally and externally moderated (external is moderated by ABC) to ensure a high standard of teaching, learning and assessment. 

Attendance and commitment is essential on this course. Minimum attendance required is 90%.

Course Dates

Autumn Term 2019: 

  • Monday 7th October 2019 10.00 – 13.00
  • Sunday 13th October 2019 10.30  – 13.30

Break for October half-term

Winter Term 2020:

  • Monday 13th January 10.00 – 13.00  
  • Sunday 19th January 10.30  – 13.30

Summer Term 2020:

  • Monday 20th April 10.00 – 13.00
  • Sunday 26th April 10.30  – 13.30

Break for June half-term

Course fees:

£320 plus ABC Awards registration fee of £29

Payment options

Option 1

Full payment of £349, includes the registration fee – to be paid before the start of the course

Option 2

 A deposit is required £129, then 2 further payments of £110. For further details please contact Administration .

Progression route

Successful completion of the Level 2 Award in Counselling Concepts, or an equivalent course, will be a pre-requisite for entry to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills programme. However, for those who do not intend to continue their studies further in the field of counselling, the course will provide valuable transferable skills useful within a range of careers, such as, health & social care, education, nursing, youth work, mentoring & coaching and other helping professsions.

NB: Progression from a Level 2 programme onto a Level 3 programme is not automatic. Learners are advised to check with the centre regarding selection procedures, which may require further evidence of a learner’s suitability to progress to Level 3. This programme demands that learners can demonstrate understanding in extended written form.