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KL101Q: COUNSELLING SKILLS 1 (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This practical experiential Course, develops self-awareness and Advanced Communication Skills.   Counselling Skills 1-4 make up the Counselling Skills Certificate (COSCA validated), first step in becoming a Counsellor or Psychotherapist. This professional qualification is a usual prerequisite for Post graduate study in Counselling and Counselling  Psychology in Scotland  and is a valuable addition to any CV. Students  must be prepared to fully participate in all aspects of the course including mock counselling sessions to achieve a pass mark.

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Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Barbara Foad

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Course Description

Counselling Skills 1 will introduce the theory, practice and ethics of using counselling skills. It will integrate theory, skills practice, professional development, personal development, and self-assessment. Theory will establish a definition of counselling, and distinguishing it from other helping activities, with an overview of the development of counselling, introducing Roger's person-centred approach. Participants will practice active listening skills of attending and responding and how to communicate empathetic understanding. Professional development will consider ethical considerations, particularly the need for confidentiality and boundaries. The importance of on-going personal development and self-assessment will be emphasised.

Further Information & Notes

 See Course Prospectus for class days and times.  You must contact the Programme Co-ordinator , Barbara Foad to register for a place. 
This course may not be suitable for anyone who is currently receiving  Counselling or has faced a serious emotional issue in the last six months.
Class size is limited to 15. You must be able to attend the same class at the same time  over10 weeks .There is a strict attendance requirement of at least 85% . If you miss more than two 3 Hr classes  for any reason you cannot pass the course.
 As an undergraduate student you do not pay tuition fees but will be required to pay the COSCA materials fee of £30 at the online store before the first class  and before  your  workbook will  be issued.

  Your class may include part-time students of all ages.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: essay (25%); learning log (25%); oral assessment (50%) [divided between practice 25% and participation/attendance 25%]. Candidates should note that to achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required. Attendance at 85% of the weekly seminars for each module of Counselling Skils 1-4 is a requirement of  COSCA  (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) Resit: In course assessment: essay (25%). Candidates should note that a  resit is not permitted of the other three elements of the course. To achieve credit for the  course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Formative Assessment

A reflective personal learning log, between 300 – 500 words in length will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students  to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class , how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development. Skills  practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on  a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes. Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members and includes attendance.


Weekly: A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.   Oral practice : Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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