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Course Overview

Counselling Skills 3 provides students the opportunity to develop their ability as reflective practitioners.  It is a practical experiential course which builds on the experience gained in Counselling Skills 1 and 2.  Students will analyse and comment on their own practice with reference to theory and evidence of the core conditions. 

See 'Further Information & Notes'.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Salma Siddique

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Certificate In Counselling Skills Theory (One Year Variant) (J)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CO2007 Counselling Skills 3 (Studied)
  • CO2017 Counselling Skills 3 (Evening) (Studied)
  • KL101S Counselling Skills 3 (Studied)
  • KL200X Counselling Skills 3 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The five elements of theory, skills practice, professional development, personal development, and self-assessment, are integrated in this course. Theoretical work will involve a detailed look at other counselling approaches from the humanist, cognitive, behavioural and analytic traditions. Focusing on the person-centred approach, the course will develop an understanding of congruence and authenticity. Attention will be given to the beginning, middle and end stages in the helping process. The practical element will involve integrating theory and practice with the development of congruence. The professional element will include discussion of values, specifically those connected with race, culture, gender and sexual orientation. The impinging of client issues on the helper will be investigated, and a reflective learning log will be used for personal assessment.

Associated Costs

A compulsory charge of £30 is made for this course to cover the COSCA workbook, COSCA professional registration, DVDs and associated handling costs.

Further Information & Notes

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. Students must be able to attend the same class at the same time over 10 weeks. There is a strict attendance requirement of at least 85%. Students who miss more than two 3-hour classes - for any reason - cannot pass the course.
Students 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.


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 Skills 1-4 is a requirement of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland).


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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