Esher College has been running a life skills and counselling programme since 1992.

The courses are accredited and validated by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). CPCAB is the only Ofqual-approved awarding body specialising in counselling. The progression routes and size of these qualifications has taken into account professional counselling bodies’ requirements for the accreditation of counsellors. All courses are recognised by the Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF) as approved Vocationally Related Qualifications.

The programmes are delivered in small, focused groups by registered, experienced tutors, who are also practitioners. Our candidates come from a wide variety of professional and employment backgrounds.

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Certificate in Life Coaching Studies: Level 3

​This course is for people wishing to apply life coaching knowledge and skills to support people they work with to:

  • Cope better with life’s difficulties and challenges
  • Develop their confidence, self-esteem and self-awareness
  • Form, develop and maintain loving relationships
  • Meet the challenges and opportunities of their life stage
  • Make healthy life style changes

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in a related or complementary subject, or equivalent.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a portfolio evidencing achievement of the 7 learning outcomes/goals, a learning journal, case study of skills, group presentation and external assessment.

This course runs on Thursday nights at 17:30-20:00 and lasts for 31 weeks.

The introductory session will be on Saturday 1 October 2016.
Course dates do not include half term/holidays.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £270, the first on enrolment, the second by 2 December 2016, and the final payment before 3 March 2017.   If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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Level 2 Award in Effective Listening Skills

​This qualification benefits candidates who are interested in understanding other people and improving their personal and working relationships.

Effective Listening Skills will help you:

  • improve relationships within workplace teams
  • promote better community relations
  • improve work roles
  • improve communication
  • enhance personal relationships
  • enhance helping relationships

Entry Requirements

No previous training or experience required.

Methods of Assessment

Trainer-assessed candidate portfolio.

Independent verification by CPCAB

This course runs on 2 Saturdays at 9:00-15:00.

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Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

​This qualification is for candidates who:

  • Want to become competent in the use of counselling skills to help others – either in a voluntary or an employed situation;
  • Want to take the first step in training to be a counsellor – this course will not qualify candidates to become counselling practitioners, but will prepare them for the next level of practitioner training, and can provide credit as entry to other courses.

This qualification aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of counselling skills. It provides understanding of the importance of using counselling within published ethical frameworks, such as those from the National Counselling Society (NCS), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The range of skills considered are applicable to a wide variety of helping and supporting roles.

Entry Requirements

No previous training or experience required.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a portfolio evidencing achievement of the 7 learning outcomes/goals, and 60 minute external written exam.

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 18:30-21:00 and lasts for 32 weeks.

Course dates do not include half term/holidays, but may include one Saturday.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £270, the first on enrolment, the second by 2 December 2016, and the final payment before 3 March 2017. If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

​This qualification is for candidates who want to:

  • Take the next step in training to become a counsellor (having already acquired counselling skills).
  • Learn more about counselling theory and agency work.

This qualification will enable candidates to:

  • Prepare to work within an ethical framework.
  • Understand the counselling relationship.
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding.
  • Work within a user-centred approach to counselling.
  • Use counselling theory to develop self-awareness in counselling practice.
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health.
  • Use feedback, reflection and supervision to support counselling studies.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in counselling or a related subject, or equivalent.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a portfolio evidencing achievement of the 7 learning outcomes/goals, and 75 minute external written exam.

This course runs on Monday nights at 17.45-20:15 and lasts for 30 weeks.

The introductory session will be on Saturday 17 September 2016.
Course dates do not include half term/holidays.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £270, the first on enrolment, the second by 2 December 2016, and the final payment before 3 March 2017.  If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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Life Coaching Diploma Level 4 CPCAB

This qualification is intended for candidates wishing to take on a formal life coaching role in order to support clients to:
• Reflect on themselves and work towards their life goals
• Develop their health, happiness and well-being
• Develop their relationships
• Engage with the challenges and opportunities of their life stage
• Use self-help resources and skills effectively

On completion of the level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching you will be qualified to practise as a life coach. This qualification is also highly useful to professionals working in health, education and social care.

This course runs on Tuesday nights at 17.45 - 20.45 and lasts for 35 weeks. Tutors are available from 17.15 for tutorials/research.

Additional Costs: student must arrange 6 hours of personal life coaching and arrange 10 hours supervision at their own expense.

The introductory session will be on Saturday 10 September 2016. Additional Saturday 20 May. External assessment date: Tuesday 20 June 2017.
Course dates do not include half term/holidays.

Fees may be paid in full on enrolment or by 3 instalments of £564, the first on enrolment, the second by 2 December 2016, and the final payment before 3 March 2017. If you would like to take advantage of our instalment plan, please contact the Adult Department on 020 8335 2544.

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