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

Esher Sixth Form College has been running a successful life skills and counselling programme since 1992. The courses 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.

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.

Counselling enrolment form 2022-23​​

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CPCAB validated CPD one-day Workshops

​A series of 3 CPD Saturday Workshops - 09.00 - 15.00 £96pp
CPD1: Dealing with Adversity - 26th November 2022

How can we overcome adversity, or difficult life changes? This course will look at some models and exercises that psychologists, counsellors and life coaches have created, that you can experience yourself and offer offer to potential clients. This course is suitable for trainees and practitioners in the helping professions and anyone interested in this field.​

​CPD2: Suicide Prevention and First Aid - 25th February 2023

​Explore attitudes to suicide, examine perspectives on understanding possible causes and practice some tested and evidence based practical strategies for helping people at risk.

​CPD3: Integrating Counselling and Coaching - Saturday 11th March 2023

This course will introduce participants to the basic skill sets of both practices; examine the differences and similarities between them, and what integration might look like. It will be useful for both experienced professionals and those with a general interest in helping work.​


Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Who is the course for?​

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 will enable candidates to:

  • ​Use counselling skills ethically and safely.
  • Work empathetically as a helper.
  • Focus on the helpee's needs and concerns.
  • Use a range of counselling skills to facilitate the helping interaction.
  • Use feedback and reflection to enhance counselling skills

Successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate can lead to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.

Entry Requirements

No previous training or experience required.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a reflective journal, practical skills through role plays which are assessed by the tutor during the course, and one externally assessed 60 minute short answer test.

Client hours required: None

90 hours (30 weeks, not including half-term or holidays).​


Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

​Who is the course for?

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.
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health.

​Successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate can lead to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or Level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching.

​​The certificate does not enable the candidate to practise counselling professionally

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. 

Client hours required: None

90 hours (30 weeks, not including half terms or holidays)​