Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (QCF)

Description of the Qualification

The AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (QCF) aims to further develop the skills and knowledge gained at Level 2. This qualification enables learners to work towards becoming a reflective practitioner of counselling by considering theories of human development, self-awareness, supervision and issues of difference and diversity.

It also provides knowledge and understanding of the three main core theories and theorists that underpin counselling and addresses the nature of psychological problems and how they may be approached. The specialist skills and knowledge gained in this qualification will be applicable in a range of working contexts. It will enable learners to understand the need for a firm grasp of a coherent theoretical approach to counselling or supporting others. This is particularly important prior to starting work in a supervised placement if learners progresses to Level 4.

This qualification comprises three mandatory units; Developing Counselling Skills, Towards Reflective Practice and Counselling Theory.

Learners may progress onto the AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF).

Qualification Name

AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (QCF) 601/3286/3.

National Counselling Society – Quality Checked

The AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling course run at AAAIB is quality checked by the National Counselling Society.

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that learners have Level 2 literacy skills, or English GCSE or equivalent.

It is also recommended that learners have achieved the AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF) or equivalent.

Whilst on this course and all our counselling courses, high priority will be given to moral and ethical issues, equal opportunities and the importance of giving and receiving personal sensitive information confidentially and in a non-judgemental way.


Learners may progress onto the AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF).


The course can be studied during the day or evening over a period of one year. The details confirming the start dates and the day of the week that this course will run will be provided on enquiry.

What Day(s)

Evening courses Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 6.00pm – 9.00pm – depending on availability.

Daytime courses subject to sufficient registrations.

How is the course assessed?

By Internal assessment and an AIM Awards external examination which is administered by the JCQ

What qualification will I gain?

AIM Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling (QCF)

The Level 3 Certificate in Counselling is assessed and awarded at Level 3 on the QCF.

How many Credits do I earn?

The learning  AIM reference is 60132863 and the OFQAL Qualification Accredititation number is 601/3286/3.

Learners will achieve 30 Credits on successful completion of the course. Learners mus