Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Description of the Qualification

The AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF) focuses on the development of counselling skills. This qualification aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of counselling skills and an understanding of the importance of using counselling skills 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).

This qualification comprises one mandatory unit (Counselling: Skills Acquisition and Practice) and four optional units. The optional units provide an opportunity for learners to acquire counselling skills in one of a choice of four contexts and are applicable to a wide variety of helping and supporting roles:

Qualification Name

AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF) 601/3284/X

National Counselling Society – Quality Checked

The AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills course run at AAAIB is quality checked by the National Counselling Society.

Aim of the course

This course is designed for those wishing to learn and to practice a range of counselling skills. For many this is the first step towards becoming a counselling practitioner. This qualification may also be used to launch a long-term personal development plan towards higher qualifications.

What does the course cover?

You will develop knowledge and understanding of the ethos and methodology of counselling and learn to use counselling skills in accordance with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. There will also be an opportunity to develop an insight into some of the issues associated with applying counselling skills in the workplace.

Entry Requirements

Completion of Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling (QCF) or equivalent, otherwise there are no specific entry requirements but you must be sufficiently competent in writing and speaking to be able to participate in the course and its assessments. If you have not completed the Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling with AAAIB then to ensure suitability for counselling training, all prospective students will require an informal interview prior to enrolment.

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 3 Certificate in Counselling (QCF) to enhance their knowledge of counselling skills and theory. For those wishing to work towards a professional qualification enabling them to work as a counselling practitioner, 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 17 week period.

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 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (QCF)

The Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills is assessed and awarded at Level 2 on the QCF. Level 1 is equivalent to GCSE grades D to G, whilst a certificate at Level 2 is equivalent to GCSE grades A* to C.

How many Credits do I earn?

The learning  AIM reference is 6013284X and the Qualification Accreditiaion number is 601/3284/X in the 1.3 Health and Social Care Sector.

Learners will achieve 15 Credits on successful completion of the course. Learners must achieve 9 credits from the mandatory unit and a minimum of 6 credits from the optional units.


Total Cost : £680 includes

* Assessment/registration  and administration fees
* Tuition Fees and Examination Fees

When will the next course start?

The next evening course will start in September 2017. Please contact AAAIB for further details.

How do I apply?

Contact AAAIB by email in admin@aaaib.co.uk or by telephone on 01726 814582