TQUK Counselling Skills Level 2 - Distance Learning/Workbook study

Online/Distance Learning

About the course

Our courses enable you to boost your career with a nationally recognised qualification even if you don’t have the time to attend training sessions. You will work your way through the qualification submitting work every 2 weeks, achieving within approximately three months.

Many people find it helpful and empowering to seek the support of counselling at some point in their lives. People in any situation could benefit from counselling, and those with the correct understanding, knowledge and skills can provide them with support to improve personal well-being. This qualification focusses on key counselling skills to enable you to provide support wherever it is required. The course provides you with an understanding of various theoretical approaches, as well as covering the importance of a counselling relationship and helpful interaction techniques.

This course can be studied purely on-line and is ideal for those who are happy to work independently using our fully supported online learning platform. For those local to Swindon, are returning to learning and would prefer to receive one-to-one support from a tutor, we offer a workbook option.

The course is split into four manageable units:

  • Using counselling skills
  • Introduction to counselling skills theories
  • Diversity and ethics in the use of counselling skills
  • Counselling skills and personal development

As part of this qualification you are required to record yourself completing a Counselling role play scenario with another individual (eg. client, patient, student, work colleague, family member or friend). This can be completed as a video or voice recording and will be uploaded onto the learning platform for your Tutor to mark. You must have the facilities to be able to complete this part of the qualification.

Entry requirements

This course is fully funded by the Government and to qualify, you must have been resident in England for the last three years and be an EU citizen. You must also be 19 years old at the start of the academic year.

You must be 19 + and hold at least a full level 2 qualification (5 GCSEs, Level 2 NVQ Diploma, BTEC Level 2…)

You must have a minimum of Level 1 Literacy

Distance Learning isn’t for everyone. If at your enrolment we feel that this mode of study may not be quite right for you, we will help you to find the one that is. If you are local to Swindon, we may suggest learning using workbooks.

Where next?

You could complete one of our other Health & Social Care programmes (e.g. Information, Advice and Guidance, Mental Health Problems)

If you are local to Swindon and working in a Health and Social Care setting for a minimum of 15 hours a week, you could progress to a Level 2 or 3 NVQ in Health & Social Care depending on your job role.


This could lead to a job role linked to a Care or Education environment.

Whilst this course will provide an insight into using counselling skills, it is not appropriate for those who wish to work towards becoming a fully qualified Counsellor; it cannot be used to access the Level Counselling programme. For further information contact Claire.Williams@newcollege.ac.uk.

What additional resources will I need?

No additional resources are required.

Fees information


However, if you do not complete your course, you will be charged £125 to cover administration and learning material costs.

For further career guidance, the National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. This service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers. https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx


For distance learning enquiries please contact a member of the Queens Drive team on 01793 732892 or email info@fastforward.newcollege.ac.uk