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Your Frequently Asked Questions about CCPT

Helpful course advisors are available to help answer any questions you may have and give you useful advice. Please call them on
Freephone 0800 062 2900 or 01409 220 780, or book an advice call.
For maximum convenience, here we answer some of the frequent questions people ask about the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Training and the courses available.
I want to become a fully qualified professional counsellor, can these courses help me?
Yes!
If you have no counselling experience or knowledge we recommend you start with the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (600/0728/X) course. This course offers an ideal first step towards becoming a qualified counsellor.
The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (600/0727/8) course is the next step to becoming a qualified counsellor and enables you to develop an in-depth knowledge of counselling skills.
After successfully completing the Level 3 Diploma, you will need to progress to a Level 4 Counselling qualification in order to become a fully qualified professional counsellor.
Do I need any previous experience to enrol on a course?
The NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (600/0728/X) course is suitable for beginners. This course offers a solid basis to the use of counselling skills.
The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (600/0727/8) course is ideal for gaining more in-depth counselling skills. It is recommended that you have completed a Level 2 counselling qualification or have the equivalent level of experience.
How do the courses work?
  • Our unique, interactive courses are taught through our suite of videos, group discussions, interactive activities, written content, and questions and answers. Your CCPT tutor will support you throughout your course by phone, Skype, online messaging or email.
  • As soon as you enrol, you will receive access to your online course materials. You can then start as soon as you want – there are no term start dates to fit around.
  • Our flexible courses are ideally suited to busy adults. You can enjoy your course anywhere and at any time, fitting your studies around your lifestyle and circumstances.
    • You can learn at home, whilst relaxing in the garden, during a work break, from anywhere in the world – all you need is an internet connection and a laptop, mobile, tablet or computer.
    • All course materials have been created by experts. Discover more about our online materials.
    • And you can progress at your own pace. Also, if you’re having a busy time at work or with family commitments and need a break, that’s fine with us. You have two years to complete your course.
  • You can also contact the CCPT student support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • You will have access to your own e-portfolio to conveniently save evidence that demonstrates the skills and understanding you have gained. This will be gathered through questions and answers, reflective activities, assignments and audios/videos.
  • On successful completion, you will be awarded your certificate.
Will CCPT give me help to complete the course?
Yes. We believe expert, inspired teaching and friendly encouragement are just as important as great study materials and you will be assigned a tutor to work closely with you throughout your course.
As well as marking and giving you written feedback on your work, you can call or email your tutor – they will be happy to help. To give you peace of mind, CCPT tutors have advanced level qualifications, considerable clinic experience and a real passion for their subject.
What qualifications can I achieve?
Successfully complete the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills course to be awarded the:
  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (600/0728/X) qualification
Successfully complete the Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills course to be awarded the:
  • NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (600/0727/8) qualification
How do the assessments work?
You will have access to your own e-portfolio to conveniently save evidence that demonstrates the skills and understanding you have gained. This will be gathered through questions and answers, reflective activities, and audios/videos.
You will also have assignment/s to complete and for maximum convenience, you are able to submit these online. Your tutor will then mark your assignment and give feedback to you online.
How long does it take to complete a course?
The courses are designed to give you maximum flexibility. Once you have enrolled, you can enjoy your course when you want and progress at your own pace, fitting your learning around other commitments.
The time taken depends on how quickly you would like to progress and how much time you wish to commit to study and the course you choose.
As a guide, the NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (600/0728/X) has an expected total study time of 160 hours, studied at your own pace. The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills (600/0727/8) has an expected total study time of 400 hours, studied at your own pace.
You have 2 years from your enrolment date to complete your course. This should be plenty of time, allowing you, if necessary, to take a temporary break from your course for other commitments, while providing a motivating deadline.
What could I do when I successfully complete my courses?
The Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications are the initial steps in your journey to becoming a fully qualified professional counsellor. They can also be of use within work or family situations and are especially helpful for workers in health or social care, child care, teaching and voluntary work.
Counselling is rewarding and can make a real difference to our lives. After completing the Level 2 and Level 3 courses, you will need to progress to a Level 4 counselling course to become a fully qualified professional counsellor. For students wishing to continue to a Level 4 qualification, CCPT offers an advisory service for progression.
Why is counselling so valuable?
  • “Nearly 3 million people in Britain are in ‘distressed’ relationships where they regularly argue or consider divorce.”1
  • 526,000 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression or anxiety annually2.
  • The number of children having therapy for anxiety has risen by 60% in two years3.
  • 12.5 million working days are lost annually due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety1.
  • 92% of young people will experience what they see as a significant bereavement before the age of 164.
1 Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/love-sex/one-in-five-couples-in-distressed-relationships-report-finds-a7047521.html
2 Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/causdis/stress/. Figures relate to 2016/2017.
3 Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/08/number-children-having-anxiety-counselling-rises-60-per-cent2/
4 Source: https://www.jrf.org.uk/report/impact-bereavement-and-loss-young-people
What payment options are available?
You can choose from three payment options:
  • The total course fee in one sum
  • A deposit followed by up to 12 monthly instalments*
  • A lower deposit with smaller monthly instalments spread over 2 years
* Your certificate will be issued when you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.
How do I apply for a course?
There are two ways you can enrol on a course:
1.   Online – please click here. Enrolling is 100% secure and can be completed in just 3 minutes.
2.   By phone – please call Freephone 0800 062 2900 or 01409 220 780 and speak with one of our helpful course advisors.
For helpful course advice, please call Freephone 0800 062 2900 or 01409 220 780,
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