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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Foundation)

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Foundation)

Building more advanced counselling and therapeutic play skills to work therapeutically with children and young people.

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills for Working with Children (Foundation)

Place2Be’s Level 3 Certificate is an opportunity to learn more of the theories and techniques used by our mental health professionals.

The course allows trainees to apply for our Postgraduate Diploma and/or a Counselling Placement in a Place2Be school.

Important note on payments

If you experience any issues when paying for this course, you can:

  • try again using a different payment method (we recommend PayPal or Apple Pay)
  • contact your bank to check that they've approved the payment
  • contact us at qualify@place2be.org.uk if the problem persists.

Key information

  • Length:
  • One day a week for 15 weeks
  • Frequency:
  • One session a week


Course details

What it covers:

  • Learning child counselling skills, including using play, creative work and narrative
  • Developing counselling theory, with an emphasis on attachment theory
  • Observing and recording your practice for feedback and supervision
  • Building self-awareness and identifying any barriers you might have in communicating and being emotionally available
  • Applying new knowledge to home, school and peer-group relationships.

Useful for those who want to:

  • Develop key counselling and therapeutic play skills to support their work or everyday life with children and young people
  • Become a Counsellor on Placement with Place2Be
  • Progress to further counselling qualifications such as Place2Be’s Postgraduate Diploma.

Entry requirements

To apply, you must have:

  • Completed Place2Be’s Level 2 Award or an equivalent qualification which includes at least 43 ‘guided learning’ hours, theory, skills practice and evidence of self-awareness. We cannot accept online courses
  • Attended a Place2Be Taster Day within 12 months of enrolling on the Level 3 course, unless you have completed our Level 2 Award
  • Time to attend all sessions unless there are exceptional circumstances
  • Spent at least one year working with, caring for or parenting primary-aged children
  • Received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Internet access to use our learning platform.

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview.


  • Accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Includes 92 ‘guided learning’ hours.

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Payment options

The fee for the Level 3 Certificate is £1,830. You can choose how to pay:

Option A) Full Course Fee of £1,830

Option B) Deposit of £610, followed by two payments of £610 at one-month intervals

Payment will be required only if offered a place to study.


All applicants must submit a reference - please download the form and email this to qualify@place2be.org.uk.

Find out more

For more information, please read our FAQs linked below or get in touch through our enquiries form or call us on 0207 923 5558.

Frequently Asked Questions


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If you require the use of the hearing loop please let us know via qualify@place2be.org.uk so we can discuss your needs.


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The best facilitation I’ve ever experienced. The tutors completely and genuinely modelled unconditional positive regard in the way they dealt with issues, held the emotion, presented exercises and performed tutorials.

Level 3 participant

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If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview.

If your preferred course is full, we will offer you a space on a later one. We do not operate a waiting list, if all courses are full please check back in September when we release our spring term dates. We are not running any Level 3 autumn term courses in Manchester - only London. The next Level 3 in Manchester will run in the spring term. 

Please note that your session will timeout after 30 minutes. We recommend you complete the supporting statement in a separate document and then paste this into the relevant boxes to avoid losing your work.

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