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Counselling is a profession that is particularly in demand, especially in recent years with the increased awareness surrounding mental health. If you are an empathetic person who would like to help others and support them to work through their problems, counselling could be the perfect career for you.

Our accredited counselling courses are the perfect step into your future career. Whether you’re looking for an introduction to counselling, your Level 3 CPCAB qualification, or you’re ready for your BACP membership, we have the course for you.

Trips and visits

As this is a part-time adult counselling course, trips and visits are generally not applicable. However, there may be opportunities to visit higher education institutions to gain an insight into where your studies could take you.

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Adult Learner

Our counselling courses are suitable for complete beginners who are looking to take their first steps into counselling or those who already have some knowledge of this sector and are looking to expand their skills further. If you’re looking to start your professional career, our Level 2 Certificate Counselling course is a great place to start, or if you’re ready to gain your BACP professional membership, take a look at our Level 4 counselling course.

Our experienced tutors train students to the highest possible standard and prepare them for higher education or employment within this challenging yet rewarding field.

Meet our students

Samantha Greenall

Samantha began studying at the college on an Introduction to Counselling course and has since progressed through the levels, leading her to the level 4 course. During this time, Samantha has overcome a great deal in her personal life and praises the course as being a lifeline to her.

During her time as a student at the college, Samantha has felt incredibly supported by her tutor, who has always encouraged her and fellow classmates to try their best. Before becoming a student, Samantha did not consider herself particularly academic or assertive, but tells us that she has grown a lot on the course and is now more self-assured. She says: “Now, I am confident.”

In the future, Samantha hopes to have her own practice after having gained more experience working with an agency. To any other adults considering returning to education but feeling unsure, Samantha says: “Don’t say you can’t, just go and do it. You will surprise yourselves!”

Phil Snelson Counselling Student

Phil began his studies on a level 2 course, before progressing on to level 3 and now level 4. Upon deciding to change career, Phil explored various options but our college stood out due to the flexibility and accommodating schedule offered.

He says: "The tutors have all been brilliant. They want to help people and they're so supportive. I could write a thousand bullet points on what I've learnt but I've learnt exactly what I wanted to. I've reached the point where I am nearly ready to start a professional career in the discipline that I've chosen."

Julie Snell
The counselling team of tutors are out of this world in terms of their teaching skills, support and their own experience that they bring to each lecture and class.”

Julie decided to study counselling after she was involved in a life-changing accident that made her re-think her career path. After finishing Level 3 Certificate Counselling Skills at Warrington & Vale Royal College, she continued onto level 4.

When Julie finishes her Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling course, she hopes to work in a practice and begin to put all the skills she has learnt into action. She also hopes to continue to see clients from her current placement, as it has become such a special place for her.

Alex Baguley Counselling Student

Alex began his counselling career at our college studying on a level 2 course before progressing on to level 3 and now the Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling course which he is thoroughly enjoying.

He says: “I would definitely recommend studying at Warrington & Vale Royal College to become a counsellor. The team of tutors are supportive, experienced, and passionate. I am proud to have been taught by them and look forward to learning more.”

Meet our tutors

Gemma Bigwood Counselling Tutor

Gemma Bigwood

Gemma Bigwood, our Subject Lead for Counselling, joined us in 2023 with a wealth of counselling and teaching experience. With 17 years of experience in teaching and 5 years experience in counselling, she brings a fresh take on teaching this topic to the college.

Gemma emphasises the community and commitments of the college's tutors in ensuring students are well-prepared for their chosen careers. Her practical experience adds a valuable dimension to her teaching approach, aiming to equip students with the essential skills for success in the field of counselling.

Melissa Callaghan Counselling Tutor

Melissa Callaghan

Having previously been a counselling student here herself, Melissa is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences of the subject to others who are eager to learn. She describes this experience as life changing, praising the support and guidance received from her own tutor when a student, which encouraged her to branch out into teaching.

Melissa now works in private practice and is thoroughly enjoying bringing her new knowledge and skills into the classroom.

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