A Taste of Counselling

Based on a series of case studies and accompanying multiple-choice questions, A Taste of Counselling is a short introductory home study course that will enable you to compare your responses to a range of situations against expert advice, and find out more about how professional counsellors think and work. You'll find out about what counselling involves, increase your understanding of some of the personal qualities it requires, and take a first step towards gaining a professional qualification or continuing your counselling training.



Course requirements

No previous knowledge is required for this course. This is an online course so you will need access to the internet.

Duration of study

As a guideline, you should allow for approximately 15 hours' study time including the assignments. You will have a period of up to 4 months from the date of enrolment to complete this course.


Unit 1: Counselling and counselling skills
  • Objectives
  • What are counselling skills?
  • What is counselling?
  • Contexts for counselling
  • Why is counselling useful?
  • Your ideas about counselling
  • Training as a counsellor

Unit 2: Focus on feelings
  • Objectives
  • Counselling as a different way of relating
  • Creating a safe framework
  • The contract
  • Trust and rapport
  • The importance of feelings as well as facts
  • How clients show feelings
  • How counsellors respond to feelings
  • Difficult feelings

Unit 3: Change - a risky business
  • Objectives
  • The nature of change
  • The need to change
  • Facing up to change
  • Counsellors as catalysts for change
  • The role of feelings in change
  • Motivation to train


This course has:
  • 3 computer-marked assignments

Set texts and resources

There are no additional set texts.

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

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How to enrol

There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
  • Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above.
  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team.
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
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What our students say...

"I have enjoyed studying as the material is easy to follow and very clear. It is good to not be under pressure and to be able to take your own time over assignments. I am now studying for a Foundation Degree and feel the study skills I have developed with NEC have been a great help to me."
— Gillian Garman