CPCAB Level 3 – Certificate in Counselling Studies Course

Our level 3 course

If you’ve just finished your CPCAB level 2 course or equivalent and want to continue your journey to becoming a counsellor, then our CPCAB level 3 course is perfect for you!

Our level 3 course prepares you for work as a professional counsellor in an agency setting, giving you practical skills to increase your career opportunities and, ultimately, provides the next step towards becoming a qualified counsellor, which can be achieved on completing up to level 4.

At Connect, we believe that counselling is best learned through doing and not through boring lectures and PowerPoint presentations!

Therefore, all our courses are practical in nature, using exercises and discussion to learn, and encourage you to practice your skills as you progress. We believe this ‘experiential’ learning is imperative to developing tangible counselling skills.

Our experienced tutors are committed to supporting you throughout the learning process, providing guidance and assistance at every step, and you’ll get access to our accompanying online video course and course workbooks, meaning you can always revisit key concepts or catch up if you ever miss a session.

You’ll also have access to additional online practice groups, allowing you to further develop your skills outside the standard course hours.

So, if you’re looking to become a qualified counsellor, and want the best advice and training available, our level 3 course provides the ideal course for you.

“I have really enjoyed the course I have completed. The materials, content and tutor support were all excellent. The feedback provided was timely and constructive.

I would happily recommend Astrani Connect, so much so I have already signed up for the next level!

Cheryl Manning

CPCAB Level 3 student, April 2023

“I am currently completing my level 3. I have had amazing support throughout the course. The tutors are extremely supportive and the course is interesting and informative. Glad l have started this amazing journey.

I loved this course.”

Bernadette Fitch

CPCAB Level 3 student, March 2023

CPCAB Level 3 Course

Focused on you

Experienced counsellors supporting you at every stage

Small group sizes so tutors are always on hand

Added to an active online community for peer support

Level 3 Counselling Course

Flexible study options

Classroom or live online learning to suit your needs

Daytime and evening courses are available

Pay with an instalment option to spread payments

Online Counselling Courses

Study with confidence

Course approved by CPCAB and recognised by BACP

Over 20 years of teaching experience

Supported by the Astranti group with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8

What you’ll learn…

Our level 3 course is focused on developing your counselling skills, teaching everything you need to take your next big step towards becoming qualified.

Here are just a few of the skills that you will pick up along the way…

“I have just completed and passed my level 3 counselling CPCAB course with Astranti Connect, after last year finishing level 2. The professionalism, communication and support from my very first enquiry was outstanding..”


CPCAB Level 3 student, June 2024

More about our course content…

Our Level 3 Course invites you to dive deeper into the vibrant world of counselling, offering a rich and comprehensive introduction to the field while setting you on the path to Level 4.

Building on the solid foundation you established at Level 2, you’ll uncover how different agency settings shape the counsellor’s role, equipping you with a versatile toolkit of professional skills. Picture yourself honing essential techniques like setting boundaries, contracting with clients, conducting thorough assessments, and making precise referrals.

Ethics are the heart and soul of effective counselling. Our course unravels the intricacies of working within an ethical framework, teaching you to navigate ethical dilemmas with grace and align with agency policies and procedures. You’ll gain valuable insights into key legislation, ensuring you stay informed and prepared.

Discover a deeper understanding of common mental health problems, their impact on society, and the hallmarks of positive mental health. Embrace the significance of clinical supervision as you receive the vital support and guidance essential for your professional journey.

Our curriculum celebrates the rich tapestry of diversity and difference, empowering you to connect with clients from all walks of life. Embrace a user-centred approach to enhance your ability to work effectively in varied and dynamic contexts.

Explore the fascinating world of key theoretical approaches and their practical applications. Learn to work integratively, blending different techniques to craft bespoke interventions tailored to each client’s unique needs.

Ultimately, our mission is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to shine in diverse counselling settings. Join us on this exciting journey and elevate your counselling expertise.

Level 3 CPCAB course

Seminar subscription and CPCAB digital library included for free!

With two live sessions every month, our seminars cover a variety of fascinating topics and offer plentiful opportunities for collaboration, sharing, and questions. A combination of our in-house tutors and expert guest speakers brings a wide range of experience and expertise to each session. Plus, you’ll also be able to access our entire backlog of recorded sessions.

Additionally, you will get free access to the CPCAB digital library, where you can find the official course books. This enables you to gain additional insights into each of the key course areas, enhancing your knowledge directly from CPCAB’s expert team.

Typically worth £349 a year when purchased individually, you’ll have full access to our seminars and the CPCAB digital library for the whole duration of your course!

How our course compares

At Astranti Connect our aim is to provide the best and most comprehensive CPCAB-accredited counselling courses in the UK, and we are continually developing our courses and training our tutors to achieve that goal.

When you’re comparing our course to others, it’s important to consider what our course offers compared to other typical courses. Here’s a comparison against typical course offered by a local college:

Develop counselling skills
Experienced tutors
5+ years of experience
Course workbook
Specialist provider
BACP-approved course
Experiential learning
CPCAB accredited
Free access to our CPD seminars
Free access to CPCAB library
Payment by instalments
Astranti Connect course
Typical college course
Not as standard
Compare CPCAB Level 3 Courses

How you’ll earn your qualification

Astranti Connect Level 3 Course

The great thing about undertaking a CPCAB course is that it’s recognised nationally and focused on helping you become the best counsellor you can be!

CPCAB courses are formally recognised by BACP (the UK’s leading counselling membership body), so the 90 formal learning hours you pick up on this course will count towards the 450 minimum hours of training required for membership. Membership of an organisation like BACP (or equivalent body) is vital if you wish to become a respected counsellor and work for organisations such as the NHS.

To pass the course, you have to prove your understanding of counselling theory and concepts alongside those skills you learned at level 2. This is primarily assessed practically as you progress through the course – the tutor will gain evidence by observing you demonstrating your skills, awareness and knowledge in practical exercises and sessions. In addition, during the course you will complete a learning review, practice case presentations, give & receive peer feedback and undertake a self-review of your own learning. All of these are also used to provide evidence of your competence and meet the course requirements.

At the end of the course, you will undertake two short assignments which will be assessed by CPCAB.

By completing both the internal assessment within the course and the external assessment with the CPCAB, you will obtain your qualification.

Our team of experienced tutors knows what it takes to make it as a counsellor. After all, they’re all qualified counsellors themselves and continue to be trained regularly in our tutor development programme! Head to our tutor page to meet the level 3 tutors for your course.

What our students say

Please see our testimonials page for our latest student reviews. Here are a couple of examples:

“I am doing my Level 3 course online and although I was worried about how this would work, actually it is really good. The staff and tutors are really supportive.

The course content is available in good timing for your session and there is lots of opportunity to talk to the tutors either before the session or after – couldn’t ask for more! Great company!”

Nicola Puddy

CPCAB Level 2 Student, March 2023

“I am just finishing my second year (level 3) with Astranti Connect and have been so incredibly happy with my studies and time learning here. We have had an incredible, inspirational and thoroughly knowledgeable tutor with whom we have all come to greatly respect (and adore) and as a group we constantly remark about how far we have all come both in personal development and knowledge. I could not recommend highly enough the experience I have had here and am incredibly appreciative of the professionalism, high quality of teaching and support and also the delivery of our course.


CPCAB Level 3 Student, April 2022

Find your course

At Astranti Connect, we understand the importance of providing affordable and flexible study options that cater to your needs and lifestyle.

With our instalment plan, you can spread the cost of your course over 9 months, interest-free.

Depending on your preferences and availability, you can choose between our online and classroom courses, as well as evening and daytime options.

We have multiple course locations across the UK, including Bristol, Devon, Manchester and Sheffield. However, if you can’t make it to one of our regional hubs, we have online courses which can be accessed from anywhere in the country.


Course costs:
£1,186 (our course) + £189 (CPCAB fees)
Total payable: £1,375

Payment options:
Instalment plan: £250 deposit + 9x monthly payments of £125
Full payment: £250 deposit + 1x payment of £1,125

Astranti Connect Level 3 Upcoming Courses

Upcoming courses

Explore our upcoming level 3 courses and find one that suits you.

Level 3 online CPCAB course

Need help choosing your course?

If you’re thinking about joining one of our level 3 courses, but still have questions you need answers to, why not book a 1-2-1 call with one of our course advisors?

Our course advisors are on hand to help you with any queries that you may have about our courses, and our 1-2-1 calls are completely free.

To book your call, find a time slot that suits you on our 1-2-1 booking calendars below: