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 really enjoyed this course. The online format has made it possible for me to attend. The teaching has been clear and supportive. I’ve been surprised at how in-depth this level 2 course has been – I feel really well equipped to continue down this path and learn more.”

Naomi Mcleod

CPCAB Level 2 student, March 2023

Level 3 Counselling Course Online

Develop greater self-awareness, including understanding your own personality, history and relationships

CPCAB Level 3

Learn how to work with clients to establish needs and expectations and maintain the focus on these

CPCAB Courses

Understand differences and diversity issues to improve your empathetic awareness

CPCAB Counselling Course

Identify and explore theories of counselling and mental health, helping you to better understand clients

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:

Astranti Connect course Typical local college course
Develop counselling skills

Experienced tutors

5+ years of experience

Course workbook

Specialist provider

Qualifying BACP hours

Experiential learning

CPCAB accredited

Additional online practice groups

Online course videos

Payment by instalments

Not as standard
Compare CPCAB Level 3 Courses

Seminar subscription included for free!

With two live sessions every month, our seminars cover lots of really interesting 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.

What’s more, you’ll also be able to access our entire backlog of recorded sessions. 

Typically worth £300 a year when purchased individually, you’ll have full access to our seminars for the duration of your course. Learn more.

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.

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: