Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 

 

Centres: Hillingdon and Dudley

Next course scheduled for September 2019 (subject to minimum numbers)

Proposed days:
• Hillingdon course 1: Wednesday 3pm to 9.30pm
• Hillingdon course 2: Tuesday 3pm to 9.30pm
• Dudley course: Saturday 10am to 4.30pm  

Fees: £2,795 (installment plan available; £2,595 if paid in full before start of course - regional discounts may apply)


This two-year part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.

This qualification is designed to lead to employment or a voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings.

The course involves 420 hours (210 hours per year) of classroom work in a small groups, including practising counselling skills.

Through teaching and practical exercise, you will learn more about the field of counselling theory and practice.

There is a work placement requirement of 100 fully supervised client hours in an agency setting, normally undertaken in the latter part of year 1 or early in year 2.

There is also a personal therapy requirement of 20 hours.

Seven mandatory units are covered:

• Unit 1: Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
• Unit 2: Working within a counselling relationship
• Unit 3: Working with client diversity in counselling work
• Unit 4: Working within a user-centred approach to counselling
• Unit 5: Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
• Unit 6: Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
• Unit 7: Working self-reflectively as a counsellor

Those wishing to take part must be at least 19 years old, and must have achieved a Level 3 in counselling studies or an equivalent qualification.

At the end of the course there is an external assessment that involves preparing a 30-minute recording of a therapy session based upon a role play where the student demonstrates the skills learned to date.

In addition, an external assessment paper is set where the student comments reflectively on their recorded session and also answers questions on counselling theory and ethical considerations.

Students must be assessed as proficient on both aspects of the external assessment and also on their classroom participation and their journal entries.

This course is supported by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Read more about the course here.

Students who pass the course can progress to the next level of counselling training, which is the Level 5 Diploma in CBT skills and theory

To enrol or to find out more, call us on 01895 254660 and we will guide you through the process.