Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 


Next course commences September 2024 (subject to minimum numbers)

It will take place on Thursday, 3.00pm to 9.30pm.

New Monday course now available from 3.00pm to 9.30pm. 

Fees: £3,295.00 (installment plan available)


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 and writing a case study of 3,500 words based upon client work in an agency setting.

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.