About the training

The level 4 counselling diploma leads to a nationally regulated qualification awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) – the only Ofqual approved awarding body to specialise in the field of counselling and supervision.

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

It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings.

Learners with additional training and sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice.

The course curriculum includes:

  • Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
  • Working within a counselling relationship
  • Working with client diversity in counselling work
  • Working within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
  • Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and
  • Working self-reflectively as a counsellor

Download a level 4 candidate learning guide click here

3 day residential retreat

In the second year, students are given the opportunity to experience a three-day residential retreat at a local retreat centre.

This year the retreat was held at Sharpham. Students have fed back that the retreat ‘surpassed their expectations.’

They really loved the environment,  the landscape, the house, the tranquility and the overall beauty.

The majority of the retreat is held in silence. Tutors hold the space with compassion and mindful awareness.

The assessment process

To achieve the qualification candidates must be assessed by the tutor as proficient in all learning outcomes and assessment criteria of all seven units of the qualification, and externally assessed by CPCAB as proficient.

Course work includes:

  Learning review, two self-reviews, two case studies with real clients, two case presentations, two essays, a research project, a client record (100 placement hours with a minimum of five different clients), a clinical supervision record, a personal counselling record (20 hours by the end of the course) and a personal journal.

External assessment

Candidate must complete at least two-thirds of the course before undertaking the external assessment.  The external assessment for this qualification requires candidates to produce a 30-minute audio recording of a counselling practice session (using one of the several role plays provided by CPCAB) and then to complete a written candidate review paper under invigilation. This  is an integrated assessment across all seven units of the qualification.

Course fees and payment options

Payment Options

Course Fees £2100 per year

  1. Deposit £250 plus 10 monthly payments
  2. Four payment of £550 payable on the 1 Set 16, 1 Dec 17, 1 Mar 17 and 1 June 2017.
  3.  5% discount if full fee paid before the course start date.
  4. We accept payment by credit card.

The mindfulness element of the course has been crucial to resourcing myselfIts integration into our weekly sessions has been so helpful.

Your professionalism and integrity gives the course a strength and modelling of an ethical way to practice’. Year 2 student.