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Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

At a Glance


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

  • Successfully completing this course means you are a qualified counsellor

  • Requires a CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and a CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (or their equivalent) to enrol and be 19 years old.

  • BACP approved qualification

  • Course fee - Total course fee is £6,980. A £500 deposit is required when accepted onto the course, the remainder due when the course commences. This can be paid off in full with a one-time payment of £6,480 or with thirty-six monthly payments of £180

  • 420 guided learning hours

  • 120 academic credits

  • 36 weekly training sessions in each academic year

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This course teaches you to work as an ethical and effective counsellor.  Spanning two years You will learn an integrative approach, which blends ideas and concepts from four different counselling theories, preparing you to work with a diverse range of clients and issues.

We use our own model of integration called The Connections Model as a part of this course opening up a holistic view of mental health and well-being.

Each session is delivered in an experiential and creative way. A typical session begins with an opportunity for mindfulness and is followed by learning on a particular theory, skill or concept. The afternoons give you the chance to put these into practice in a safe and reflective setting.

The value of the therapeutic relationship is proven by research to be central to effective counselling and we place great emphasis on this aspect of the training by embedding Person-Centred concepts at the heart of our way of working.


There is a requirement for you to undertake a minimum of 10 hours of personal counselling during each year of the course.

This course real practical experience of working as a counsellor and you will need to complete 100 hours of practice in a placement setting as a part of this training.


The course will teach you to:


  • Work ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor.

  • Work within a therapeutic relationship.

  • Work with client diversity.

  • Work within a user-centred approach.

  • Work with self-awareness as a part of the counselling process.

  • Work within a coherent framework of theory and skills.

  • Work self-reflectively.

We look forward to welcoming you onto the course soon!

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Level 4 in More Detail


We use a unique model to allow you to draw upon a range of counselling theories and concepts.  We call our model The Connections Model. This model integrates really valuable counselling skills and ideas into practice. The Connections Model has been developed by our course director through years of counselling and psychotherapy practice and is based on the latest research being done within the counselling world. The Connections model helps counsellors to understand how mental health and wellbeing issues can be caused by a lack of connection between the different aspects of ourselves, our environment and to others.


The Connections model helps counsellors work in a way that will benefit a wide range of client problems, by helping them to establish and develop connections. Our level 4 course will show you how to use The Connections Model to integrate a range of theories including Person Centred, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Transpersonal and some Psychodynamic ideas into a coherent way of working with clients.


At the heart of our model is the belief that the counselling relationship is the most important aspect for client outcomes. Current research shows that this belief is well-founded.  Our level course 4 will help you to develop your own interpersonal skills as well as your understanding of some of the most well-used counselling theories. 


We have an information sheet that explains our model in greater detail, available on request.

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