Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

This two year part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context or private practice.  It is designed to lead to an employed role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. Learners with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice.

This qualification is made up of QCF credit rated units developed in association with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Sector. When combined with the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, it meets the basic training requirement for recognition as a qualified counsellor and also contains supervised placement hours.


The course will cover key areas to specifically include:

  • Approaches in counselling to include person centred, Psychodynamic and CBT
  • Ethics, diversity and professional practice
  • Case management and supervision
  • Self awareness and reflective practice
  • Research skills


Unit One: Professional organisational issues in counselling

In this unit, learners will develop an understanding of the essential relationship between counsellors, as professionals, and the organisations and other people with which they may work. They will explore areas of potential conflict, especially through the existence of different ethical standards and principles. They will also reflect on the importance of managerial supervision and casework supervision

Unit Two: Counselling in a diverse society

In this unit, learners will explore the impact diverse culture and heritage can have on the client/counsellor therapeutic relationship in a multicultural society. They will also examine power issues within the counselling process

Unit Three: Counselling theory

In this unit, learners will analyse one major therapeutic model to influence, inform and empower their practice as a counsellor. They will also compare other therapeutic models with the major model

Unit Four: Advanced counselling skills

Learners will demonstrate a range of skills illustrating their development as practitioners. In addition, they will learn that counselling is a managed activity, with emphasis being given to the importance of opening and closing sessions and a series of sessions

Unit Five: Self-awareness for counsellors

This unit aims to enable learners to increase self-awareness by analysing and evaluating the impact that counselling theory and practice has on self and relationships

Unit Six: Research methodologies in counselling

In this unit, learners will explore the importance of research in counselling. They will develop their research skills and will learn how to present findings

Unit Seven: Counselling placement

This unit linked to supervised counselling placement practice.  You will analyse how theoretical approach has influenced your practice, and evaluate learning gained from supervision.

Please note that this the course engages you in a experiential and self-explorative learning process and you must be willing to commit yourself fully to the personal, professional, theoretical understanding and academic developmental process.  There is also an annual compulsory Residential Weekend which focuses on your personal self-awareness development.

Learners who successfully complete the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling may progress onto Postgraduate and Post Qualifying courses in counselling studies that are designed to enhance the practice, skills and knowledge of a practising counsellor. Many learners progress towards national accreditation status with professional lead bodies such as the BACP


With this course you will have access to your own personal tutor who, it is your personal tutor's role to ensure that you receive constructive feedback and to deal with any queries you may have. You are more than welcome to telephone, fax or email your personal tutor.

You will also have access to a dedicated and friendly team of administrators and course advisors who offer sound and professional guidance and advice when you need it. This ensures that you will never feel neglected and that you will always succeed!


Assessment is continuous throughout the course and you build a widespread portfolio of evidence which includes case studies, essays, client and supervision logs, video recordings, a group research project and personal and professional development work. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.



This programme will require you to attend the Rapha Well-being centre for 1 day a week over 2 years  from 10.00am to 4.30pm.  You will undertake a range of group and one-to-one activities.

Light refreshments are provided.



As part of this programme you will be required to undertake 100 hours of supervised counselling practice with a reputable organization.  You will be provided with assistance to find a suitable placement, however the responsibility to secure a placement will be yours.  You may be able to undertake a supervised placement with The Rapha Project, however placements are limited.



Whilst on the course you can apply for student membership of the BACP.


£3,500.00 -  What's included

  • · All study materials – including access to e-resources via our online platform
  • · Full Tutor and Admin support
  • · The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee


You must be 19 or over
Counselling Skills Level 3 Certificate  or  have work experience as volunteer counsellor or within the helping profession


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