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Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB Level 4 Diploma

counselling Part-time adults


Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB Level 4 Diploma

Validated by the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body), this course is aimed at those who are interested in developing their skills to advanced counselling practitioner level, and/or wish to progress on to the CPCAB’s Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5 Diploma (formerly known as Higher Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling). You will cover a range of units designed to help you further your training as a professional counsellor and work with clients at a deeper psychological level.

Please note: This course is 2 years classroom based learning plus an optional further year to complete placement hours if necessary.

Course information

Entry requirements

NOTE: You will only be accepted on the course by an essential interview with a member(s) of the Counselling Team. You must also bring a copy of all certificates (from other training organisations and colleges) to the interview.

The interview days are as follows: 

  • Monday, 16 May
  • Monday, 23rd May
  • Monday, 6th June
  • Monday, 13th June
  • Monday, 20th June

You need to hold:

  • Both CPCAB Counselling Skills and Counselling Studies Intermediate Certificates, OR
  • Counselling equivalent Level 2 & Level 3 qualifications (a minimum study requirement of 180 guided learning hours, including theory and skills).

You will also need to provide evidence that you are committed to working safely and ethically within a counselling setting, submitting a paper of approximately 500 words with your application outlining your previous professional and personal development. You will be required to attend an interview to assess your suitability for this course, and you will be invited to complete a comprehensive skills test to assess your academic ability.

Progressing to Year Two will be subject to you successfully completing all assignment work in Year One, starting a work placement, as well as a tutor assessment of your readiness for client work.

Course content

You will be expected to:

  • Work ethically & Safely as an Agency Counsellor
  • Work within a Counselling Relationship
  • Work with Client Diversity
  • Work within a User-Centered Agency Approach
  • Work with Self-Awareness in the Counselling Process
  • Work within a Framework.

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment will comprise portfolio production, essays, case studies, seminars, presentations, personal journal, audio/video tape assessment. This will also involve self, peer and tutor assessment.

You will need to complete all of your first year assessments during the first year to progress on to the second year of this course (CPCAB permit one gap year). During the second term of Year 2 you will be assessed to measure your ability to manage a 30 minute counselling session and you will need to complete a paper evidencing skills and understanding from seven areas of capability. You will also be required to complete a Candidate Learning Record evidencing your development over two years. You will also undertake a work placement within a counselling agency.

Further study and career options

Successful completion of the Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 Diploma will demonstrate that you have developed an advanced counselling capability to work within an agency setting.

Additional information
  • The training is in the person-centered therapeutic model.
  • When booking a holiday, consider the attendance requirement, and make sure that it doesn’t extend longer than one session.
  • Dual relationships, such as close relationships and family members are not permitted.
  • This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of significant emotional difficulty or confusion as it will involve personal disclosure associated with personal developmental activities.


Available Courses
Tresham College Wellingborough campus
Starts: 13/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 3 years
Day(s): Tuesday
Time(s): 9:30am - 5:00pm
Fees: £2,085.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.
Bedford College
Starts: 15/09/2022
Type: Part Time
Length: 3 years
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:30am - 4:30pm
Fees: £2,085.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol on one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.