Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 CPCAB Diploma

Train to be a qualified counsellor and become qualified to work in a counselling agency.

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  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Guildford College

This course is also available from Bracknell and Wokingham College.


On completing a further period of study and/or experience you will be able to work in private practice. It is also a valuable qualification for a wide range of occupational roles involving working with people.

Those who have already completed levels two and three in counselling and want to train to become a fully qualified counsellor.

By studying with us, you will directly benefit from:

  • Well-qualified and experienced tutors who are practicing counsellors
  • Validation through the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) the largest awarding organisation in the field of counselling, with more than 150 approved training centres and over 11,000 candidates qualifying with them each year
  • High success rates

Please be aware that professional body registration costs of £718 are payable on enrolment as part of the first-year fees.

  • Fee for year 1 will be £2335 tuition plus £718 registration
  • Fee for year 2 will be £2335 tuition
There are 7 units that need to be satisfied to successfully complete the course which are:


1: Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
2: Working within a counselling relationship
3: Working with client diversity in counselling work
4: Working with a user-centred approach to counselling
5: Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
6: Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
7: Working self-reflectively as a counsellor
The theoretical modules are based on person-centred and psychodynamic theory.

You will learn via a combination of:

  • classroom discussion
  • presentations
  • lectures
  • DVDs
  • skills exercises
  • role plays

Homework: You will need to allow plenty of time for reading, reflecting and writing assignments. You will also be required to attend personal therapy and find and attend a placement including attending supervision (100 client hours with a minimum of 5 clients needed to pass the course).

This course qualifies you to work as a counsellor in an agency setting and is an important step towards being able to work in private practice.

Completion of a further Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (120 hours) prepares you to work fully independently, such as in a private practice, for example.

Alternatively you could study the Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5 CPCAB Diploma, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Level 5 CPCAB Diploma, or an Open University Foundation Degree.

You could also go into private practice after a period of working as an agency counsellor. You may also be eligible to study on the BA (Hons) ‘top up’ degree at Guildford College if you have Accredited Prior Learning at Level 5, or a tutor recommendation for Level 6 study.

Successful interview process.

You also need to have the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies or their equivalent recognised qualifications and GCSE English grade 4/C.


When applying, please fill in your application form as completely as you can as it forms an important part of the selection process.

We will need to know which (if any) previous counselling courses you have either completed or are in the process of completing and at which level. Please let us know the awarding body for the counselling course(s) you’ve done and, for qualifications other than NCFE or CPCAB, we will need to know the total course hours.

Please also write a detailed personal statement.

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