Counselling Practice Diploma Level 4

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    Part Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2023


This Level 4 Counselling Practice Diploma is aimed at those whose qualification goal is to achieve professional status in counselling.

The course will enable you to embark on practice working within an ethical framework.

The course has three mandatory units, and four optional units and will be offered over a two-year period.

After you have developed knowledge and understanding in the main approaches to counselling, you will evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of a core chosen approach/model of counselling.

Although the course is primarily aimed at those who want to work towards achieving counselling status. It will also prove useful to those with existing counselling training who regularly use counselling skills in other roles.

You will be expected to secure an appropriate placement with support from tutors, the placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner.

Upon successful completion of this course, the qualification you will achieve is the AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice.

Please note - Learners studying a Health and Social Care course need to meet current Government legal requirements relating to COVID-19 vaccination status when working in the health and social care sector. This means learners must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, this includes being double vaccinated and having received a booster. Learners need to meet this legal requirement to be able to attend placement, without attending placement learners cannot complete their qualifications.

If you think you may be medically exempt from the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination. Learners will need to provide evidence of an NHS Covid pass medical exemption. There is further guidance on how to apply for a medical exemption and prove you are unable to get vaccinated on the government website.

What will I do?

You must achieve three mandatory components and four optional components to achieve this qualification.

Mandatory Components

  • Supervised practice in counselling
  • Counselling Theory
  • Counselling Theory a chosen approach

Optional Components

  • Working with anxiety
  • Working with depression
  • Working with grief and loss
  • Working with groups
  • Working with children and young people
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Working with addictive behaviour

The entry qualifications for the Level 4 Counselling Practice Diploma is a Level 3 Counselling Skills Diploma.

You will also require a Level 2 qualification in English Language or equivalent.

The Level 4 Counselling Practice Diploma will take you two years to complete.

You will attend College one evening a week, dates and times will be confirmed upon enrolment. Tutor contact, additional reading, studying and supervised counselling is also required on a weekly basis.

The Level 4 Counselling Skills Diploma will cost £2882.

Please note, you will also be required to pay a BACP membership fee (see for costs) as well as your own supervision sessions during placement (dependant on counsellors used).

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701.

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

You will be assessed through externally set and externally marked written examination and assignments. You will also be required to undertake 100 hours of logged counselling practice.

You could progress onto a Level 5 qualification in Counselling.

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