Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 CPCAB

This part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context. It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary 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. The course is delivered one day a week over two years.

  • Course Information
    • Price
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 4 / Diploma
    • Study Mode
      Part Time
    • Course Location
      Chorley Campus (day time)
    • Age Group
      Adults (19+)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    The course involves experiential elements and learning that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal development activities. The course incorporates a minimum of 100 hours formally-contracted counselling (one-to-one), with at least 5 different clients in an agency setting and will cover the following units:

    • Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
    • Working within a counselling relationship
    • Working with client diversity in counselling work
    • Working within a user-centred approach to counselling
    • Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
    • Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
    • Working self-reflectively as a counsellor

    The awarding body for this course is the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). This is a UK awarding body that is managed by professional counselling practitioners, trainers and supervisors. It is the only awarding body in Europe to specialise in the field of

    In addition, you will be expected to join the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a student member (priced at £82 per year or a reduced fee of £41 per year for students with no personal income or who are receiving certain state benefits as of March 2019).

    There will also be a mandatory two night residential trip during the course which promises to be a very valuable learning and personal development experience. This cost is included in the course fees.


    *The course fee includes the tuition fee, student insurance, counselling sessions, supervision, DBS check and the mandatory residential.
    An Advanced Learner Loan is available, subject to eligibility criteria. The course fee does not include BACP membership.

  • Entry Requirements

    You must have obtained both CPCAB qualifications: Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, or their equivalent with a previous 180 hours of counselling skills training. All applicants must be at least 19 years of age.

    In addition, you must not be in a current state of severe emotional difficulty or severe psychological confusion and you must not be currently involved in substance misuse (there is a requirement to be two years’ post-rehabilitation).

    Applicants need to be able to handle the level of academic work required and show a willingness to take responsibility for oneself. They must be able to respect others regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

    You will also be required to submit a 1000 word statement discussing your reasons for applying to this course along with a recent academic reference. Furthermore, you will also need to have an interview to assess your eligibility which will include a group activity.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is ongoing and made up of self-assessment, peer feedback, tutor assessment, written assignments, case studies and presentations.

    You will also need to produce a portfolio of documentary evidence based around the units outlined above. This will include assignments, supervision records, a personal therapy record, an agency record,
    case studies and self-reviews.

    Year 2 features an external assessment, which involves submitting a 30-minute audio recording and associated candidate review paper (currently two hours) taken under exam conditions and assessed by CPCAB.

  • Progression Pathway

    Successful completion of this course will allow you to apply for higher level qualifications. Please be aware that if your long term goal is to work in an area with vulnerable adults or any person under the age of 18, it will be necessary to undergo a disclosure and barring services (DBS) check at your place of employment. If you have a criminal conviction this may exclude you from working in some job roles.

    You must be prepared to comply with the vetting procedures for those working with vulnerable adults, children and young people as required by current legislation (ie undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check). A charge of £44* for processing DBS applications will be made; this fee is included in the course fees. *Price correct at Jan 20120.

  • Safeguarding

    Runshaw College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.

  • Health, Safety & Well-Being

    Runshaw College is committed to ensuring you have a happy, successful and productive time with us – ensuring your health, safety and well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

    We proactively encourage the disclosure of any disabilities or issues which may impact on your learning experience – this can be at interview, enrolment, or at any other stage during your studies. Any information you disclose will be held in strict confidence and will be used to assess your in-class support needs and inform a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP) to ensure your safe evacuation from the College in the event of an emergency. If you would like further information, please contact Course Enquiries on 01772 642040.

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  • Delivery Method - Online

    This course is currently delivered fully online. This is under regular review and any changes will be updated here.