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Level 4

Therapeutic Counselling


2 years


Rush Green Campus


Sept 2023


Higher Education



Train to become a Counsellor by achieving our advanced CPCAB counselling qualification.

Learn how to support people experiencing emotional difficulties or challenges.

Over the course of this 2-year programme, you'll learn all the skills required to work as a Therapeutic Counsellor for an agency.

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You will need to build an evidence-based portfolio throughout this course.

You will study 6 hours per week, plus 5 Saturday workshops covering various topics relevant to your qualification.

You'll need to have gained the Level 2 and 3 counselling skills and theory to be able to study on our level 4 programme.

You'll also need to source your own placement for the 2nd year of the programme.

Entry to this course is dependent on the outcome of a Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) check.

You'll volunteer as a counsellor and will need to achieve a minimum of 100 supervised hours in a formal counselling agency. Your placement will give you further work experience and contact with employers.

Successfully completing the course means you can progress to Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, which will enable you to work in private practice. You could also move on to study at degree-level in counselling.

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Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.