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Therapeutic Counselling - Dipoma Level 4

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Course NameStart DateEnd DateCampusTotal Fees 
L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling21/09/202203/07/2024Bishopsfield Road (Fareham College)£4,670.00Available for applications

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Information about this Course

Study Type
Part Time

Course Area
Health & Science

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C/3 in English and Maths.

Level 2 and 3 Counselling qualification

Aged 19+

Intending to begin work with clients during year 1 of the programme

Emotionally stable with the absence of personality disturbance

Course Information

This two-year course gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context in both health care and non-medical settings. You will develop your knowledge from your previous counselling qualifications. During the course you will cover 7 units.


Unit 1 - Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor

Unit 2 - Working within a counselling relationship

Unit 3 - Working with client diversity in counselling work

Unit 4 - Working within a user-centred approach to counselling

Unit 5 - Working with self-awareness in the counselling process

Unit 6 - Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills

Unit 7 - Working self-reflectively as a counsellor


During these units you will have time to practise and develop your counselling skills, consider your own continuing personal development in counselling, and develop knowledge about human development in relation to counselling.  You are required to complete a period of at least 100 hours of work experience within an agency with a minimum of 5 clients across the 2 year course. 


To complete the course there is both internal and external assessments which occur. To pass the course learners must be classed as ‘Proficient’ in both types of assessments.

A portfolio of evidence is required to be submitted for Internal assessments which includes:

  • Documents being produced such as Learning reviews, self-reviews, case studies, assignments, Client records, Clinical supervision record and Therapy records
  • Tutor observations
  • Testimonies from the Agency work placement
  • A written paper taken under exam conditions and a audio recording of a counselling session are required for external assessment.


At least 100hrs of client work experience is required to achieve the course.  In addition to the taught sessions, there will be some weekend workshops to develop and refine skills.  Students will be provided with group supervision to support their own development and wellbeing during the course. Personal therapy is also encouraged to supplement this. Due to the nature of the course family members cannot enrol together. This course involves learning about sensitive issues, so if you are currently experiencing personal problems it is advised that you delay joining this course until a later date.


Additional Costs:

Some core textbooks may be required although many are able to be borrowed from the ILRC

General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials

Photocopying and printing may be required

If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the college may be able to assist you in arranging this but you will be required to pay for this assessment.

Courses that work with vulnerable people may require a DBS enhanced disclosure check. Often your employer will organise this for you but if you are completing a placement this will cost about £44.


There is the requirement as part of this course to have supervision and personal therapy.  Some group supervision is provided within the class sessions however there is a requirement to have supervision as part of the placement experiences required to complete the course. Some placements will fund supervision however others will not fund this and therefore there may be an additional cost to fund this element.  A minimum of 10hrs personal therapy (much more is encouraged) is also required on top of the supervision hours. Supervision and personal therapy costs can range depending on the individual chosen from the directory to support this. As a guide this can range from £40-£60 per month.


Successful completion of this course means that the candidates will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service within the context of an agency’s service framework. To progress to independent practice students will need further experience or complete a level 5 counselling qualification.