Therapeutic Counselling ABC Diploma Level 4

This is a two year course for people wishing to train to become professional counsellors.

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2 Years


Start: 15th September 2020




You will study seven units:

  • Professional organisational units in counselling
    • You will develop an understanding of the essential relationship between counsellors, as professionals, and the organisations and other people with which they may work.  You will explore areas of potential conflict, especially through the existence of different ethical standards and principles.  You will also reflect on the importance of managerial supervision and casework supervision.
  • Counselling in a diverse society
    • You will explore the impact diverse culture and heritage can have on the client/counsellor therapeutic relationship in a multicultural society.  You will also examine power issues within the counselling process.
  • Counselling theory
    • You will analyse one major therapeutic model to influence, inform and empower your practice as a counsellor.  You will also compare other therapeutic models with the major model.
  • Advanced counselling skills
    • You will demonstrate a range of skills illustrating your development as a practitioner.  In addition, you will learn that counselling is a managed activity, with emphasis being given to the importance of opening and closing sessions and a series of sessions.
  • Self-awareness for counsellors
    • This unit aims to enable you to increase self-awareness by analysing and evaluating the impact that counselling theory and practice has on self and relationships.
  • Research methodologies in counselling
    • You will explore the importance of research in counselling.  You will develop your research skills and will learn how to present findings.
  • Counselling placement
    • You will complete this unit linked to supervised counselling placement practice.  You will analyse how your theoretical approach has influenced their practice, and evaluate learning gained from supervision.


You will need to carry out a counselling placement to undertake 100 hours one-to-one client work of 100 hours, this placement requires regular counselling supervision to meet the course requirements. In addition to the course you are required to undergo a minimum of 6 hours of personal therapy.

There is a mandatory requirement to attend a two night residential for each year as part of the course. The cost for this is approximately £180 per year.

Entry Requirements

An interview is essential and you must hold a level 3 counselling-related qualification or equivalent*.  This must be within the last 5 years in order to have current and up to date knowledge and experience to undertake the level 4 qualification and training.

You will also need to complete and submit some pre-interview tasks along with your application.  Please note that the standard of completion of the form and pre-interview tasks will be considered at interview – therefore complete as neatly and accurately as possible; poorly completed forms are likely not to be considered.

You can access the application form here; for the pre-entry tasks please contact Course Information by e-mailing

In the current situation, ideally please scan your application and send it and your pre-interview tasks to:

Interviews (one way or another!) will start to be held from early June.


Please bring to following to with you to your interview:

  • Your completed pre-interview task (if not submitted before interview)
  • A sample of your choice from your learning journal which will have been completed as part of the Level 3 Counselling skills course. Alternatively, if you do not wish to submit a sample from your learning journal, you can provide an independently written reflection. The sample you provide must reflect on your learning during the course and should have be approximately 300 words.
  • Qualifications – Please bring evidence of your qualficiations to interview. You require a minimum of a Level 3 Counselling. You also require a minimum of a GCSE grade 4/C in English Language or equivalent.
  • References – One academic and one reference related to counselling skills practice i.e. within a suitable workplace or substantial voluntary experience (if not submitted before interview)


*In order to meet the entry requirements for this course you would need to demonstrate and evidence you have the equivalent of the level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.  This would include 145 guided learning hours incorporating an understanding of counselling theories (person centred, CBT and Psychodynamic), around 60 hours of structured assessed counselling skills practice,  a module focusing on the professionalism of counselling including working from the BACP ethical framework, boundaries and use of supervision.  Also the ability to demonstrate reflection and self-awareness.


Assessment Methods

Continuous internal and external assessment involving case studies, observed practice, presentations and academic assignments. You will be required to submit a portfolio at the end of the course for external assessment.

There is a two night weekend residential each year for all counselling students. You will carry out a counselling placement of 100 hours of one-to-one work with clients; you will be supervised on your placement to meet the course requirements.

The course requires each student to undergo personal therapy.


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By completing the course you will be awarded the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling allowing you to work as a professional counsellor or move on to study a top-up qualification at another institution.

This course meets current training requirements for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) personal accreditation scheme.

Please note: the training requirements are only part of the BACP entry requirements for personal accreditation.

Fees & Funding

£3,995 tuition fees for two years.  An Advanced Learner Loan is available to cover £2,225 of the fees.

£200 residential costs per year.

£160 exam fee

Total cost £4,555


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    Start date

    2020-09-03 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2022-12-10 00:00:00.000



    Dewsbury Centre

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    Kirklees College