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Therapeutic Counselling - Level 4 CPCAB Diploma

Higher Education

Course Overview

This two year Counselling Practitioner course is intended for those who want to train as professional Counsellors in an agency setting. Successful completion will enable learners to provide a therapeutic counselling service within an agency framework and also progress to independent practice after further training and/or practice.

On completion candidates will:

  • Acquire a comprehensive ability in both Counselling skills and theory
  • Be able to apply their comprehensive knowledge of theory to Counselling skills practice
  • Pursue further career development in their own professional field
  • Achieve a Level 4 Qualification in counselling.

Counselling skills learnt at Level 3 will be further developed including: self-awareness, knowledge and understanding of the skills necessary for further training at Level 5. 

Course Content

Units covered include:

  • The reflective practitioner
  • Therapeutic practice 
  • Deeper understanding of the Integrative Model including Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Existential, TA Transactional Analysis and CBT

During the course students will be required to:

  • attend clinical supervision on a monthly basis for at least 1½ hours
  • undertake personal therapy - attending a minimum of 60 one-hour counselling sessions

Additional costs:

  • Counselling (60 hrs over two years) between £35.00 and £50.00 per session
  • BACP Registration between £40 and £80 per year
  • Public Liability Between £30.00 and £80.00 per year
  • Supervision (if not provided within the agency) between £50 and £80 per 1 to 1.5 sessions.

Entry Requirement

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.

All applicants will require to be interviewed. Assignments will need to be typed so applicants must be IT literate. The course covers 420 hours of study over the two  years.


Learning and Reflective Journal, written and maintained throughout the course covering at least 80% of the course sessions, practical role-play assessments, 100 hours counselling placement with relevant agency, eight written essays over two years and an exam in Year Two.

Where does this course lead to

Progression onto Level 5 Counselling qualification.

How to Enrol

To enrol on this course you will first need to have a telephone interview with the course tutor - please email information@bcot.ac.uk with your contact details or telephone 01256 306484 to arrange. You will then be provided with an enrolment code.

Course is now full

Course Outline

Course Code: PPBL015
Study Mode: Higher Education
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 09/09/2019
Day & Time: Mon 9.15am to 4.30pm
Duration: 2 Years
Tuition Fees: TBC (previously £4031.00)
Registration Fees: £639.00
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