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Counselling — Level 4 Diploma

Course information

The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is concerned with the training of counsellors to a professional level of competency. As a pre-requisite for admission to the Diploma course learners must possess a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills or an equivalent qualification.
Learners will further develop the knowledge, skills and self-development gained from their Level 3 experience. It is required that learners will be involved in placement with rigorous and qualified casework supervision. This should enable an interchange of experiences between the placement and the classroom work on a constant basis.
The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling qualification aims to:
• Meet the for basic training at a professional level for recognition as a qualified counsellor;
• provide further developed skills, including a 100-hour practice component under supervision;
• create a reflective practitioner;
• Develop a deep understanding of one therapeutic model approach with knowledge of two others (‘integrative’ can be a model under the approach).
The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is designed for those learners who are seeking to be professionally qualified counsellors.
Modules of study:
• Unit 1 Professional Organisational Issues in Counselling
• Unit 2 Counselling in a Diverse
• Unit 3 Counselling Theory.
• Unit 4 Advanced Counselling Skills
• Unit 5 Self-awareness
• Unit 6 Research Methodologies in Counselling
• Unit 7 Counselling Placement
Assessment will be through written assignments and portfolio of evidence.


Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

This course leads to...

Learners who successfully complete the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling may progress onto Postgraduate and Post Qualifying courses in counselling studies that are designed to enhance the practice, skills and knowledge of a practising counsellor. This provides academic progression alongside a recognised career pathway. It combines the professional aspects, e.g. theoretical knowledge, counselling skills development, self-appraisal and commitment to provision of an ethical quality service and professional development element, which is necessary to ensure that the counsellor is fit to practice.

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19+. Learners must have successfully completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills. Progression to Level 4 is not necessarily automatic.?We will also test learners' suitability for the Level 4 course in a written exercise and at interview.

Why study with us?

You will be supported by teachers who are also qualified and practicing counsellors who operate within professional businesses.
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Course ID: 163549

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 2 Years


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for21/22 is 2225.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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