CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Course code: CSAP100P

Subject area: Counselling

Study level: Part Time

Course level: 4

Course details

9:00am - 5:00pm


24th Sep 2020 - 10th Jun 2022

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

This two-year part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context. It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings.

This is professional, humanistic integrative training. Students will be introduced to a variety of theoretical approaches, including person-centred, Transactional Analysis and Transpersonal Perspectives. Certain units will be student-led, allowing participants the opportunity to focus on their own areas of interest.

Personal counselling – a minimum of 30 hours face-to-face personal therapy during the course.

Client work – a minimum of 100 hours formally-contracted counselling (one-to-one) with at least 5 different clients in an agency setting. Cancellations and non-attends do not count towards this total.

Supervision – candidates require clinical supervision for their agency client work. In addition, candidates require 30-50 hours group training supervision as part of the course.

Subject specialist lecturers will also be employed to deliver a certain area of expertise.

There are 7 mandatory 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.
Students can progress to Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling or Level 6 Diploma in Clinical Supervision. On completion of the course, once in clinical practice, counsellors can work towards accredited recognition by a professional body such as BACP or UKCP.
Must be 21 years of age or older. Qualifications already obtained must include the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (or equivalent). An agency placement is also required in order to complete a minimum of 100 client hours which must be completed within the two year course duration. Entry is by interview and employer references will be taken.

English Language Requirements (For students whose first language is not English): IELTS 6.0 (with 6.0 in reading and writing, 5.5 in listening and speaking).

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information and local representatives who can help you to apply, please have a look at our country specific information pages.
If you need a student visa to enter the UK, you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements.

We include students with disabilities and/or learning difficulties into the life of the College and seek to offer opportunities for success in all courses at all levels. If you have any particular requirements, please contact our Learner Support Adviser on 01235 216440.
Home/EU tuition fee £4,670.
Additional costs:
- a variety of textbooks are available in the College and online, however students may wish to purchase their own copies. Prices of core text books range from £15-55.
o Counselling (minimum of 30 hrs over two years) between £35.00 and £50.00 per session
o Supervision (if not provided within the agency) between £50 and £80 per 1 to 1.5 sessions. A total of 12.5 hours over 2 years

Due to COVID-19 we are not currently planning any trips as part of your course. If we are able to organise trips during your course, the cost of these will be communicated to you at the time. Trips are optional, and you will not be penalised if you choose not to participate. Bursaries may also available to cover the cost of some trips.

There are bursaries available to help you with other course cost, call 01235 216 298 for more information.

The 19+ full fee button displays the full fee that may apply, the rules on fee reduction are complicated and we would encourage you to talk to our Admissions staff on 01235 555 585 to discuss your options. Also see the Course Fees & Finance page by searching Fees and bursaries link at the top of the screen.

16 - 18 Fee

19+ Fee

Tuition Fee: £4,670.00
Exam Fee: £0.00

Total Cost: £4,670.00

19+ Reduced Fee

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
Candidates must be proficient in both internal and external assessment to achieve the qualification. Internal assessment: tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment requirements, and verified by CPCAB. External assessment: externally assessed audio recording of counselling session with a peer, plus an associated written paper taken under exam conditions and assessed by CPCAB.