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  • Level: 4
  • Study Mode: Part-time
  • Start Date: 28 September 2023
  • Time: 5.30 – 8.30pm
  • Duration: 2 years

About the course

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After you have developed knowledge and understanding in the main approaches to counselling, you will evaluate the underlying concepts and principles of a core chosen approach to/model of counselling. You will learn how the chosen approach views human development and psychological change, with comparison to another approach. You will also understand the practical application of your chosen approach to clinical practice. The placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner.

Entry requirements

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling

English Level 2

How much does it cost?

The fee for this course is: £3495

Additional associated course costs apply e.g. BACP student Membership (Approx.  £86), DBS Check (Approx. £43) and Indemnity Insurance. 


Student loan of up to £2882 is available towards the cost of this course. 

Who is it suitable for?

You must be over 21 years of age to study this course.

Awarding Body

AIM Qualifications

Why study?

After successfully completing this course, you will have a level 4 qualification and can apply for accreditation from the BACP to enable you to be a counsellor.

  • Assessments use ‘reflective learning’ techniques to encourage self-development, mirroring common practice in the counselling industry.
  • Focus on applied practice, not just theory.
  • Developed in partnership with professional, practicing counsellors who are experts who understand the industry. 
  • It includes 100 hours of industry placement experience 
  • Level 4 qualification has been designed (as far as possible) to meet the registration and membership requirements of both the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapist Registered membership

A National Counselling Society Accredited Course

Where will this course take me?

  • Counsellor within the Health and Social Care Area
  • Counsellor with the NHS
  • Counsellor within education
  • Counsellor for Victim Support
  • Counsellor for MIND
  • Level 5 Counselling 
  • Level 4 HNC Health Care Practice
  • Level 3 e-Learning Dementia Care

Core modules

  • Supervised Practice in Counselling (Mandatory) 
  • Counselling Theory (Mandatory)
  • Counselling Theory A chosen approach (Mandatory)

Optional modules

  • Counselling in organisations
  • Blended Practice
  • Working with Anxiety
  • Working with Groups

How will I be assessed?

  • Essays
  • Role Plays
  • Written examination
  • Scenario Analysis
  • Presentations
  • Work experience observations
  • In-house assessment for accreditation with the BACP

Will I have to provide anything?



Paper, pens, highlighters and plastic wallets


I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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