CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (Year 1)

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CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Counselling (Year 1)

Who is this course for?

This is the first year of a two year course.  This course provides the opportunity to complete counselling training. It is suitable for those wishing to pursue a professional qualification which will enable them to work in counselling agency settings.  It is also for those who work in related fields and wish to engage in an in depth exploration of human development and therapeutic relating skills.


What are the entry requirements for the course?

In order to join the programme candidates will need to have achieved accreditation in both Level 2 Counselling Skills and Counselling Studies at Intermediate Level 3 or recognised equivalents.  You will be interviewed for each year of this two year course.  You will need to show experience and significant learning points from your previous courses and be working in a relevant area (this can be as a volunteer).



How long is this course?

Course start date: Monday 4th September 2017

Monday evenings:   5.30- 9.00pm plus the following 12 Saturdays:

7th & 14th October

25th November

2nd December

27th January

3rd February

17th & 24th March

9th, 16th & 30th June

7th July


(Subject to availability progression through the counselling courses is not always guaranteed.  This course will only run if there are sufficient numbers)


What Qualification will I gain?

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. This course is validated by CPCAB and, in conjunction with the Intermediate level qualifications, this programme satisfies the required number of hours for individual application to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) for accreditation.


Will I go out on work experience?

Candidates are required to source a placement area in order to complete thier required 100 hours of practie and supervision. These are agreed with your course tutor prior to strating any placment hours.


How is the course assessed?

By external examination, essay, journals, role play and the supervised study of eight one-to-one sessions. It also has a placement requirement of 100 hours minimum of supervised counselling practice.  Of this 100 hours at least 70 must be with adults. Support will be provided in establishing a placement but it will be the candidate’s responsibility to make formal arrangements.


What does this course lead on to?

Potential employment as a counsellor within an agency.


How much will it cost?

Costs £2,200 – this figure includes your CSCT and CPCAB registration fees and entry to examinations.


How can I find out more?

For further information please contact Chris Gavey: christine.gavey@highlands.ac.uk