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 indepth 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. You may be interviewed the first 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?

The next available course will commence Wednesday 11th September 2024 subject to sufficient numbers

Course Duration:  36 weeks plus 12 Saturdays 

Time:  One evening a week (Wednesdays) 5.30pm to 9.00pm (term time only) plus 12 Saturdays

Wednesdays – Christopher Journeaux
2024 –Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, Nov 6, 13, 20, 27, Dec 4, 11, 18
2025 – Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 26, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 23, 30 May 7, 14, 21, Jun 4, 11, 18, 25, Jul 2

Saturdays – Adam Montgomery
2024 – Sept 21, Oct 5, Nov 9, 23, Dec 14,
2025 – Jan 25, Feb 8, Mar 29, April 26, May 17, June 14, July 5

Venue: Highlands College Campus plus various Saturday venues




What will I study on this course?

There are 7 mandatory units:

  • Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
  • Working within a counselling relationship
  • Working with client diversity in counselling work
  • Working within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
  • Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
  • Working self-reflectively as a counsellor


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. On successful completion of year1, you will be able to enrol for year 2.


Will I go out on work experience?

Candidates are required to source and secure a placement area in order to complete their required 100 hours of practice and supervision. These are agreed with your course tutor prior to starting any placement 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 fro placment and supervision. Students are also required to undertake 30 hours of personal therapy.


What does this course lead on to?

Potential employment as a counsellor within an agency.


How much will it cost?

Costs for Year 1 are £2687.00 ( this cost will be the same for year 2 ) – 

This does not include personal therapy or supervision costs.


How can I find out more?

For further information please contact: counsellingcourses@highlands.ac.uk      


Extra Info

A minimum of 80% attendance is required to claim the qualification


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