Course Title ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Level: 4
Code 18

Overview of the Course

This qualification gives you practitioner status to conduct yourself as a counselling practitioner. The diploma enables you to develop your therapeutic counselling skills and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of counselling in a therapeutic setting. You will be provided with an opportunity to develop counselling skills within organisational and ethical frameworks, consider a diverse clientele within society and the impact of counselling for clients. Research, theory and self awareness, combined with a 100 hour supervised placement will equip you to meet the demands of employers in a demanding yet exciting profession.

What topics will I study?

The topics covered include: Professional organisational issues in counselling – ethics, standards, supervision, confidentiality, boundaries, potential organisational conflict and relationships. Counselling in a diverse society – impact of difference on client and counsellor relationship and cultural impact on therapeutic relationship. Advanced counselling skills – managing therapeutic counselling work and placing emphasis on the stages of counselling and the importance. Counselling theory – analysis of one model of counselling and comparisons of other therapeutic models. Research methodologies – recognise the importance of research in counselling practice. Self-awareness for counsellors – relating theory to practice and consider the importance of self in relation to others and the therapeutic relationship. Counselling placement (100 hours of client contact) – linking theory to practice and evaluation of supervisory process in relation to client and counsellor.

Who is this course aimed at?

The course is aimed at those who are obtaining and securing employment within the counselling field or for those who completed a Diploma in Counselling within a different qualification framework. You may have also completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills.


Successful completion of this qualification can lead to a Postgraduate and Post qualifying course in counselling studies and specialist counsellor training, e.g. Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Diploma in Hypnotherapy, Diploma in Working with Children and Young People.

What are the entry requirements?

You are required to have completed a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills as a pre-requisite for admission to the Diploma. There is also group and individual interviews prior to admission and information sessions regarding experimental learning and interaction with others and self. You are also required to complete an application form and provide references from previous Level 3 tutors.


Two academic years.


End date is June 2019.


You are expected to attend class on a Monday or Tuesday depending on your chosen option from 10am-3pm or 1pm-6pm as well as completing client contact hours outside of the course time and supervision.


The cost of this course is £2,882 plus payment for two residentials (one per academic year at an approximate cost of £250 each). Supervision costs are individually agreed between student and supervisee and covered by the individual.

Additional Information?

The suite of counsellor training courses at Bury College are delivered by expert practitioners who are currently practicing in the field of counselling and supervision. Trainers have a wealth of experience and knowledge that spans over more than thirty years in generic and specialist areas. If you wish to discuss the above course please contact Margaret Shacklady on 0161 280 8209 or 07908263000. Alternatively email

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