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Accredited Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 4 Counselling Training

(62 Ofqual Credits — industry-recognised training) 


You can apply to the membership body e.g. BACP, UKCP or the NCPS when you start your placement as part of this course.

In order to provide you with an exceptional training experience, we aim to keep our class sizes small (up to 15 learners in a class) so you can be sure that you will be learning at a high, interactive level; we deliver 30% of the level 4 counselling course online via a remote learning platform, while the remaining 70% will be taught in-person. This course is exam free - you will complete a portfolio of your placement hours to qualify for the diploma.

Please note you will need to have completed up to a level 3 certificate in counselling via face-to-face or remote learning to qualify for this course. We do not accept distance learning or online courses as prior qualifications.

Upon enrollment, we will provide you with seven free CPD events, 25 hours of personal therapy for free and low-cost supervisors.

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Becoming a qualified counsellor

Upon successful completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Counselling, you will be a qualified counsellor. This training also allows you seven free specialist CPD training days with us, which will permit you to evolve your knowledge and training in specified areas of counselling. We have plenty of options for these specialist CPD events, which include:

Understanding Substance Misuse/Addictions

Understanding Mental Health

See our CPD events for further information on the dates for specific training days. This diploma in therapeutic counselling training allows you to become a qualified, safe, competent, and creative counsellor. Alongside the full understanding of how to apply theories and techniques this training will provide you with, our CPD events allow you to further your understanding and approaches in specialised areas.

You will be required to attend an interview in order to secure a place on the Diploma training. This can be face-to-face or remotely (e.g., via Zoom).

What is Level 4 Counselling?

This course is being provided as a blended learning experience, with 70% face-to-face at one of our centres and 30% of the training being provided remotely (via Zoom or similar platform).

In this course, you will learn to blend two theories of Transactional Analysis - a personality and communication model - with Gestalt - an experiential model of the unconscious processes, perceptions and exploration of senses and awareness. You will use creative learning to enable you to provide safe and effective interventions when applying techniques to specific, sensitive issues. For example, anxiety, depression, bereavement and phobias.

The blending of these two approaches will allow you to be an integrative counsellor, using the skills, theories and techniques of both models to apply to your counselling sessions.


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Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

You will complete 100 hours of supervised practice, of which we can provide up to 45 hours or do our best to help you to secure a placement nearer to where you live. We have a list of approved low-cost supervisors who support and work with our learners to provide the supervision needed for SEG-accredited training.

On successfully achieving your level 4 diploma in counselling as a result of completing this course, you will be an industry-recognised, qualified counsellor and able to apply to the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society and/or BACP for membership. This also means you’ll be able to work in both private practices or organisations. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete our Psychotherapy Diploma and/or the Supervision Diploma and provide supervision to our learners, as you will understand the training and expectations from this diploma. Alternatively, we can provide you with a career route to gain further industry-accepted training.

We have won and been awarded as the  "Counselling Training Provider of the Year" 

Course fees

The course fee is £4,800 in total and covers tutoring, marking of assignments, a full workbook, realia resources and one submission of your portfolio. Interest-free payment plans are available.

Payment plan 1:  £500 deposit and 4 payments of £1,075 (2 payments per year – months 2, 8, 14, 19)

Payment plan 2: £500 deposit and 20 monthly payments of £215

Course absences

You are entitled to miss up to 20% of the training for holidays etc. For example:

84 week fast track = 16 days' absence

21 months = 4 full weekends or 8 days' absence

your place is at risk if you do not maintain the regular agreed payments.

What you can expect to learn

You will blend and integrate Transactional Analysis with Gestalt Theory and cover concepts and specialisms including:

Legal and ethical issues

Safeguarding and mental health assessments

Diversity and culture

Contracts and treatment planning

Developmental  and transferential issues

Cycles of awareness and development and perception

Research and presentations

How will you be assessed?

There is no exam. You will complete a portfolio based on your placement experience that is externally marked by an examiner from the Skills & Education Group.

Contact us if you have completed up to a level 3 certificate in counselling and want to officially qualify as a safe, competent and exceptional counsellor with an excellent depth of knowledge and an amazing repertoire of skills and techniques.

You will need to attend an interview prior to being accepted onto the diploma course, and we will need proof of a level 3 certification.

Specialisms, including bereavement, DV and sexual abuse

Modern day slavery and human trafficking

Online/remote training* (so you can provide counselling online)

Sand tray process

Specific techniques to apply when working with clients to help reduce physical/emotional/psychological pain and disturbance

Reflective process and so much more!

*you will have extra CPD learning for this FREE,  as well as the FREE 6 CPD events, which you gain a certificate for each one.

This course will include

Unit 1: Professional organisational issues in counselling

Unit 2:  Power & Diversity

Unit 3: Theory and philosophy - Transactional Analysis (TA), Person Centred approach and Gestalt 

Unit 4: Advanced counselling skills with theoretical applications

Unit 5: Self-awareness and personal development

Unit 6:  Research

Unit 7: Counselling placement and portfolio

These assignments are approximately at a minimum of 3000 words, but may be a little more or less for different assignments. They will be typed using the English Language and answered as the questions request using full sentence structures.

Personal journals are expected, but how you keep them/when is up to you - they are to help with your learning for unit 6. We do not mark personal journals


You will complete 100 hours of supervised placement working with the general public. We can provide some of your placement hours with our partnerships, but can also recommend agencies in specific areas that we know of.

Course dates for Level 4 Diploma in Counselling

Fast Track: Wednesday 25th September 2024 

Every Wednesday from 9.30am until 1.30pm for 84 weeks. This includes 7 free CPD events, 30% remote learning, and 70% centre-based in Birmingham 


 Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th November 2024 , 9.30am - 5.30pm each day

One weekend per month x 21 months. You will be entitled to 7 free CPD events. 70% centre based and 30% remote learning

Enrol now

Reserve your place now. Places are limited.

You can pay your deposit of £500 using debit/credit card via the payment options below only when you have completed the interview process & been offered a place. The deposit is non refundable.

Supported payment methods:

Mastercard, Visa, Google Pay, and American Express payment options
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Get qualified with our courses

This is your final step in becoming a counsellor; with our expert training, Key Counselling Training will help you achieve the best qualification and give you full support in the future with your Level 4 Counselling Diploma. Contact our team and they will be happy to answer any questions you have or advise on the best course for you based on where you currently are on your journey to becoming a counsellor.

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