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CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling

This course offers a relational model of training based on psychodynamic and person, centred theories.

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Title Campus Type Week Starting Places Available Fee
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Thursday
Time: 09:30-16:30
6 £868.00 Apply Now
CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling - Year 2 (Year 2)
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Part-Time 10/09/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 09:30-17:00
15 £674.00 Apply Now

During your study, you may need financial support and SERC is here to help. Find out more information on student fees and financial support in the Student Finance section.

Course Structure

Modules will include:

  • 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


If you require any additional information about the course please contact Paul Casey (Course tutor) at pcasey@serc.ac.uk.

Contact Hours

Directed Study:

6  hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study to include Practical Assessments

A further 3 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

You will be expected to undertake 30 hours personal counselling.

You will also have to complete a 100 hour supervised placement during the lifetime of the course. It is your responsibility to secure an appropriate placement(s) and supervision consistent with the course requirements.

Students can apply for an extension of up to 12 months to complete their placement hours provided the student has successfully completed all other internal and external assessment requirements by June of year 2 of the course.

Entry Requirements


Student must have acquired the following:

  • CPCAB's Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2) and
  • CPCAB's Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3), or 
  • APEL (prior learning, see below) equivalent

English Language Requirements for International students:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
  • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
  • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

Equivalent qualifications include:

  • Grade C (or above) in English
  • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
  • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
  • ESOL Level 2 

Tier 4 Students:

  • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


  • Successful completion of the admissions process


  • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section


How will I be assessed and given feedback?

Candidates are assessed using a range of different methods. These include assessments, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.  In year 2, candidates undertake an external assessment where a 30 minute counselling practice session is recorded and a written examination is completed.

Where will it take me?

You may progress onto CPCAB's:

  • Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)
  • Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT-L5)
  • Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling (access to this course is dependent on completion of the Level 4 Diploma (TC-L4) and a combination other short modules, one of which is mandatory
  • You will want to work toward BACP accreditation as a counsellor which will require you have a minimum number of post qualifying (TC-L4) hours practice.
  • Successful completion of the TC-L4 Diploma will enable you to seek employment as a qualified counsellor in an agency setting.
How will it make me more employable?
This training course will provide you with a sound theoretical understanding and practical experience of forming, maintaining and successfully concluding therapeutic relationships with clients.  Our focus is on appropriately equipping you for the counselling agency workplace.
Additional Costs

The cost of personal counselling and in some cases the cost of supervision while in placement could be in the region of £1500.

The qualification is awarded by CPCAB Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. 
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
Students must comply with college policies and procedures, submit all course work and assessment in line with the assessment schedule dates and pass all internal and external assessments. Students must also complete the 100 hour supervised placement and personal therapy.

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