CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling

When you have applied, you will be sent an application form which must be completed and returned by 5PM on Friday, 17th May 2024. Late applications will not be considered. This course offers a relational model of training based on psychodynamic and person, centred theories.

Academic Year: 2024/25
Course Code: 10126
Campus: Newtownards
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Higher Education
Department: Health & Care

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Thursday
Time: 09:30-16:30
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

Please note, course fees are payable in each year of the Programme.

If you require any additional information about the course please contact admissions@serc.ac.uk

Directed Study:

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

Personal Study to include Practical Assessments

A further 5 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.

You will be expected to undertake 25 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.


Student must have acquired the following before the start of the course:

  • GCSE English Language Grade C or above or equivalent
  • Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills 
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • APEL / RPL (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

English Language Requirements 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)


  • When you have applied, you will be sent an application form which must be completed and returned by 5PM on Friday, 17th May 2024. 
  • Late applications will not be considered.
  • Successful completion of the admissions process. This will include a formal scored interview. Interviews will be conducted between May and June of year of enrolment.
  • Applicants will be informed of admission decisions after the completion of interviews.


  • 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 and must satisfy CPCAB Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy that can be found at CPCAB APEL Process

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 will be assessed by an external piece of work marked by CPCAB.

You may progress onto:

  • Level 5 Diploma in a specialist subject.
  • University Foundation Degree in Counselling (access to this course is dependent on completion of the Level 4 Diploma (TC-L4) and a combination of 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 proceed to further study or possible employment.

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 workplace.

The cost of personal counselling and in some cases the cost of supervision while in placement could be in the region of £1800.

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

Available Sessions

The following sessions are open for application on this course:

Campus & Course Type Start
Day: Thursday
Time: 09:30-16:30

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Available Sessions

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CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling (Year 1)


Day: Thursday

Time: 09:30-16:30

16 £884.00

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Terms & Conditions

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

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

In addition to the above Terms & Conditions students must also adhere to the following:
  • Students must also complete the 100 hour supervised placement and personal therapy.
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