Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 Diploma CPCAB Print this page

Dates: 10/01/19 - 10/12/20
Days: Thursday 09:30 - 16:30
Sessions: 64
Centre: Wallington - Wallington
Course Code: W40029C01HE
Fees: Standard - £4,670.00
Concessionary - £844.00

Course Information

‘Concessions rates are only available to:

• Those aged 16-18
• Those aged 19-23 who do not already hold a full Level 3 qualification.

If you fall outside these criteria, you can apply for an advanced learner loan.

Please enquire further for full details on these concessions

Alternatively you can select ‘Full Fee’ when completing your enrolment online’

Introductory info

This two year part-time qualification gives learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.

It is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. Learners with sufficient experience can also begin working as independent practitioners in private practice.

What are the overall aims of the course?

This qualification is intended for candidates who want to train to become a counsellor working in a counselling service agency. Successful completion of this course means that the trainees will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service within the context of an agency's service framework.

What will I learn on the course?

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

Are there any entry requirements?

Candidates must have acquired both CPCAB’s Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK L2) and CPCAB’s Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST L3), or their RPL (recognised prior learning) equivalent.

Learners will also have a commitment to undertaking therapy within the course including a minimum of 50 hours face to face personal therapy during the life of the course (to accommodate a range of theoretical approaches). This is not included in the course cost and needs to be arranged and financed by the student independently.

Learners must also secure a minimum of 100 hours formally-contracted counselling (one-to-one) with at least 5 different clients in an agency setting throughout the course. Cancellations and non-attends do not count towards this total. Candidates will require clinical supervision for their agency client work.

Entry onto the second year of this course is dependent on having secured these placement hours. It is not possible to complete the qualification without the 100 placement hours.’

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?

Yes – Also, if CSK2 and CST 3 have been achieved at another college, references must be provided.

If my course requires a Course Approval interview/assessment, what do I do?

As this course leads to a qualification, you will need to make an appointment for a course approval interview. This is to ensure the course is suitable for you. You may also be asked to complete a test/tests.

To be considered for a place on this course, you will need to make an application by clicking on ‘Apply’. If you do not already have an account with Sutton College, you will need to create one before you can make an application.

When you click on ‘Apply’ for this course, you will be asked for some further information and then directed to a list of available dates/times when you will be able to attend a Course Approval interview/assessment. Please select a time suitable for you.

How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)

How will I be assessed?

• Learning reviews
• Self reviews
• Case studies
• Assignments
• Client record: 100+ hrs (one-to-one) min five different clients
• Client supervision record
• Therapy record
• 4 tutor-observed counselling practice sessions (2 via audio or video)
• 2 case presentations
• Workplace simulations
• 1 supervisor report
• 1 agency report and/or feedback
• Peer feedback
• External assessment Candidate Review Papers 1 and 2

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion. We need to ensure that all potential candidates are made aware of the nature of the course, and in particular that the course involves experiential elements that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

There are also some writing elements involved in this course in the form of case studies, assignments and reflective logs.

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Pen, paper and ring-binder folder

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre or at

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

What should I do if I have any questions?

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