Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)

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Qualification Number 500/8088/X
Qualification Structure 7 mandatory units:
  • Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor (R/600/9346)
  • Working within a counselling relationship (T/600/9355)
  • Working with client diversity in counselling work (J/600/9358)
  • Working within a user-centred approach to counselling (F/600/9472)
  • Working with self-awareness in the counselling process (H/600/9478)
  • Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills (K/600/9482)
  • Working self-reflectively as a counsellor (F/600/9486)
Guided learning time 420 hours
Credit value 120
Minimum age 19 years


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Our Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling will benefit learners who want to train to become a counsellor working in a counselling agency. Successful completion of this course will enable you to provide a therapeutic counselling service within the context of an agency's service framework.

The Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling provides:

  • coherent vocational and professional counselling training
  • a competence based training which highlights the development of skilled practice via experiential learning
  • specific training for the role of counsellor in an agency
  • the opportunity to learn a wide range of counselling theories and approaches
  • a pathway onto the Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling.

Entry requirements

You must have obtained both our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and our Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies, or their equivalent.

Read section 5 of the Qualification Document for further information.


TC-L4 is eligible for funding support. Find out more by reading our funding guide for students.

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