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

Successful completion of this course means you will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service – initially within the context of an agency’s service framework but later (with experience and support from the supervisor, or by completing PC-L5 or its equivalent) may progress to independent practice.

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 Specification for further information.


The qualification is eligible in England for Advanced Learner Loans (19+).

Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).

For more detailed see funding information.

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Key Information 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 Hours 420 hours (minimum) Total Qualification Time 1204 hours Credit value 120 Minimum age 19 years