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Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice

Our Diploma in Counselling Practice meets all the requirements  required to apply for National Counselling Society (NCS) registration as a  student member and qualified counsellor. The programme lasts for two years part time with  including a placement period when you will need to complete 100 hours in a suitable placement.

Arm yourself with the necessary skills, theoretical base and self-awareness that counsellors need in order to work with clients in an agency  or private setting. Successful completion of this Diploma provides you with ethical and theoretical frameworks and skills you need to work in this rewarding and fulfilling career.

The Diploma is aimed at people who have completed a level 2 and 3 qualification in counselling. However, exceptional candidates, who have completed a level 2 qualification, may  be able to proceed directly into this Diploma based on their related qualification and work/life experience. All applicants must have a pre-course interview with the course tutors to assess their suitability.

The course is interactive, thought provoking and consists of experiential activities, personal research, group work and discussions.

Our highly experienced and qualified counselling tutors will guide you through the course, ensuring you have an informative, instructive and fulfilling learning journey towards your goal of being a counsellor.

This Diploma is aimed at individuals seeking to practice as counsellors but is also ideal for those who wish to develop their self-awareness, communication skills and relationships with others.

The Diploma consists of 7 mandatory modules

Module 1 –  Working ethically, safely and professionally: This module will help learners to understand the importance of an ethical framework and the impact on client and counsellor safety.

Module 2 – Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills: This module will give you the skills necessary to practice as a counsellor underpinned with a coherent framework of theory and research.  Part of this module will be spent considering why theory is important to the work counsellors do.

Module 3 – Working within a counselling relationship: understanding and demonstrating the skills required to create a therapeutic relationship.  Consider how a therapeutic relationship is different to any other and what its purpose is.

Module 4 – Working with client diversity in counselling work: explore diversity issues between self and client and difference will impact the counselling relationship.

Module 5 – Working with self-awareness in the counselling process:  This module looks at who you are and why you behave the way you do.  When you understand this about yourself you are better able to understand others. This understanding leads to better relationships with others and deeper therapeutic contact for your clients.

Module 6 – Working self-reflectively as a counsellor:  the most important part of working with clients is to be able to understand our own role in the work we do which requires development of reflective skills.  In this module you will learn the use of reflective journal keeping and the impact this skill has on work with clients.

Module 7 – Working within a user-centred approach to counselling: In this module you will create a portfolio of evidence that demonstrates your learning from the 100 hours client work gained in an approved placement setting.  You will be supported to find your placement by your tutors, although they cannot find them for you. Your portfolio and any registration with an awarding body you may pursue upon completion also requires you have relevant clinical Supervisor in this work

Entry Requirements

The Diploma is aimed at people who wish to become accredited counsellors. You should have previously completed  level 2 and 3 counselling qualification.

This programme has direct entry onto the qualification for exceptional candidates with appropriate related qualification and life experience.

You must have a pre-course interview with the course tutors to be eligible to begin this course. Following your pre-course interview, if you are not eligible to start the course, you will be given an immediate and full refund of any payment made.


On course requirements

  • You must provide the set course text book, John McLeod, An Introduction to Counselling
  • You will also agree to undertaking a  minimum of 15 hours personal therapy. This will be taken in the first year of the course.
  • You must undertake a work placement of 100 client hours, gained in an approved placement setting. You will be supported to find your placement by your tutors, although they cannot find your placement for you.

You will compile a portfolio of evidence during the course which will include reflective journals, short essays, quizzes, peer and tutor observations. You will need to demonstrate in your practice the values and professional ethics of a counsellor.

There are no exams for this qualification.

You will need to complete 15 hours of personal therapy in the first year of the programme. You will need to provide evidence of the hours signed by your counsellor. Best for Training has a list of suitable counsellors who offer discounts to our students.

You will need to complete 100 work placement hours to achieve the Diploma in Counselling Practice. You may being this during the 18 month taught programme with he permission of your tutors but there is a 6 month period added to the course once  taught sessions have completed  to allow you to complete the 100 hours. You will need to evidence from your placement to show you have successfully completed the placement to the required standard  and  a timesheet showing the required  100 hours.

All practicing counsellors are required to have regular supervision and you will need to evidence suitable supervision you have undertaken whilst in placement. Best for Training has a list of suitable qualified counselling supervisors who offer discounted supervision to our students.

Once you have completed the taught sessions, achieved all your assessments, provided evidence of your personal therapy and 100 hours work placement you will be issued with your certificate.

The taught sessions are for 66  weeks, for 5 hours per week over 24  months term time only.

Additional Saturday  Workshops will be held to prepare students for their work placements and specialist topics .

Once your tutor has approved you for placement  (usually the end of year 1)  work placements of 100 hours must  be completed.

You are expected to attend 15 hours CPD per year to met your individual learning needs. This can be selected at no additional cost from Best For Training’s wide range of Counselling CPD events.

The next cohort will begin in September 2019 and complete in July 2021.

The course will run term time only with 4 Saturday workshops over the two years.


The price includes:

  • Highly qualified trainers and counsellors
  • Certification
  • All training materials and resources
  • 15 hours free Best for Training Counselling CPD per year

The full price of the course is £2400 (including VAT)

Interest free payment options are available

Initial payment £400 then 18 monthly payments of £111.10 by direct debit.

Catherine Drewer

Catherine has a First Class Honours Degree in Counselling and a successful private practice working with a range of clients.  She works in schools with pupils of various ages (6-18) as well as providing Supervision for staff.  She is an experienced teacher of Counselling and a Clinical Supervisor as well as an experienced trainer.  Catherine is an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), a member of BACP and is committed to promoting the professional standing of trained counsellors.   She is currently studying for her Masters in Clinical Supervision.

Catherine has a real passion for counselling work and likes nothing better than to demonstrate this passion to others. Her classes are thought provoking and informative and she believes that everyone should learn about counselling because it will change the way they look at things.

Ronald Davis

Ronald, an experienced counsellor, professional coach, facilitator, tutor and workshop presenter has an extensive work history in government and not-for-profit sectors dating back to 1982.

Ronald is guided by three values:
• People first – relationships are pivotal to success
• Integrity – doing what’s right
• Excellence – there are always better ways

Ronald holds a Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling) and post graduate qualifications in health science and nutrition. He has a Diploma of Workplace and Business Coaching and holds vocational qualifications in life coaching, training and assessment, management (frontline and team) and governance. He holds accreditation in Belbin Team Roles and DISC Advanced.

On successful completion of this qualification, you may wish to progress onto the Level 5 Diploma in Counselling.

You will also be a qualified counsellor and can apply to work as a volunteer or paid counsellor.

You can continue your continuous professional development with Best for Training’s exciting CPD workshop programme. Click here for our CPD events.

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Duration 2 years, including 6 month placement
Level Advanced
Location Leigh on Sea
Times 9.15am - 2.45pm
Payment Options Interest free payment options available
Start of next course September 2019
Spaces Available 4
Price £2,400.00

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