Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling Now Cancelled



Skills & Education Group Awards
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Ofqual code 603/5029/5

About This Course

The SEG Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling,  is concerned with the training of counsellors to a professional level of competency.
Learners will further develop the knowledge, skills and self-development gained from their Level 3 experience.
It is required that learners will be involved in placement with rigorous and qualified casework supervision.
This should enable an interchange of experiences between the placement and the classroom work on a constant basis.

Potential learners will undertake a personal interview before being accepted on the course.


Required Knowledge

As a prerequisite for admission to the Diploma course learners must possess the SEG Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills or an equivalent qualification obtained elsewhere.


Course Aims

Meet, when combined with the SEG Awards Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, the training contact hours requirement for basic training at a professional level for recognition as a qualified counsellor
· Provide further developed skills, including a 100-hour practice component under supervision
· Create a reflective practitioner
· Develop a deep understanding of Psychodynamic theory, together with reflection and comparison
   of two further theories.


This Qualification is designed for those learners who:

  •  Are seeking to be a professionally qualified counsellor

Content overview:

The Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling covers seven topics/units of study;

CDL4U1 - Professional Organisational Issues in Counselling – In this unit, learners will develop an understanding of the essential relationship between counsellors, as professionals, as well as the organisations and other people with which they may work. They will explore areas of potential conflict, especially through the existence of different ethical standards and principles. They will also reflect on the importance of casework supervision and understand assessment and risk in relation to safeguarding in counselling.

CDL4U2 - Counselling in a Diverse Society – In this unit, learners will explore the impact that diverse cultures and heritage can have on the client / counsellor therapeutic relationship in a multicultural society. They will also examine power issues within the counselling process.

CDL4U3 - Counselling Theory – In this unit, learners will analyse one major theoretical approach (Psychodynamic) to influence, inform and empower their practice as a counsellor. They will also compare other theoretical approaches alongside the major approach.

CDL4U4 - Advanced Counselling Skills – Learners will demonstrate a range of skills illustrating their development as practitioners. In addition, they will learn that counselling is a managed activity, with emphasis being given to the importance of opening and closing a series of sessions.

CDL4U5 - Self-awareness for Counsellors – This unit aims to enable learners to increase self-awareness by analysing and evaluating the impact that their own counselling philosophy, counselling theory and practice has on self and relationships.

CDL4U6 - Research Methodologies in Counselling – In this unit, learners will explore the importance of research in counselling. They will develop their research skills and will learn how to present findings.

CDL4U7 - Counselling Placement – Learners will complete this unit linked to a supervised counselling placement practice of 100 hours. They will analyse how their theoretical approach has influenced their practice, and evaluate learning gained from supervision.

Additional Requirements:

All learners will be assessed by their tutor to be ‘fit for practice’ before being allowed to take up placement.

All learners will be required to be a member of a recognised Ethical Body i.e BACP whilst practicing on placement.

For placement is may be required that your placement organisation will require you to undergo a DBS check.


Units 1-6, all assignments are Internally assessed by the tutor, internally moderated by your training centre and externally moderated by the awarding body. 

Unit 7 will be externally assessed and moderated by Skills and Education Awards Group.

Awarding Body

On successful completion of this course you will receive a certification from Skills and Education Group Awards.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who successfully complete the SEG Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling may progress onto Postgraduate and Post Qualifying courses in counselling studies that are designed to enhance the practice, skills and knowledge of a practising counsellor.

Level 4 Class Schedule
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