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BACP Approved Practicition Qualification – CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling


CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Staring in October 2021

About our BACP Approved Practitioner course

By choosing a BACP approved qualification, you can be sure that:

  • you’ll receive a joint award from BACP and the awarding organisation
  • you’ll have a direct route on to our Register
  • the qualification is mapped to external benchmark standards and curricula (for example QAA standardsBACP core curricula)
  • the qualification has been externally verified as meeting stringent training, practice and quality assurance criteria
  • the qualification content, delivery and assessment meet our professional standards
  • our partnership with the awarding organisation and qualification are reviewed and subject to ongoing quality assurance

Who is the course for?

The course Leads to a nationally regulated qualification awarded by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). This is a BACP Approved Practitioner qualification, which allows you to make an easy transition to become a registered BACP member.

This course is for people wishing to further their development and qualify as a counsellor. This is a two-year part-time course which qualifies you to practice as a counsellor in a range of settings.

The course is designed to lead to employment in a paid and voluntary capacity.  Qualified candidates may also wish to set up private practice.  Information is included in the course.

The course is highly challenging and students are expected to explore a range of self-development subjects and issues in relation to self and working with others.

The course is experiential by nature and requires students to develop a  high level of personal, theoretical and professional development. We ask that potential students have a willingness to engage and explore self, theory and professional development which will equip you to work with a wide range of client groups and client issues.

The main theoretical approach is Person Centred, however, you will study the 3 main approaches including, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Psychodynamic Approach.

There is a strong focus on working with Diversity and transcultural issues, therefore a large aspect of the training.

Level: The course is a L4

Guided learning hours: 437

Credit Value: 120

Minimum age:

19 years

Entry requirements

Students will need to have successfully completed the CPCAB L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and the CPCAB L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies. (Or equivalent).

External Students (those who have not completed the L2/L3 will need to provide their certificates of study as well as undertake an assessment.

Note: this course is not suitable for people who are experiencing a high level of emotional distress or severe psychological issues.

learning outcomes:

Unit 1 – Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor

Unit 2 – Working within a counselling relationship

Unit 3 – Working with client diversity in counselling work

Unit 4 – Working within a user-centred approach to counselling

Unit 5 – Working with self-awareness in the counselling process

Unit 6 – Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills

Unit 7 – Working self-reflectively as a counsellor


Trainer assessed completed portfolio, which is externally verified by the CPCAB, plus an externally assessed written paper.

Internal assessment: tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment requirements, and verified by CPCAB.

External assessment: externally assessed audio recording of a counselling session with a peer, plus an associated written paper taken under exam conditions and assessed by CPCAB.

Students are expected to have at least 30 hours of 1-1 personal therapy whilst on the course.

TUTORS: Denise Duncan & Glaudia Reid

START: 6 October 2022 (This course is open for applications)

DAY: Oct – Day Thursday’s – 10 am  – 5.30 pm

COST:  £2575 per year (Please note; there is no student finance available for this course)


ENROLMENT STATUS: Open (please complete the online application here)

VENUE: Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Rd, London SE16 7AR

How to get there: Canada Water Library is situated next to Canada Water Station and opposite Canada Water Bus station.

Canada Water, Overground & Tube Station (20 seconds) , Surrey Quays (2mins), South Bermondsey (1.5 miles), from Canary wharf (1 stop DLR). Also easily accessible from London Bridge, Peckham Rye and New Cross Stations.

Bus: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, C10, P12

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