Diploma in Counselling Practice Level 4
Study on this two year part-time programme and gain the knowledge, skills and competencies you need to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context.
Purpose: Higher Education
Duration: 2 year part-time, Thursdays, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Next course: 7 September 2020
What are the qualifications about?
This qualification is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in both health care and non-medical settings. On successful completion, you will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service.
Who are they for?
If you have previous experience and/or training in counselling, which has enhanced your understanding of the area, this would be a great course for you.
What do I need?
Ideally you will have have completed a Level 3 qualification in Counselling.
Why choose Ruskin College?
Ruskin is a friendly and inclusive college, with an ethos that puts you very much at the centre of the learning experience. It is the ideal environment to work towards your rewarding career in counselling.
What sorts of things do they cover?
You will cover two mandatory units (Counselling Practicum and Embarking on Practice) and two optional unit groups that provide an opportunity to deepen theoretical knowledge of one of the core theories and also to focus on a particular context in the counselling profession:
Optional Group A
- Cognitive-Behavioural Theory
- Humanistic Theory
- Integrating Theory and Practice
- Psychodynamic Theory
Optional Group B
- An Introduction to Transactional Analysis
- Approaches to Addictive Behaviour
- Approaches to Brief Therapy
- Approaches to Counselling Children and Young People
- Approaches to Counselling in Organisations
- Approaches to Couples Counselling
- Approaches to Working with Anxiety
- Approaches to Working with Depression
- Approaches to Working with Grief and Loss
- Approaches to Working with Stress
- Approaches to Working with Trauma
- Counselling: Setting up a Practice
- Counselling: Sex and Sexuality
- Effective Use of Supervision
How will I learn and be assessed?
You will be assessed through:
- Written Exam
- Scenario Analysis
- Supervised Practice: Through attending regular counselling supervisions and considering these sessions, you will reflect on your work with clients, your chosen approach and the key issues that have arisen. You will complete 100 hours of supervised practice and submit a supervisor’s report. You will also do 10 hours personal therapy and 17 hours clinical supervision.
How long do they take?
Completing the Level 4 Certificate in Counselling usually takes:
- 2 years part-time, 1 day a week, Thursdays, 10.00am – 5.00pm
What jobs could they lead to?
This qualification is designed to lead you into an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency in health care or non-medical settings. With sufficient experience you can also begin working as an independent practitioner in private practice.
You can also go on to study Counselling at Levels 5 and 6.
What would it cost me?
Full course cost: £4,800. We will help you access financial support if you are entitled to it: For more information visit our University Programmes Fees and Funding page.