Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling | Redlands Counselling and Training

CPCAB Level 4
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

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Start Dates
34 Days
Mon or Tue or Wed
9:15 am - 4:30 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2024 to 14 Jul 2025
Tue 24 Sep 2024 to 8 Jul 2025
Wed 25 Sep 2024 to 9 Jul 2025
or 34 Evenings*
4:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2024 to 14 Jul 2025
*Evening option includes 10 Saturday sessions
34 Days
9:15 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2024 to 9 Jul 2025
Year 2 starts on 24th September 2025

This is a two-year part time course. It aims to enable students to provide therapeutic counselling from a humanistic integrative perspective within the framework of an agency such as a Community Counselling Service, Doctor’s surgery, Community Mental Health Team, Treatment Centre etc, but not within independent practice.

You will learn through a variety of learning activities including small and large group work, role plays, presentations, case presentations, exercises and seminars, lectures, and workshops. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning.

In addition to attending class, students will be required to complete course work, attend supervision and their own therapy, and see clients outside of class time and therefore should carefully consider the significant commitment and investment of their time that will be required before embarking on the course.

Please note:  At least 75% of the course will be delivered face to face. Any remote delivery will be by using the online interactive learning platform Zoom or other suitable online platform.

Progression to Year 2 is subject to successfully completing Year 1 assignments and tutor approval.



Course Content
Fees & Costs
Additional costs
Entry requirements

Course content will include modules on:

  • Ethics
  • Theory – Integrating humanistic approaches to counselling: Person Centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis – relationship and therapeutic relationship and process, self/history/relationship
  • Skills – Using skills creatively
  • Working with Difference & Diversity
  • Personal Development
  • Using supervision effectively
  • Mental Health Issues – including Depression, Anxiety and Diagnostic Statistical Manual
  • Developmental models – Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud
  • Evidence Based Practice
  • Introductions to:
    – CBT
    – Genograms
    – Working with Trauma
    – Eating Difficulties
    – Addictions
    – Domestic Abuse
    – Pre-trial therapy
    – Psychodynamic theory
    – Attachment theory
  • Suicide & Self-harm
  • Team working skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Grief & Loss
  • Professional Development
  • Counselling remotely online or by telephone

Students need to pass both the Internal and External Assessments to be considered proficient. Internal assessment includes audio and video recorded role plays, written assignments (including two case studies), presentations and feedback from peers, supervisor, and agency manager. This ‘evidence’ is collated into a Portfolio which is completed by the end of the course.

The external assessment comprises submission of a written Case Review in Year 2. This written case review assessed by a CPCAB external assessor, is completed at home and submitted to your tutor within a set period.

Students need to complete a total of 100 client hours with at least 5 clients in a placement setting and receive their own weekly consecutive therapy for a minimum of 40 sessions whilst they are on the course and receive satisfactory supervisor and agency manager reports to pass the course. At least 51 of these client hours need to be face to face. Up to 49 client hours can be completed remotely.

Reasonable adjustments are available to students who need them e.g., non-native English speakers or students with learning difficulties.

Successful enrolment on the course, enables you to apply for a placement with RCS, subject to:

  • Satisfactory DBS check
  • Signed Placement Agreement with RCS
  • Agreeing to observe RCS’s Code of Conduct
  • Availability for client work
  • Confirmation from your personal tutor of your readiness to start client work, in term 3 of Year 1
  • Student membership of BACP
  • Personal Indemnity Insurance

Once you start your placement in RCS you will be required to contribute £45 per month towards the cost of group fortnightly supervision. This is a cost for which you will need to budget for the duration of your client work. The number of clients hours required for the course is 100 but bear in mind that you may have ongoing clients in your placement at the point you reach 100 hours, when you will need to continue to need ongoing supervision.

The period needed to complete your client hours will vary depending on your availability, client attendance etc. The maximum number of clients you will be asked to counsel at any one time in RCS will be 3. If you have an external placement in addition to a placement in RCS, the total number of clients you can counsel at any one time will 6 (including the 3 at RCS).

If you are considering completing client hours in an external placement you will need to ensure it is a placement approved by RCS and to obtain agreement from your tutor (and RCS supervisor if you have started your placement at RCS) before being able to count client hours in the external placement.

This course qualifies you to counsel 18-year-olds and older.

If you are considering an external placement for counselling 11-18-year-olds, you will also first need to complete the Redlands short 5-day course ‘Working with Young People’. You can count 30 hours of client work with this age group towards the 100 client hours required to pass the course.

The course fees are:

Tuition fee: £2950 per year
(If Year 1 fees are paid in full on or before 22nd June 2024 a £250 discount will be applied making the course fee for Year 1 £2700.

If Year 2 fees are paid in full on or before 21st June 2025 a £250 discount will applied making the course fee for Year 2 £2700.)

CPCAB registration fee (currently £359) per year
The CPCAB registration fee is payable on or before the course start date of each year.

Completing enrolment and paying the course fee secures a place on the course.

You will need to become a student member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP).
The cost of this is currently £86 per year.

Students will need to buy course textbooks which can be ordered from bookstores such as Waterstones, as well as Amazon.co.uk. The total cost of the course textbooks is approximately £140.

Weekly personal counselling will also be required for a minimum of 40 sessions. The cost of this can vary between £30-50 per session.
You need to have started your own therapy before you can start client work. You must obtain written prior approval of your proposed counsellor, from your course tutor for your hours to count.

Depending on your readiness to start client work you can expect to start client work by the end of year 1. Once you start client work you will need to arrange your own personal indemnity insurance.
If you are taking up a placement with the Redlands Counselling Service (RCS) you will need to budget for fortnightly supervision (see the section headed ‘Placement’ below) and before your placement starts, we will need to obtain a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) check.
This will cost £65 which will need to be paid before the check is carried out.

You will also need to budget for 2 SD cards for digitally recording role play sessions.
Approximately £10 in total

Students are required to have undertaken counselling skills training of 90 hours or more e.g.CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills and counselling studies training of 90 hours or more e.g., CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies or their equivalent.

Students also need to meet the generic CPCAB requirements and be aged 19 years or older. The specific criteria for this course, based on CPCAB guidelines, will also be considered in selecting applicants for the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the specific CPCAB guidelines?

Criteria considered important in selecting applicants for a programme leading to Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling:
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development.
  • Be aware of the time and other resources required to meet demands of the course.
  • Provide 1 personal and 1 professional reference.
  • Be academically and emotionally able to cope with this level of training.
  • Ability to work with difference and diversity.
  • Possess personal qualities, imagination, intuition, openness, and ability to benefit from self-development.
  • Possess the ability to form a helping relationship.
  • Have self-awareness, insight, honesty, and the ability to make links.
  • Possess emotional stability and the absence of personality disturbance.
  • Ability to challenge and be challenged.
  • Ability to respond sensitively and empathically to others.

What are the generic CPCAB requirements?

These are the requirements which apply to all CPCAB courses and are set out as follows: Potential trainees must possess a level of literacy and numeracy that is sufficient for the programme concerned. Applicants should be aware that the qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion, and that if this entry requirement is not adhered to, he/she will normally be asked to leave the training programme and seek professional support. This includes, for example, those:
  • Currently experiencing – without ongoing and appropriate professional support – a recent, major life crisis such as marital breakdown or a close bereavement.
  • Currently experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems including, for example, clinical depression, severe anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders or any form of psychosis.
  • Currently involved in substance misuse.
You need to be aware that the course involves experiential elements which will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal development activities. Where applicable, we would also advise applicants against joining the same training group as their partner or a close member of the family.

What do the initials CPCAB stand for?

CPCAB stands for the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. This is the Body which awards the qualification to students who are assessed as proficient at the end of the course. CPCAB is the only national Awarding Body which specialises in counselling qualifications.

Can I apply for this course if I haven’t done counselling training but have relevant work experience?

Our qualifications are awarded by the CPCAB, and it is their requirement that entry to the Level 4 Diploma course is dependent on having completed the Level 3 Counselling Studies course and the Level 3 Counselling Studies course is dependent on having completed the Level 2 Counselling Skills course. We cannot take relevant work experience to meet this entry requirement. Unless you have completed 90 hours counselling skills classroom-based training with another awarding body, the Level 2 Counselling Skills Course would be your first step in counselling training.

Is there funding for the course, including the Advanced Learner Loan?

As Redlands is an independent training provider, our courses do not meet the criteria for the Advancer Learner Loan or other funding. For this reason, our learners are self-funded. We do have an early payment discount for this course, and the details and deadline for this is on the Fees and Costs section of the webpage.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments, or do you offer an early payment plan?

We do not offer a fees instalment plan; however we do have an early payment discount for this course, and the details and deadline for this are on the Fees and Costs section of the webpage.

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