CPCAB Level 4 – Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Course

Our level 4 course

You’re almost there!

Becoming a fully-qualified counsellor is in sight, but, as is often the case, the final hurdle you need to jump is the biggest.

However, we believe our BACP-approved CPCAB level 4 course is the best course available to help you reach the finish line.

Our two-year, part-time level 4 course teaches you all the remaining knowledge and skills that you need to become the counsellor you wanted to be when you started your qualification journey.

At Connect, we believe that counselling is best learned through doing and not through boring lectures and PowerPoint presentations!

Therefore, just like our level 2 and level 3 courses, our level 4 course is practical in nature, using exercises and discussions to aid learning, encouraging you to practice your skills as you progress. This ‘experiential’ learning is vital if you are to progress into a role as a practising therapeutic counsellor.

Our experienced tutors are committed to supporting you throughout the course, providing guidance and assistance at every step.

Additionally, this course forms part of the CPCAB Open University Foundation Degree progression route! So, if you want a degree at the end of your studies, you’ll be one (big) step closer.

So, if you’re looking to become a qualified counsellor, and want the best advice and training available, our level 4 course provides the ideal course for you.

“I am just finishing my second year (level 3) with Astranti Connect and have been so incredibly happy with my studies and time learning here. We have had an incredible, inspirational and thoroughly knowledgeable tutor with whom we have all come to greatly respect (and adore) and as a group we constantly remark about how far we have all come both in personal development and knowledge. I could not recommend highly enough the experience I have had here and am incredibly appreciative of the professionalism, high quality of teaching and support and also the delivery of our course.”


CPCAB Level 3 student, March 2023

“I have really enjoyed this course. The online format has made it possible for me to attend. The teaching has been clear and supportive. I’ve been surprised at how in-depth this level 2 course has been – I feel really well equipped to continue down this path and learn more.

Naomi Mcleod

CPCAB Level 2 student, March 2023

CPCAB Level 4 Course

Focused on you

Experienced counsellors supporting you at every stage

Small group sizes so tutors are always on hand

Added to an active online community for peer support

Level 4 Counselling Course

Flexible study options

Multiple locations across the UK

Daytime and evening courses are available

Pay with an instalment option to spread payments

CPCAB Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counseling

Study with confidence

Course approved by CPCAB and recognised by BACP

Over 20 years of teaching experience

Supported by the Astranti group with a Trustpilot rating of 4.8

What you’ll learn…

Our level 4 course prepares you with the right practical and theoretical skills to work as a professional counsellor, whether that’s in health, social care, teaching or other support roles.

Here are just a few of the skills that you will pick up along the way…

“I have really enjoyed the course I have completed. The materials, content and tutor support were all excellent. The feedback provided was timely and constructive. I would happily recommend Astrani Connect, so much so I have already signed up for the next level!”

Cheryl Manning

CPCAB Level 2 student, October 2022

CPCAB Level 4

Practice your counselling skills by working within a professional counselling organisation.

CPCAB Counselling Course

Run your very own 1-2-1 counselling sessions with at least 5 clients in an agency setting.

CPCAB Courses

Identify clients’ well-being and mental health problems with clinical supervision.

Level 4 Counselling Course Centre

Understand your own emotions and internal conflicts that could impact your work.

How our courses compare

At Astranti Connect our aim is to provide the best and most comprehensive CPCAB-accredited counselling courses in the UK, and we are continually developing our courses and training our tutors to achieve that goal.

When you’re comparing our course to others, it’s important to consider what our course offers compared to other typical courses. Here’s a comparison against typical course offered by a local college:

Astranti Connect course Typical local college course
Develop counselling skills

Experienced tutors

5+ years of experience

Course workbook

Specialist provider

Qualifying BACP hours

Experiential learning

CPCAB accredited

Additional online practice groups

Payment by instalments

Not as standard
Compare CPCAB Level 4 Courses

How you’ll earn your qualification

Astranti Connect Level 4 Course

The great thing about undertaking a CPCAB course is that it’s recognised nationally and focused on helping you become the best counsellor you can be!

CPCAB courses are formally recognised by BACP (the UK’s leading counselling membership body), so the 420 formal learning hours you pick up on this course will count towards the 450 minimum hours of training required for membership. Membership of an organisation like BACP (or equivalent body) is vital if you wish to become a respected counsellor and work for organisations such as the NHS.

To pass the course, you have to prove competence in a variety of key counselling skills. This is primarily assessed through coursework alongside tutor observation as you progress through the course – the tutor will gain evidence through observing you as you undertake counselling sessions. In addition, you will need to provide records of peer feedback, evidence of personal therapy and reports from supervisors.

You will also need practical counselling experience in order to achieve your diploma but don’t worry; we’re here to help. We understand finding placements can be challenging. That’s why we have created relationships with many counselling practices to help you find a placement that’s right for you. So that’s one less thing to worry about!

Finally, at the end of the course, you will also need to hand in your coursework documents. These include client case studies, a learning review, a self-review, case presentations, client & supervision records, two assignment and a report from your placement. This will then be reviewed and assessed by CPCAB.

You will obtain your qualification and automatically be enrolled into the BACP’s register of members after you have demonstrated your competence, passed your assessments, and completed your required practice hours.

Our team of experienced tutors knows what it takes to make it as a counsellor. After all, they’re all qualified counsellors themselves and continue to be trained regularly in our tutor development programme! Head to our tutor page to meet the level 4 tutors for your course.

What our students say

Please see our testimonials page for our latest student reviews. Here are a couple of examples:

“I’m currently on the Counselling Skills Level 2 course and so far the course has been really interesting. The tutors are welcoming, kind and knowledgeable and we have already learned a lot about active listening skills. They give detailed constructive feedback every week, both written and verbal, on how we are doing. Really looking forward to the rest of the course!

Catherine Razzell

CPCAB Level 2 Student, April 2023

“I have been with Astranti for a course now and have signed up to a second! The tutors and staff are incredible! Would recommend to anyone looking at going into Counselling.

Emma Brown

CPCAB Level 2 Student, April 2022

Find your course

At Astranti Connect, we understand the importance of providing affordable and flexible study options that cater to your needs and lifestyle.

With our instalment plan, you can spread the cost of your course over 40 months, interest-free.

Depending on your preferences and availability, you can choose between our evening and daytime options at one of our five locations around the UK, including Bristol, Devon, Manchester and Sheffield.


Course costs:
£7,742 (our course) + £718 (CPCAB fees)
Total payable: £8,460

Payment options:
Instalment plan: £500 deposit + 40x monthly payments of £199
Full payment: £500 deposit + 1x payment of £7,960

Astranti Connect Level 5 Upcoming Courses

Upcoming courses

Explore our upcoming level 4 courses and find one that suits you.

Need help choosing your course?

If you’re thinking about joining one of our level 4 courses, but still have questions you need answers to, why not book a 1-2-1 call with one of our course advisors?

Our course advisors are on hand to help you with any queries that you may have about our courses, and our 1-2-1 calls are completely free.

To book your call, find a time slot that suits you on our 1-2-1 booking calendars below: