CPCAB Level 4 – Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Course

Helping you transform the lives of others

Our BACP-approved, CPCAB Level 4 course teaches you everything you need to become a qualified counsellor, gain BACP membership, and start to work at a counselling agency or run your own counselling practice.

But it’s not just about you! We’re on a mission to turn you into an outstanding counsellor because we know that when you are at your best you’ll change lives of others by transforming people’s mental health for the better, forever. Every element of our Level 4 course is designed with this goal in mind:

  • Expert tutors teaching over 400 in-person hours
  • A highly practical course, focused on learning by doing using practical exercises, co-counselling and personal support
  • Learn a wide range of counselling modalities to develop a broad, integrated practice
  • Access to an online video library with hundreds of hours of practical advice to supplement your learning
  • A dedicated Level 4 workbook designed to make every topic clear,  simple and easy to understand
  • 2 years access to our live CPD workshops, plus recordings of all our past sessions, to help widen your skills
  • Support to find and learn from an external placement, where you’ll learn practical skills with real clients
  • Payment through instalments to make the course affordable
  • A residential course option for anyone that can’t make it to our centre-based courses in Bristol, Plymouth, Manchester, Sheffield or Edinburgh.

Our Level 4 course is a personal learning journey for many attendees, too!  It’s not just about learning skills to transform the lives of others but about transforming your own life too. You’ll do this by applying all the ideas you learn to yourself, and taking part in many hours of co-counselling with other course participants. Many of our past Level 4 graduates talk about our Level 4 course as the most transformative experience of their lives.

So, if you’re looking to become a qualified counsellor, want the best training available and make profound changes to your own life too, 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

CPCAB Level 4 diploma in therapeutic counseling

Flexible study options

Multiple locations across the UK

Daytime and evening courses are available

Pay with an instalment option to spread payments

Level 4 Counselling Course

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

More about our course content…

At the heart of our curriculum lies the Person-Centred approach, a cornerstone of modern counselling philosophy pioneered by Carl Rogers. In your first year, we delve deep into the principles and techniques of Person-Centred Counselling, exploring its core concepts such as empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence. Through experiential learning and reflective practice, you will cultivate the foundational skills necessary to establish authentic connections and foster genuine client-centered relationships.

As you progress into your second year, our curriculum expands to encompass a broader spectrum of therapeutic modalities.

You will be introduced to influential approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gestalt Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Psychodynamic Therapy. Each model will be carefully unpacked, allowing you to grasp its underlying theory, techniques, and applications.

However, our emphasis goes beyond mere theoretical understanding. We believe in the power of integration – the art of synthesising various therapeutic modalities within a Person-Centred framework. Through interactive workshops, case studies, and supervised practice, you will learn how to seamlessly blend different approaches to tailor your interventions according to the unique needs and preferences of each client.

Ultimately, our goal is to empower you with the skills and insights to facilitate meaningful change and growth in the lives of others. Whether you aspire to work in clinical settings, community outreach programs, or private practice, our course provides a solid foundation and a nurturing environment for your professional development. Join us on this enriching journey as we explore the dynamic intersection of theory, practice, and personal transformation in the field of counselling.

Seminar subscription included for free!

With two live sessions every month, our seminars cover lots of really interesting topics and offer plentiful opportunities for collaboration, sharing, and questions. A combination of our in-house tutors and expert guest speakers brings a wide range of experience and expertise to each session.

What’s more, you’ll also be able to access our entire backlog of recorded sessions. 

Typically worth £300 a year when purchased individually, you’ll have full access to our seminars for the duration of your course. Learn more.

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:

Develop counselling skills
Experienced tutors
5+ years of experience
Course workbook
Specialist provider
BACP-approved course
Experiential learning
CPCAB accredited
Free access to our CPD seminars
Free access to CPCAB library
Payment by instalments
Astranti Connect course
Typical college course
Not as standard

Have you heard about our residential course?

We’ve been working with the CPCAB to bring you a truly unique Level 4 course that combines live online classes with seven, five-day weekends at the exclusive Nanpantan Hall near Loughborough.

Learn more

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, Edinburgh, Plymouth, 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: