Level 4 – Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Course

About our course

Do you have a passion for helping others and your community? Becoming a qualified counsellor will help you achieve this, whilst also building a rewarding career for yourself. So are you ready to take the final step?

Our CPCAB approved level 4 course is not like anything else on the market. We use our own specialist ‘connections’ model that has been developed through decades of cumulative experience in counselling and psychotherapy practice. It also forms part of the CPCAB Open University Foundation Degree progression route!

As with all of our courses, the level 4 course is taught in an experiential way, meaning you will be encouraged to participate in practice sessions with peers to develop the skills you will be learning. We believe that learning in this way is crucial to becoming a great counsellor, and it allows you to do so in a safe and caring environment.

Another crucial part of becoming a qualified counsellor is practical experience, and you must begin working as a counsellor to achieve your Diploma. Finding placements can be difficult for students and can even be a barrier to qualification. At Connect, we don’t want any students to miss out, and over the years, we have created relationships with many counselling practices to help you find your placement. One less thing to worry about!

This course provides:

+ 420 guided learning hours
+ 120 academic credits

What you’ll learn…

Our level 4 course gives you everything that you need to have the best possible start to your counselling career.

To attend our level 4 course, you need to have completed the Level 2 and Level 3 certificates or hold an equivalent qualification.

Find out more about our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Find out more about our Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

Our balance of theory-based and practical classes throughout this level 4 course will help you to:

Get the best possible foundation for your new rewarding career. Counselling is not just about theory or practice, it’s both!

Run your own practice with your own clients! During this course, you’ll undertake hours of practice and receive advice on how to get started in the industry

Become truly empathetic, to meet your client’s needs you’ll need to be more than sympathetic, you’ll need to truly understand their needs from their perspective. 

Improve your communication skills and how you interact with others. This will help you to not only become a better counsellor but will improve all your interactions in your daily life.

Why study with us?

Focused on you

  • Experienced counsellors supporting you at every stage of your studies
  • Student support service available, should you have any questions outside of your class hours
  • Limited group sizes mean tutors are always on-hand to help and you’ll never be overlooked
  • An active online community so you can learn from and support each other

Study with confidence

  • Courses approved by CPCAB, meaning you can be confident you’ll learn everything you need
  • Meet your full study requirements for level 4, with 420 learning hours and 120 academic credits
  • All course students are required to pass our pre-course assessment, meaning you’ll be surrounded by students who are focused on learning, just like you

What our students say…

Here are just a few examples of reviews sent to us via email, Facebook or Google:

“I look forward to our sessions, the delivery is inspirational. I have already decided to continue my studies with the hub.

It is the right place for me.”

“The tutors are so friendly and kind and are always there to support you.

I have learnt a lot about myself since the start of the course and have made some new friends.”

Mark is a true guardian of the profession and goes out of his way to help not only his students, but fellow tutors in this field by sharing his knowledge, wisdom and advice. It’s truly heartening to know there are ambassadors out there with the integrity this vocation demands and needs.

“The tutors are extremely knowledgeable, friendly but professional. The content of the course is brilliant, and the location is perfect!

I highly recommend studying here to anyone considering the Counselling profession or Personal development.”

“Thank you for providing such a brilliant course, I honestly have learnt so much & enjoyed every minute. This has been a huge step out of my comfort zone & I’m so pleased to have taken that leap with you guys.”

How you’ll earn your qualification


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

We will require you to complete a course journal, documenting what you have learnt and how you may have applied it in practice. Your course tutor will assess you and your journal regularly, enabling them to help you with any areas that you need to work on.

At the end of the course, you will undertake an assessment, this will then be reviewed and assessed by CPCAB.

Once you have passed your assessments, you will obtain your qualification.

Choose the right course for you

You can pay for the level 4 course all in one go or spread the cost over 36 months with our instalment option.

Click ‘View Upcoming Courses’ to find out more about our upcoming level 4 courses and availability.

Upcoming Level 4 Courses

Find the right course for you.


Thinking of doing the course?
Why not come along to our free open evening for a sample of the Connect approach?