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ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
20 September 2021
Additional Start Date
21 September 2021
Additional Start Date
23 September 2021
Study Mode
64-70 Weeks

The SEG Awards ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is designed for those learners who are seeking to be professionally qualified counsellors. SAG ABC expects York College to recruit with integrity based on a learner’s ability to contribute to and successfully complete all the requirements of a unit/s of the full qualification. This qualification should involve experiential learning in small group situations. This is often powerful, and it is sensible to remind potential learners of the kind of experience they can expect.

This qualification is made up of credit rated units developed in association with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Sector. When combined with the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, or an equivalent qualification, it meets the basic training requirement for recognition as a qualified counsellor and contains supervised placement hours. Learners will complete this qualification with a comprehensive and full understanding of the following:

  • Ethical frameworks, including the importance of setting, supervision, and casework management in counselling
  • The impact diverse culture and heritage can have on the client/counsellor relationship in a multicultural society
  • One major therapeutic model
  • How to conduct a counselling session with a client in an ethical, effective and safe way
  • How to increase self-awareness
  • The purpose and importance of research in counselling

Course Modules/units

The SEG Awards ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling qualification covers the following seven topics:

  • Professional Organisational Issues in Counselling – In this unit, learners will develop an understanding of the essential relationship between counsellors as professionals, as well as the organisations and other people with which they may work. They will explore areas of potential conflict, especially through the existence of different ethical standards and principles. They will also reflect on the importance of casework supervision and understand assessment and risk in relation to safeguarding in counselling.
  • Counselling in a Diverse Society – In this unit, learners will explore the impact that diverse cultures and heritage can have on the client / counsellor therapeutic relationship in a multicultural society. They will also examine power issues within the counselling process.
  • Counselling Theory – In this unit, learners will analyse one major theoretical approach to influence, inform and empower their practice as a counsellor. They will also compare other theoretical approaches alongside the major approach.
  • Advanced Counselling Skills – Learners will demonstrate a range of skills illustrating their development as practitioners. In addition, they will learn that counselling is a managed activity, with emphasis being given to the importance of opening and closing a series of sessions.
  • Self-awareness for Counsellors – This unit aims to enable learners to increase self-awareness by analysing and evaluating the impact that their own counselling philosophy, counselling theory and practice has on self and relationships.
  • Research Methodologies in Counselling – In this unit, learners will explore the importance of research in counselling. They will develop their research skills and will learn how to present findings.
  • Counselling Placement – Learners will complete this unit linked to a supervised counselling placement practice of 100 hours. They will analyse how their theoretical approach has influenced their practice, and evaluate learning gained from supervision.

Learners are expected to have personal therapy/counselling whilst working towards this qualification.

Whilst you will gain personal benefit from these courses, they are not for personal therapy. If you are having personal therapy or receiving psychiatric treatment, then it is advised that evidence will be sought from an appropriate person, as to your suitability for the course.

Entry Requirements

As a prerequisite for admission to the Diploma course learners must possess the SEG Awards ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills or an equivalent qualification. You must demonstrate your suitability to undertake this Level 4 qualification course and you will take part in an interview with a course tutor and pass a skill test.

Dates and Course Durations

September (Mon Eve)20th Sep 2021 – 28th Jun 2023, Mondays, 5pm – 9.30pm, 64 weeks

September (Tue Day)21st Sep 2021 – 27th Jun 2023, Tuesday, 10.30am – 3pm, 64 weeks

September (Wed Day)22nd Sep 2021 – 28th Jun 2023, Wednesdays, 10.30am – 3pm, 70 weeks

September (Wed Eve)22nd Sep 2021 – 28th Jun 2023, Wednesdays, 5pm – 9.30pm, 70 weeks

September (Thu Day)23rd Sep 2021 – 29th Jun 2023, Thursdays, 10.30am – 3pm, 70 weeks

Study Method

Classroom-based with some E-learning through York College Blackboard and Microsoft Teams. The teaching team will adopt a delivery approach which supports the development of all individuals. The aims and aspirations of all the learners, including those with identified special needs or learning difficulties/disabilities, will be considered and appropriate support mechanisms put in place.


This course encourages feedback from peers and tutors and a process of self-reflection using weekly journals. There is a mandatory 100-hour work placement (assessed externally by ABC) and a residential weekend. Internal assessment, internal and external moderation. Specific requirements and restrictions may apply to individual units within qualifications.

Course Fees

£ 1112 per year (two year course)
The fees for this course can be supported by a loan, if you feel you may qualify for an available loan, or wish to discuss financial options, please contact the Funding Team.

Additional Costs

Besides the course fees, there will also be supplementary costs for compulsory clinical supervision, personal therapy, residential learning weekend and BACP membership that will be discussed at interview. In addition, students must have a DBS and indemnity insurance as well.


Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course Progression

Learners who complete this qualification may progress to the level 5 Diploma in Counselling or a Postgraduate and Post Qualifying course in counselling studies. Many learners progress towards national accreditation status with professional lead bodies.

Career Progression

When combined with the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, or an equivalent qualification, it meets the basic training requirement for recognition as a qualified counsellor.

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