Counselling Advanced Diploma Level 4

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This Counselling Advanced course will teach you various approaches to counselling. These will include Existentialist, Rational Emotive and Adlerian therapies plus more. Counselling is a sort of ‘talking therapy’ that allows an individual to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential environment. Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is a type of therapy in its own right.

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This course can be studied as a progression course from Counselling Level 3. The Counselling Advanced Diploma is a great way to learn more about counselling and its varying approaches.

Study Time: 100 hours
Enrolment length: 12 months
Course Format: Paper based course
Entry Requirements: None Specific

Upon completion of this course students are awarded a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme. All certification fees are included in your course fees.


In 2014 the BACP carried out some research to find out more about people’s attitudes towards counselling and psychotherapy. Some of the key findings included:

28% of people have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist (up from 21% in 2010)

54% of respondents said that they, a family member, friend or work colleague have consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist

69% of people think the world would be a better place if people talked about their feelings more.

You will learn the distinctive differences and similarities between the approaches. These techniques are not universal and vary from topic to topic.


This course comes to you as a paper course pack which you can work through in your own time. By reading through the lessons on the course and with the help of a personal tutor you will be able to learn all of the necessary knowledge required to tackle the tutor marked assignments that are used to assess the course.


A tutor will be able for support via post or e-mail, with our student support team also on hand to help with any queries you may have. Assignments must be submitted to your tutor through email and these are then marked as soon as possible.

Course Content

This course assesses the following units:

Module 1: Counselling – Definition, Qualification & Registration

Module 2: Freud and the Psychoanalytic Approach

Module 3: Jung and the Development of the Psychodynamic Approach

Module 4: The Adlerian Approach & Individual Psychology

Module 5: Existential Psychotherapy

Module 6: Gestalt Psychotherapy

Module 7: Psychodrama Therapy

Module 8: Carl Rogers & Client Centred Counselling

Module 9: Transactional Analysis

Module 10: Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Module 11: Egan and the Skilled Helper Approach

Module 12: Albert Ellis and the Rational Emotive Behavioural Approach

Module 13: Beck and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach

Module 14: Reality Therapy

Module 15: Post Traumatic Stress Counselling

Module 16: Verbal Communication Skills in Counselling

Module 17: Non Verbal Communication

Module 18: Counsellor/Client Listening Skills

Module 19: Counselling and the Law

Module 20: Counselling & Administrative Considerations


To pass this course learners must complete a number of assignments. These are completed after navigating through the lessons which are sent to students and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

Quality Licence Scheme

Quality Licence Scheme

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).


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The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Oakwood Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at the level shown against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oakwood Home Learning to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Counselling Advanced Diploma Level 4 course regulated?

This course is endorsed on a Quality License Scheme from ABC Awards and a certificate of completion is issued when you finish. QLS courses are not regulated by Ofqual and are used to gain evidence of knowledge and skills outside the scope of Ofqual.

What is included in the cost of the Counselling Advanced Diploma Level 4 course?

The cost of this course includes everything needed to pass. Your lessons, tutor support and certification costs are all included in the price with no additional costs at any stage. Should you wish to buy paper versions of the course materials you can do so on the checkout for £35 extra but this is optional.

What entry requirements are there for this course?

There are no entry requirements for this course at all. Anyone can study for this certification and there is no need to have any prior knowledge or experience.

How long do I have to study?

This Advanced Counselling course has an enrolment length of 12 months included from the date you enrol. This is plenty of time to complete the assignments but you can purchase additional time for £60 per month should you need longer to finish the assignments.

Do I have to sit an exam?

No, there are no exams on this course. Everything is assessed through coursework which you can submit at any time within the enrolment length.

Am I assigned a tutor for this course?

Yes – all students are assigned to a personal tutor who will be in charge of your tuition. The same tutor marks all of your work as well as being available to answer any questions you may have throughout your enrolment period.

Do I need to be working to do the Counselling Level 4?

No, you do not need a work placement. Everything is completed online from home through written assignments and there are no practical assignments needed.

Can I speak to someone before I enrol?

Of course. Our helpful course advisors are on hand from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. Contact us on our online chat or by calling 0800 772 0887 to discuss this course.

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