Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)

BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification

About the Course

This is a two-year Diploma in Counselling based on CPCAB’s model of practitioner development and therapeutic change.

The course is also an Approved Practitioner Qualification by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the registration and accrediting body for UK counsellors and psychotherapists.

The course has been designed around the person-centred approach developed by Carl Rogers and the experiential approach that has developed from the work of Eugene Gendlin.

The course is delivered by a highly qualified and knowledgeable tutor team in delivering person-centred counselling training.  

South Coast Wellbeing and Training is committed to providing individual and intensive counselling training at all levels of qualification. To achieve this, the group size is kept to between 8 and  14 trainees. The trainers’ experience over the years is that smaller groups bring out the best in trainees whereas in larger groups many trainees often get lost and find it difficult to find their voice.

You will be trained to achieve a high degree of competency in offering counselling that is based on the six conditions Rogers saw as essential to therapeutic change, and in gaining the skills to work with clients in Gendlin’s process experiential way.

You will also be introduced to differing ideological and philosophical models of human development and change, and to different models of therapy such as Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

CINTAKEWELCOMEEntry Requirements

You will be expected to have gained the CPCAB L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills and the L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies or an equivalent of a minimum of 150 hours Counselling Skills training. There is also a 19 years minimum age requirement


Course Requirements

100 counselling hours in a placement over the two years of the course is required. 25 hours of supervision for the 100 counselling hours is required. A minimum of 20 hours personal counselling in each year of the course is required.

Next Scheduled Course Details

The Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling January 2021 to December 2022


The course runs over two academic years

There are 220 guided learning hours each year with a total of 440 over the two years of the course.

Each academic year consists of 12 blocks. 

Attendance is on Saturday and Sunday of each Block from 9am until 6.30pm.

Year One Blocks

Block 1   Jan 23/24,      2021      Block 2  Feb 13/14,    2021           Block 3  Mar 13/14,    2021              Block 4  Apr 10/11,       2021

Block 5   May 08/09,   2021      Block 6  June 05/06,  2021         Block 7   July 10/11,    2021              Block 8  Aug 07/08,    2021         

Block 9  Sep 04/05,    2021      Block 10  Oct 02/03,   2021        Block 11   Oct  30/31   2021              Block 12   Nov 27/28    2021

There will be an additional online CPD workshop in Year One of the course. This will be arranged with trainees on the course.

There are seven mandatory CPCAB units taught on the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. The main components of the course – counselling theory, counselling skills, personal development, professional practice and ethics, and supervision – link together and inform each other around trainees’ experiences and knowledge.

The tutor team work closely with trainees to develop a collaborative learning and teaching environment. A range of group work is built into the course in which trainees focus on learning with tutors and each other.

Person-centred theory philosophy and practice is the focus of teaching and learning on the course with alternative theoretical models and counselling approaches used to expand students` general knowledge of counselling theory and skills.


Learning Outcomes

Learning on the course will enable students to:

  • Use counselling theory to understand own self.
  • Use a coherent framework of theory and skills to inform and enhance counselling work.
  • Identify and work with therapeutic conditions as a counsellor.
  • Establish and develop the therapeutic relationship.
  • Work on personal issues that resonate with client work.
  • Use self-awareness to enhance counselling work.
  • Manage own development as a counsellor.
  • Understand and work with client problems at different service levels.
  • Work to establish and sustain the boundaries of the counselling relationship.
  • Work effectively within an ethical and legal framework.
  • Use supervision to work within own limits of proficiency.
  • Understand and work with diversity.
  • Challenge own issues, fears and prejudices.
  • Understand how diversity issues affect clients’ access to counselling.
  • Work within a counselling service organisation.
  • Work within a user-centred agreement for the counselling work.
  • Maintain a user-centred focus throughout the counselling work.
  • Reflect on and evaluate own counselling work within agency settings

Course work, practice hours and supervision hours meet with BACP requirements for counsellors in training. Trainees are required to be BACP student members. Trainees are also required to have a minimum of 40 hours personal counselling with a person-centred counsellor

The overall attendance requirement on the Course is 85%


Teaching and Learning

Teaching on the course is through:

  • A formal tutor input intended to develop knowledge about counselling skills and related topics followed by examination of its effects upon the trainee.
  • By experiential work designed to raise understanding of counselling skills and related topics.
  • Counselling skills practice for new learning and the development of existing skills.



To achieve the qualification, trainees must be assessed as Proficient in both internal and external assessment of the 7 mandatary Units and the learning outcomes within each unit.

Internal Assessment:
Tutor assessment of the trainee’s evidencing of the 7 mandatary units and the learning outcomes within each unit.

External Assessment:
Trainees submit a 30-minute audio recording of a counselling session with a peer and associated 2-hour written Candidate Review Paper which is sent to CPCAB for assessment.


South Coast Wellbeing and Training
10 The Broadway
Hampden Park
BN22 20S


There will be formal interviews for the course which consist of individual half hour interviews for candidates with the Course lead tutors.


Successful candidates from the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) will be eligible to progress to the Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)


Fees and Payment Options


L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Tuition Fees

£5980 for the two years of the course including CPCAB registration fees for the two years

Fees per year


CPCAB Registration Fees

£754 for the two years of the course 

£327 per year


Payment Options

Option 1

£460 deposit.

The balance made up of two payments of £2760  at the start of each year of the course.

Option 2

£460 deposit.

24  installments of £230

Option 3

No Deposit and 24 installments of £250

Installments are due at the start of each Block and preferably by Standing Order.






The deposit for the course is to be made six weeks before the course starts.


Apply now for the September 2020 or the January 2021 course by downloading an Application Form

10 The Broadway, Hampden Park, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 0AS

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