L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)

About the Course

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

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 the most experienced person-centred tutor team in the South East with 25 years of experience of teaching the person-centred approach to Honours Degree level.

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 a maximum of 12 trainees. The trainers’ experience over the years is that small 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).

122/ Entry 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 40 hours personal counselling in each year of the course is required. A minimum of 30 hours’ group supervision is also required.

Course Details

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 11 blocks. Each block will involve tutor contact and attendance on:

Blocks 1 – 9


9am-7pm each day

Blocks 10 – 11


9am – 7pm each day

Next Scheduled Blocks

Block 1   Sep 26/27         2020                 Block 2  Oct 24/25    2020

Block 3  Nov 21/22          2020                 Block 4  Dec 12/13     2020

Block 5  Jan 16/17            2021                   Block 6   Feb 20/21    2021

Block 7  Mar  20/21          2021                   Block 8  Apr 17/18      2021             

Block 9  May 15/16           2021                 Block 10  June 11/12/13/14  2021

Block 11  July 2/3/4/5       2021

There are seven mandatory CPCAB units taught on the course. 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 students’ experiences and knowledge.

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

In all units, person-centred theory philosophy and practice is the focus of teaching and learning with alternative theoretical models and counselling approaches used to expand students` general knowledge of counselling theory and skills.

Learning Outcomes

Your learning on the course will enable you 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. Students 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 student.
  • 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, candidates 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 candidates evidencing of the above assessment criteria.

External Assessment:
Candidates 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 & Resources Fees

£2760.00 per year including initial CPCAB registration fee

CPCAB Registration Fee

£327.00 per year

Total Course Fee


Payment Options

£300 deposit.

The balance to be made up of two payments of £2610 at the start of each year of the course, or to be spread over 20 equal monthly payments of £261.


Payment is to be made once the interview process is complete and you are offered a place on the course.


Apply now by downloading an Application Form

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

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