Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4)

BACP Approved Practitioner Qualification


It seems that many online Level 2 and Level 3 courses have become increasingly popular lately. Unfortunately, most of these online courses aren’t acceptable as entry requirements for our courses unless they meet the following criteria:

  • The course was run in a regular group setting
  • You engaged in regular peer-to-peer observed skills practice
  • The level 2 course was made up of at least 90 guided learning hours
  • The level 3 course was made up of at least 196 hours

We do accept applicants who have completed online training as long as the above criteria has been met.

We accept prior learning from applicants who have extensive 1:1 work experience in a supporting role capacity where active listening skills were used and especially with a mental health focus and this would be discussed further at the interview stage.

Counselling is very much a specific and specialist training so where possible we would urge you to consider starting at level 2 to ensure you engage in robust and comprehensive training which will better prepare you for training at Diploma level should this be your route of choice.

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).

  Entry Requirement

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.



BLOCK1 Sat/Sun Jan 20/21          BLOCK 2 Sat/Sun Feb 17/18     BLOCK 3 Sat/Sun Mar 16/17

BLOCK 4 Sat/Sun April 13/14       BLOCK 5 Sat/Sun May 11/12     BLOCK 6 Sat/Sun June 8/9

BLOCK 7 Sat/Sun June 29/30     BLOCK 8 Sat/Sun July 28/29   BLOCK 9 Sat/Sun Sep 21/2

BLOCK 10 Sat/Sun Oct 19/20       BLOCK 11 Sat/Sun Nov 16/17    BLOCK 12 Sat/Sun Dec 7/8


The course consists of :

  • 24 Blocks – 12 Blocks in each year of the course. There will be an additional online day workshop in each year of the course
  • Each Block will run over Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm.
  • There will be no Blocks in August to allow for annual holidays.
  • Start Date: Sep 14th 2024 
  • End Date: July 11th 2026 

(With high demand for our Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling training we strongly recommend booking early for this course).

Course Fees and Payment Options



Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Tuition Fees

£7350 for the two years of the course

This includes CPCAB registration fees of £700 for the two years of the course.

Accepting a place on the course candidates commit to paying for the full Year 1 course fees, regardless of whether they finish Year 1.

Candidates starting Year 2 of the course commit to paying for the full Year 2 course fees regardless of whether they finish Year 2.

Fees Per Year

£3675 per year

Payment Options

Option 1

£870 Deposit

Deposits are non-refundable

The balance is made up of two payments of £3240 at the start of each year of the course.

Option 2

£870 Deposit

Deposits are non-refundable

24  monthly instalments of £270

A Standing Order is required for this option.


The deposit is to be made on acceptance to the course.

We have a mximum number for the course of fifteeen. Once this number is reached a Reserve list will be opened for any places that are not taken up at the start of the course. Those on the Reserve list who do not join the September 2023 course will receive priority for the next running of the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which is scheduled for September 2024.


Apply now for the next course by downloading an Application Form

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