Advanced Counselling Diploma Level 4


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Level 4 Advanced Diploma

ABC Awards

360 Hours

No Entry Requirements

 Enrolment Fee £525.00

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A Distance Learning Course is the ideal way to gain a qualification without having the worry of trying to fit your studies around your everyday life.  You can complete your studies in your own time and we are on hand seven days a week to help you plan your future.

Course Description

This Distance Learning Advanced Counselling Diploma Level 4 course comprises of twenty modules which are designed to give the student a good basic knowledge of the main theories that underly the most commonly practiced approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. It is a requirement for registration as a counsellor or psychotherapist that a candidate has obtained a certificate showing evidence of successful completion of a theoretical course providing a basic knowledge of the main theories in psychotherapy and counselling. Additionally the candidate will need to complete around 400-450 hours of supervised practical work, this is discussed in module 1 and in greater detail in module 19, together with helpful suggestions as to how such practical training may be obtained.

The student will note that the terms counselling, psychotherapy and therapy are used interchangeably, as are the terms counsellor, psychotherapist and therapist; no apologies are made for this as these terms are used interchangeably in most of the literature on counselling and psychology. The term clinician is used in some texts on counselling and psychotherapy, this term has overtones of medical qualification and has been deliberately avoided in this course. Any student who successfully completes this course is not medically qualified, and if presented with a client who raises the slightest suspicion of requiring medical or psychiatric treatment, should advise such a client to consult their medical practitioner as soon as is reasonably possible.

Much of the early work in counselling and psychotherapy was carried out in Europe and particularly Germany and Austria; as a result some German terminology is universally used, particularly in the early psychotherapeutic approaches. Where words are used in this text, an English translation will be offered, or where the word does not translate literally, an attempt has been made to describe the concept referred to as best as possible. Since many of the early psychologists and psychotherapists were Jewish, they were forced to flee Europe and Nazi persecution in the late 1930s, many of them making their homes in the USA. This lends a North American flavour and the incorporation of a great deal of American terminology to counselling and psychotherapy from the 1940s onwards. 

The learner will note a marked similarity in some of the techniques used in the different approaches, particularly those such as Existentialist, Rational Emotive and Adlerian therapies, which are based on the assumption that human beings are able to control and change their destinies. For instance, there are some strong similarities between Ellis’s Rational Emotive Therapy and Glasser’s Reality Therapy, yet there are also significant differences. The learner should not treat the use of techniques as being universal, there are subtle differences between approaches and the learner needs to be sure they are aware of these differences. Every module in the course requires the same attention, if the learner is to appreciate the similarities and differences in the varying approaches.

Previous Knowledge Required

You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor.

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You will receive the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch together with dedicated Tutor Support for 12 months.  All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course.

You will be provided with the telephone number for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


You must successfully complete a series of activities and assessments. Once all assessments and activities have been completed satisfactorily, you will then be awarded your certificate.  The good news is, there is no final exam.

Enrolment Fees

You can enrol online today by either paying in full or taking advantage of our easy payment plan.  The first instalment will be due one month following enrolment.

Payment Method            Version Initial Payment Monthly Instalment Total Payable
Pay in Full Paper £440.00 Nil £440.00
Instalment Option 1 Paper £295.00 £57.50 X 4 months £525.00
Instalment Option 2 Paper £195.00 £110.00 X 3 months £525.00

Please note the easy payment plan is not available to International Students.

Delivery costs are as follows:
UKFree Delivery
Rest of the World£65.00
Payment of delivery charges will be required before dispatch of your course.

  • 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
Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.  The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by NCC Home Learning to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements.   ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met.  A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government.  They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF).  It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.   As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK


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