What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
The Level 4 Diploma provides a full professional qualification for counsellors. Applicants will be expected to have completed the NCFE Award in Counselling Skills and Theory - Level 3 which you can study at Exeter College, or to provide evidence of equivalent prior accredited learning or work experience. You will be required to attend a short individual interview. You will need to demonstrate writing skills at Level 2 (equivalent to a good GCSE pass).
*Please note - This is the second part of a two year programme (Sept 16 to June 18) and is only available for learners progressing from year 1. To apply for this Exeter College course you must complete a 19+ application form and an interview will be arranged.
*Course Dates - The 1st week of the course takes place on a Tuesday and Wednesday but the course will then take place on Tuesdays, plus one weekend residential. 28 days across full year. For further details please see the booklet on the Diploma page on our website.
- Integrative: Humanistic with emphasis on Person Centered theory. Within the humanistic approach we will briefly explore TA, Gestalt and Existential theories
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic theory
- Creative ways of working with use of toys, buttons, artwork, etc.
- Students are encouraged to constructively evaluate and compare CBT and Psychodynamic theories with the main Humanistic theory (PC) and consider how some aspects of these theories may be integrated safely and ethically within a three stage model of integrative counselling.
- Methods will be consonant with the Humanistic approach: lecturers will take a facilitative stance and you will be encouraged to take responsibility for your learning.
- Working group sizes and learning methods will vary. They will embrace discussion, case studies, skills practice, experiential exercises, games, presentations and demonstrations.
There are six internally assessed assignments as follows:
- Professional Organisational Issues in Counselling (K/601/7629) Credit Value: 10
- Counselling in a Diverse Society (D/601/7630) Credit Value 5
- Counselling Theory (K/601/7632) Credit Value 7
- Advanced Counselling Skills (M/601/7633) Credit Value 8
- Self-Awareness for Counsellors (T/601/7634) Credit Value 5
- Research Methodologies in Counselling (A/601/7635) Credit Value 9
There is one externally assessed assignment as follows:
- Counselling Placement (F/601/7636). Portfolio of work submitted after the completion of 100 hours voluntary counselling. This portfolio is submitted during the twelve months following the end of year 2. Credit Value: 18