Counselling - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 (Year 2)
This course is for people aged 19 or over
Faculty of Professional and Adult Learning
Level Location Start Date End Date Day Time Fee Reduced Ask Apply
Level 4 The Friends (Quaker) Meeting House 12-Sep-18 05-Jun-19 *Tues 09.00-17.00 £2,740.00 No

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 -

Sept 2019 - June 2020 (Year 2)

Autumn Term: 12 days

September 10, 17, 24

October 1, 8, 15,

November 5, 12, 19, 26

December 3, 10

Spring Term: 10 days

January 7, 14, 21, 28

February 4, 11,

March 3, 10, 17, 24

Summer Term: 8 days

April 21, 28

May 5, 12, 19

June 2, 9, 16

For further details please see the booklet on the Diploma page on our website. 

Theoretical Approaches:

  • 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.

Teaching Methods:

  • 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.

What topics will I study?

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

What are the entry requirements?

Entry requirements are a successful interview together with the successful completion of one of the following:

  • NCFE Award in Counselling Skills and Theory - Level 3 (accredited) which you can study here at Exeter College
  • other recognised prior accredited learning or recognised prior learning (it is possible to recognise prior achievements from past or present employment, previous study or voluntary activities if you can produce appropriate evidence)
  • Personal and Professional references
  • Personal qualities demonstrated at interview which, in the view of the panel, equip applicants for a professional future in counselling

NB: A DBS (CRB) check is necessary due to the counselling work experience requirement – this check is undertaken through the College and included in the cost of the course.

What facilities are there?

Learners will be given a college ID badge and have access to all college facilities, including learning centres and computers. You will be able to access all the facilities at the Exeter College sites and, during the first term, there will be a visit to the Hele Road site of the college for instruction on how to log on to the college portal and access resources on line from home.

What can the course lead on to?

Following this course you will be able to:

  • Practice as a competent qualified counselling practitioner
  • Progress onto Postgraduate and Post Qualifying Courses in Counselling studies which provides academic progression alongside a recognised career pathway
  • Use and develop your counselling skills and theoretical knowledge for professional development in areas such as social work, teaching, nursing, human resources etc.
  • Work toward the requirements for accreditation by a professional regulating body.

Are there any additional costs?


  • DBS Checks
  • Annual residential cost (includes overnight stay/food/coffee/tea)
  • Five tutorials with allocated tutor over the two years
  • Essential books in library and on College e-book site

Extra costs

  • BACP student membership approx £70 pa
  • Personal Counselling of 12 hours over the 2 year course is mandatory
  • Hard copies of Essential Books (You do not have to purchase them at the beginning of the course and will be told when each book is relevant)

Possible Additional Costs

  • Post Course Tutorials (approx £56) if 25 of the 100 placement hours have not been completed by end  of taught course
  • Supervision  (approx. £35 to £40 per hour) if not provided by placement
  • Indemnity Insurance Costs (approx £60/£70pa) if not provided by placement
  • Digital Recorder for recording sessions 

What do our students think?

Met my expectations of my training (qualification)."

Introduced me to like minded people."

Experience of learning personal development."

Encouraged to join in feel valued and validated."

I enjoy the course, learning very detailed and through approachable tutors."

College Prospectus

You can progress step by step through a series of Counselling programmes here at Exeter College, to become a fully qualified professional counsellor on completion of our Level 4  Diploma.

All are welcome to try our introductory Counselling Skills Taster course: no experience or  prior qualifications are required. Entry requirements for the higher level courses are set out in our detailed course information. 

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