If you have an interest in counselling and helping others, or are already using counselling skills in your professional or voluntary work in the healthcare, social care or educational capacities, then this course is for you. Also an ideal qualification for anyone looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge.
Important: We recommend having a level 3 Counselling qualification (or similar) so that you have the founding knowledge you’ll need to succeed on the Advanced Counselling Level 4.
This Level 4 Diploma will help you to develop a deeper understanding of counselling knowledge and skills. A distance learning course is an ideal way to gain an Advanced Counselling diploma, allowing you to comprehensively prepare for an exam or career through home study.
Intuitively some individuals are keen observers, good listeners, easily able to establish rapport, some people naturally have an awareness of body language communication and can respond appropriately to people. However, theory and knowledge, as well as practical experience, can certainly develop these skills. Counselling is a complex skill requiring a sound knowledge base and excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will be faced with a wide range of problems and of varying severity.
Counselling has proven to be an extremely effective therapy for the wide variety of situations with which people find themselves struggling, it is vital therefore that you understand not only how to work with
these issues, but also the factors that lead to these issues developing. During this course, you will study a foundation of relevant models and skills that will equip you to engage in purposeful coaching and mentoring conversations and relationship building.
NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 thousand students were awarded certification by NCFE last year through over 2,000 colleges and training providers nationally. With a heritage stretching back over 150 years,.
Up to 200 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months.
You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.
The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.
Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.
This course is fully accredited by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists) meaning you will be able to gain registration with a counselling association and start to gain practical counselling experience once you’ve completed the course.
At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here. Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an NCFE qualification.
You’ll be introduced to the concept of counselling, its differences to psychotherapy and what settings or professions it might be used.
Discover what clinical supervision is all about, the focus of supervision sessions and why supervision is important.
Develop further insight and knowledge of counselling skills and when and where they are best used.
Recognise the importance of boundaries within a counselling relationship and why they’re necessary. You’ll also explore the consequences of working without professional boundaries, look at contracts between a client and therapist, as well as policies, procedures, health and safety.
Gain an understanding of why counsellors need high levels of self-awareness when treating clients. You’ll also explore codes of conducts published by membership organisations, as well as the middle stages of counselling work with clients.
In this unit, you’ll look at humanist therapies, conditions of worth the person-centred theory and the work of Carl Rogers. There will also be a case study to read to aid your learning.
This unit will explore the psychodynamic approach, including personality theory, defence mechanisms, stages of development, transference and counter-transference.
Examine how a client’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours are connected. Areas you’ll explore include the ABC Model and the aim of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
In this section, you’ll learn to set SMART goals, what is meant by goal-focused counselling, and the end stages of counselling work.
Consider integrative therapy – where counsellors use several distinct models to treat clients. You’ll also look at attachment theories and childhood development.
Recognise the importance of confidentiality, the law and note keeping when practising counselling.
The final unit focuses on diversity and difference and the need to pay particular care and awareness when working with clients.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.
You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.
No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.
No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.
To enrol on this Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma, you will need to already have and hold a Counselling Skills Level 3 Diploma.
That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).
Great quality course and I am really enjoying home study more than I thought I would.
I enrolled on 2 courses with Oxbridge and I can 100% vouch for their professionalism and quality of service.
It’s hard work when working full time, but that’s the beauty of learning in this way – it’s all at my own speed. The quality of the learning materials is high and there is support if needed. This is my second course with Oxbridge and I’ve found each experience to be first class.
I studied my Level 3 with Oxbridge and it was great – I have worked in the counselling industry for quite some time but never had any real training in it – everything I knew was learnt on the job. I wanted something a bit more formal to back up my experience with. After fabulous results in Level 3 I am doing Level 4 now and only wish I had done this sooner.
I’m extremely proud of my results and would like to thank everyone at Oxbridge for such great service and experience.