Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma

Our course code: X407

Course fee £495 or from £37 per month

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Do you have an interest in counselling and helping others? Perhaps you’re already using counselling skills in your professional or voluntary work and want to broaden your horizons. Our Advanced Counselling Level 4 covers key approaches to short-term and goal-focused counselling and self-awareness. An ideal qualification for anyone looking to study counselling at a higher level, improve their prospects or expand their knowledge.

Important: We strongly recommend you have a Level 3 Counselling qualification for this course. This is because a strong groundwork of the basics will greatly help you on the Advanced Counselling Level 4. Whilst this course does not give you a license to practice as a counsellor, it will improve your knowledge and prospects.

What to expect on our Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma?

Our Advanced Counselling Diploma provides insight into the knowledge and skills of counsellors. First, you’ll learn the distinction between counselling and psychotherapy before looking at the need for clinical supervision.

As you progress, you’ll master key skills counsellors use every day to help people manage conditions such as anxiety. Moreover, you’ll learn the importance of boundaries and confidentiality in a counselling relationship.

Finally, we’ll look at self-awareness, the benefits of SMART goals, and various approaches to therapy. In addition, there will be many exercises to aid your studies, including Kolb’s learning styles and the experimental learning style. As a result, you’ll complete the course with an advanced understanding of counselling.

Who is this Advanced Counselling Course for?

This is an ideal course for anyone who has studied Counselling Skills at Level 3. This step-up expands on what you will have previously learned with more advanced concepts and a deeper exploration of key approaches and theories. It’s also an ideal way to develop new skills or evolve the skills you may already have while studying counselling.

Whilst this qualification does not give a license to practice as a counsellor, it does teach you the knowledge and skills needed to pursue higher education, experience, and avenues for this career in the future. You will also be able to attain membership with the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists, and Hypnotherapists).

Counselling has proven extremely effective for many mental health conditions. Thus, developing an advanced counselling mindset will enable you to engage in purposeful coaching and relationship building. Enrol today!

On this Level 4 Counselling Course, you will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of development and attachment
  • Understand the treatment models used in counselling
  • Develop your ability to apply theory to their practical work with clients
  • Identify issues of setting up a private practice
  • Discover the purpose and need for quality regulation
  • Discuss the importance of and barriers communication

An advanced course for anyone looking to improve their prospects and expand their knowledge of counselling.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 200 hours, which is around 30 minutes per day for 12 months.

To successfully complete this course, there is a requirement to complete 100 hours plus counselling, this can be on a voluntary basis, to facilitate and demonstrate your skills in counselling.

Study Method

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.

Course Duration

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 an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


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.

Course Outcomes





This course has Professional Endorsement by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), meaning that once you’ve completed it, you’ll be able to register as a student member.

When the ACCPH endorse a course at a Level, it is approximately equivalent to that Level of those qualifications that are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). The RQF is the national framework of UK qualifications, and the certificate of achievement is issued by a National Awarding Organisation.

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 customised qualifications here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 4

Entry requirements - It's recommended having a Counselling Level 3 qualification, so you have the founding knowledge to succeed on this Level 4 qualification.

Course Content

1: Defining Counselling and Psychotherapy; The Necessity of Clinical Supervision

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • What is counselling?
  • What settings might counselling be used?
  • The differences between counselling and psychotherapy
  • What is clinical supervision?
  • The focus, function, challenges and importance of supervision
  • The importance of giving and receiving feedback
2: Counselling Skills Sessions

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Implementation of core counselling skills
  • Use of different interventions with clients
  • Core conditions when in therapeutic contact
  • Skills of Active Listening
  • Ways to Start a Counselling Session


3: Boundaries, The Law, and Note-keeping

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Boundaries within a counselling relationship
  • Contracts between a client and therapist
  • Organisational policies and procedures
  • Health and safety
  • The rights of clients
  • Prevention of serious harm to the client or to others
  • Notes and record-keeping
  • Recording sessions with clients
  • GDPR
4: Self-Awareness

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Application of self-awareness
  • Insight into counselling therapy
  • Middle stages of counselling work
  • Membership organisations
  • Multi-disciplinary team working
  • Research and counselling
5: Theoretical Approaches to the Use of Counselling: Person-centred, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Three key approaches to counselling
    • Person-centred theory
    • Psychodynamic approach
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Psychosexual stages of development
  • Transference and counter-transference
  • The ABC model
6: Short Term and Goal Focused Counselling

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • How short-term therapy might work
  • GROW models and SMART goals
  • Mental health classification and DSM-5


7: Integrating Theoretical Approaches

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Integrative therapy
  • Benefits of integrative counselling
  • Attachment theories
  • Childhood development


8: Diversity

Develop your understanding of the following:

  • Importance of diversity awareness
  • Diversity when working with clients
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Diversity and difference in counselling
  • How counsellors work with difference and diversity
9: Workshop Reflective Practice Exercises

Reflective exercises that aren’t mandatory but beneficial to your studies. You’ll consider the following:

  • Reflective practice
  • Kolb – learning styles
  • The experimental learning cycle
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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

To enrol on this Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma, it's strongly recommended that you already have and hold Counselling Skills Level 3 Diploma.

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 the specified duration of your course.

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.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!