Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma

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.

Our Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma has Online Quality Checked training recognition with the National Counselling Society (NCS). Great news for trainee-counsellors looking for a credible counselling course.

Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma

Important: We strongly recommend having a Level 3 Counselling qualification. This is because a strong groundwork of the basics will greatly help you on the Advanced Counselling Level 4.

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?

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 a ideal way to develop new skills or evolve the skills you may already have while studying counselling.

For instance, you may be a keen observer or a good listener who can build rapport with others. Similarly, you may be good at reading body language and know how to respond to make someone feel comfortable. Don’t have these skills? You can easily develop or fine-tune them with the right practical experience and theory work.

Our Advanced Counselling Level 4 Diploma was awarded ‘Quality Checked’ training status with the NCS. Great news for trainee-counsellors looking for a credible counselling course to study from the comforts of home.

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 qualification for anyone looking to improve their prospects and expand their knowledge of counselling.
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Awarding body: CACHE Customised Qualifications
Our course ref: X407

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Study Hours

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

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 a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

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.


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 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 CACHE 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 customised CACHE qualifications here. Tens of thousands of people each year further their education with an CACHE qualification.

Additional Information
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.
Section 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

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, it's strongly recommended that you already have and hold Counselling Skills Level 3 Diploma.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our FAQs section or Contact Us, we are happy to answer any questions you have.

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