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Counselling Diploma Level 4

  • Overview of the course

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    The professional counselling diploma, which is accredited by ABC, is a two year part time course. There are 330 taught hours and 100 hours of professional practice. There are also two residential weekends.
  • What you'll learn

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    The course aims to offer students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the counseling process whilst undertaking an external placement within a voluntary setting. Students will be presented with an Integrationist approach, underpinned by a Humanistic, Person centered way of working. The emphasis is upon ethical, reflective practice with a non-discriminatory attitude and understanding of difference and diversity. All aspects of the course will be supported by personal and professional development work. It is an experiential learning experience and our relationship with students is based upon equality and mutuality.
  • Entry requirements

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    To successfully complete the course, students are required to have achieved over 80% attendance; submitted and passed 7 units of assessment and completed over 100 one-to-one externally supervised counseling hours.

    Units 1 – 6 will be assessed by the course tutor and unit 7 will assessed by an external examiner appointed by ABC.

    Tutors provide written feedback for all assignments and facilitate regular individual tutorials. Self and peer assessment is also encouraged throughout the course.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    The minimum entry requirements are the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills or its equivalent. All candidates are asked to complete a detailed application form and provide 2 references (one of which should be a tutor from the Skills Certificate Course). If the application meets the course entry requirements, prospective students are invited to attend for interview. Candidates will need to satisfy the course tutors of their suitability and commitment to this level of professional training. It will also be expected students will have taken steps to secure an external placement.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    Not at this point.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    You can contact a member of the team via
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to a tutor before enrolling on to this course.

    Please send your contact details to and a tutor will contact you.
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £1770.00
  • Future opportunities

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    The level 4 Diploma in Counselling is the minimum professional qualification which entitles the successful learner to be regarded as a counsellor. The award complements a wide range of careers in health and community settings. Successful completion of the course provides opportunities for further studies at Degree and Master’s level.
  • Additional Information

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    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, please call our helpline on 01204 482 000.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must bring their qualification certificates with them to enrolment. Learners will not be able to enrol without this information. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one you need):
    If you are unable to provide certificates you will be asked to complete a self declaration form when you enrol.


    Our Helpline can provide you with general information regarding studying at Bolton College. We also offer advice and guidance meetings to help you decide your next move. Please call 01204 482 000.
    Lines are open :
    • during term time : Monday to Thursday between 8:45am and 7pm (5pm on Fridays)
    • out of term : Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm

    Bolton College endeavours to ensure that the information provided in this document is accurate. All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact email the Customer Services Manager at or alternatively call 01204 482 040 or visit us at Deane Road, Bolton, BL3 5BG.

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom on or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, someone in the Learning Centre Reception or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or 01204 482758.

    Enrolment Details

    To enrol at one of our Community Learning Centres or our main Deane Road Campus click here for enrolment times.
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  • Time:

    12:00 - 21:00
    4.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    72 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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