Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Counselling Therapeutic

Counselling Therapeutic

Counselling Therapeutic Course

CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

If you already have a recognised level 3 qualification in counselling skills and counselling studies, then this two year part-time course will give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context in both health care and non-medical settings.

Fees are per academic year, subject to change

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Is this course right for me?

This qualification has a strong focus on experiential areas such as professional discussion and workshops; seminars; projects and presentations; learning reviews; simulated counselling practice; case studies; and simulated group training supervision. The course seeks to recreate real-life counselling scenarios, and will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal developmental activities.

This course is not suitable for anyone who has had a recent bereavement or trauma and not suitable for personal therapy.

Successful completion of this course means you will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service – initially within the context of an agency’s service framework but later (with experience and support from the supervisor, or by completing Level 5 or its equivalent) may progress to independent practice.

This two year course normally runs on a Monday, 13:00 – 20:00, with a four day residential course at the end of year one, starting in September.  Applications close at the end of May each year although late applications may be accepted if places are still available.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this course, please do not hesitate to contact our community courses team, during working hours, on 01437 753 139 or anytime via email


  • You will be expected to have successfully completed the previous level in this subject area or similar
  • A portfolio/examples of work may be required
  • Life skills, experience and maturity are important
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry may be subject to interview
  • The learner must be over the age of 19
  • Successful completion of current/relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Please read the full entry requirements above as you will usually need to meet those as well.

Units to be studied include:

  • Working ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
  • Working within a counselling relationship
  • Working with client diversity in counselling work
  • Working within a user-centred approach to counselling
  • Working with self-awareness in the counselling process
  • Working within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
  • Working self-reflectively as a counsellor

You will be required to arrange and attend over 100 hours of formally-contracted counselling (one-to-one) with at least 5 different clients in an agency setting. This is an integral and mandatory part of completing this course. The placement is usually one where the trainee is a volunteer.

Additional Requirements

  • Personal counselling – a minimum of 10 hours face to face personal therapy during the course (to accommodate a range of theoretical approaches).
  • Client work – a minimum of 100 hours formally-contracted counselling (one-to-one) with at least 5 different clients in an agency setting. Cancellations
    and non-attends do not count towards this total.
  • Residential Trip – You will be required to attend a 4 day residential trip, where the accommodation, food and activities are included in the course cost but drinks and any extra would need to be paid for.

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Workplace evidence
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination

Following completion of this course you might want to try another one of our community courses.

  • No additional equipment required

You can pay in a lump sum or by monthly payments

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Last updated: 28/07/2022
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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