This page provides all the necessary information that you may need to support and guide you in your application for the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
York Learning has been delivering the CPCAB Counselling Training Courses since 2013 and in that time we have grown to become one of the biggest training centres for CPCAB in the whole of Yorkshire.
All members of the Counselling tutor team are fully qualified counsellors as well as qualified teachers with an extensive amount of knowledge and experience that they bring to the classroom. We are very passionate about providing the highest quality training from Level 2 to Level 4 and we put our learners at the centre of everything we do.
Here at York Learning we pride ourselves on being aware of and responsive to the specific needs of adult learners. We respect and appreciate that on most occasions our learners will be balancing their counselling training with other commitments and priorities such as work, family and child care; often our learners also travel from out of the local area to attend weekly sessions.
With this in mind, all of our courses are delivered through a blended learning model so that we can continue to offer our learners an inclusive and engaging learning environment. The courses combine high quality, interactive online teaching (via Zoom) with more traditional face to face learning from our premises at The Centre @ Burnholme.
We look forward to welcoming you onto the Level 4 Diploma ( subject to the application and interview selection process) as you continue your journey of counselling training with York Learning.
Programme Lead: York Learning Counselling
This professional qualification will provide you with the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor within an agency context (initially) but with additional experience and support from a clinical supervisor you may also progress to independent private practice.
The course is BACP recognised which means that during your training you are eligible to apply for student membership to the BACP. On completion of the course you will be eligible to become a full member of BACP and work towards accreditation if desired.
This course is run over a period of 2 years. During the 2 years you will meet on a weekly basis either in person or on line for 7 hours per week (excluding the usual academic holidays such as half term holidays, Easter and Christmas). The course will run on a Tuesday from 10am – 5pm
Year 1 of the course will start on Tuesday 14th September 2021 until Tuesday 14th July 2022
Year 2 of the course will start on Tuesday 13th September 2022 to Tuesday 11th July 2023.
You are expected to attend each session to ensure that you get the most out of the course and absence from sessions will only be accepted due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness or other work commitments.
There are a number of course requirements for the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. We have categorised them into the following: ‘financial’, ‘time’, ‘personal’ and ‘academic’. Please see appendix [A] for a detailed breakdown of these requirements. There may be other course requirements as your training gets underway but in essence these are the main ones to consider at this stage.
You are required to have completed the CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (or equivalent) and the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply for the course. Special consideration may be given to those who do not hold a Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications in Counselling Skills and Studies if they are able to evidence that they have recognised prior learning (RPL). RPL will be awarded to those who have qualifications in other related fields and / or actual practical experience within the counselling profession.
The first step is to complete the application form along with your personal statement outlining your reasons for wanting to do the course. We strongly advise that you attend one of the Level 4 Information events that are being offered remotely in the summer before completing the personal statement.
Once we have received your application form, personal statement and reference you will be notified if you have made it to the second stage of the application process which is the Level 4 interview.
At the second stage, all applicants will be required to attend an interview with the Programme Lead and a Level 4 Co-Tutor where you will be required to enter into a dialogue around your reasons and motivations for wanting to do the course. At this stage we are really looking for your openness to the process of counselling training at this level and how well you feel you will manage the demands and requirements of the course. The core theoretical modality of our Level 4 Diploma is Person Centred and the style of the interview will reflect this. Interviews will take place during the summer and specific methods for interview along with dates and times will be confirmed at the information events.
The third stage is to be notified if you have been successful in securing a place on the course. If you have not been successful then you can request feedback that might support you to make an application again in the future.
This qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and /or severe psychological confusion. The course involves experiential elements that will involve personal disclosure and self reflection through associated personal developmental activities. The emotional demands of this course require applicants to be open to personal growth and development therefore it is essential that you have a good level of self awareness around your personality, your personal history and how you form relationships with others.
£4770 (self funded or via advanced learner loan). If you are self funding then you can pay the full £4770 at the start of the course or in a number of agreed instalments. If you are loan funding, you are required to pay a non refundable £100 deposit to secure your place and then apply to the advanced learner loan company for the remaining balance of £4670.
There are 2 elements to the course and both are required to be passed in order to gain the qualification
The assessment strategy maintains a focus on practitioner skills and qualities as well as on written evidence. The combination of tutor assessment and separate external assessment by CPCAB values both objective independent assessments and the relational knowledge of the candidate and their work.
This qualification has been designed to take account of the latest research findings on what makes counselling effective and is underpinned by the CPCAB model of practitioner development.
The qualification currently offers routes on to the following professional body registers accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA):
This qualification has 7 Learning Processes that will be covered in a range of ways as follows:
In year 2 the learning will mainly be evidenced through your own placement through case studies, case presentations, transcriptions of counselling skills, personal journaling and clinical supervision.