Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

ABC Awards Code D4102-04
Ofqual Code 500/9253/4
Assessment Pass/Fail Only
Total Qualification Time 620
Guided Learning 300
Fee £154.40

REGISTRATIONS CLOSED FOR THIS QUALIFICATION 31st DECEMBER 2019. THE REPLACEMENT QUALIFICAITON CAN BE FOUND HERE:https://qlsawards.wpengine.com/qualification/level-4-diploma-in-therapeutic-counselling/

This qualification is made up of credit rated units developed in association with Skills for Health, the Sector Skills Council for the Health and Social Care Sector. When combined with the ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, it meets the basic training requirement for recognition as a qualified counsellor and also contains supervised placement hours. Learners will complete this qualification with a comprehensive and full understanding of the following:

  • Ethical frameworks, including the importance of setting, supervision and casework management in counselling
  • The impact diverse culture and heritage can have on the client/counsellor relationship in a multicultural society
  • One major therapeutic model
  • How to conduct a counselling session with a client in an ethical, effective and safe way
  • How to increase self-awareness
  • The purpose and importance of Research in counselling

Please note: ABC Awards is unable to advise individual learners on submissions and urges learners with any course or assessment related questions to contact their centres for guidance and assistance that you may require.

Counselling Placement Unit Webinars

In September 2017, ABC Awards updated the guidance and associated documents for the Counselling Placement Unit within the ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. We produced a webinar in which we explain these changes, which can be accessed from here-
Counselling Placement Unit Update Webinar.

In addition, in February 2018 we held a Q&A webinar on the unit which gave centres the opportunity to submit questions they had regarding the Learning Outcomes or Assessment Criteria of the unit, on any aspects of the units’ administration or on the online e-portfolio for the unit, AchieveLive. We also recommend viewing this webinar, which can be accessed from here-
Counselling Placement Unit Q&A Webinar.


Learners who complete this qualification may progress to Postgraduate and Post Qualifying courses in counselling studies. Many learners progress towards national accreditation status with professional lead bodies.