Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

ABC Awards Code D4023-04
Ofqual Code 603/5029/5
Assessment Pass/Fail Only
Total Qualification Time 620
Guided Learning 310
Recognised by Recognised by Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH) as providing the skills required for this industry
Fee £154.40

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, or an equivalent qualification, 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: Skills and Education Group 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.


Learners who successfully complete the SEG Awards ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling may progress onto Postgraduate and Post Qualifying courses in counselling studies that are designed to enhance the practice, skills and knowledge of a practising counsellor. This provides academic progression alongside a recognised career pathway. It combines the professional aspects, e.g. theoretical knowledge, counselling skills development, self-appraisal and commitment to provision of an ethical quality service and professional development element, which is necessary to ensure that the counsellor is fit to practice. 

Many learners progress towards national accreditation status with professional lead bodies. If learners wish to approach a professional regulatory body, they will need to ensure that they meet their requirements.