BACP Approved CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling

Starting September 2024 – Tuesday term time – face to face – 9.30am to 4.30pm in Petworth


This is a blended course which includes online (via Zoom 25 %) and face-to-face learning.

This two-year part-time qualification gives candidates the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context in both health care and non-medical settings.

Successful completion of this course means you will be able to provide a therapeutic counselling service, initially within the context of an agency framework but later as an independent practitioner with the support and guidance of your supervisor.

As part of the course, candidates will complete the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy certificate of proficiency. This will enable successful candidates to apply for registered status with the BACP once they have completed the CPCAB course, including the 100 hours of practice required for internal assessment.

What does the qualification cover

  • 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

Student requirements

  • Students are required to engage with independent study to meet the complete course assignments – this includes keeping a Learning journal throughout the 2 years.
  • Each student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of personal counselling during the two years. This should be with a BACP accredited counsellor approved by WSCT. The cost of personal therapy is not included in the course fees. It is strongly advised that students attend counselling throughout the two-year course. In addition, it is worth noting that most degree level courses require you to have engaged in at least 50 hours of personal counselling at level 4 to be accepted onto a higher-level programme.
  • Each student must complete 100 hours of supervised client work during the two years of the course in a placement approved by WSCT. Students need to be in a placement by Easter 2023 in order to complete course assignments and to go through to Year 2.
  • Each student will need to arrange for supervision of placement work. The BACP requirement is a minimum of 1.5 hours per month. Supervision is not included in the course fees and may or may not be funded by your placement.
  • Students are required to achieve a Certificate of Competency with WSCT before commencing placement.
  • Each student needs to arrange their own student membership of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and their own professional liability insurance before commencing a placement.
  • Students will produce a portfolio of evidence that will include observations, group discussion observation sheets, case studies, reports/notes, placement log, supervision, and agency reports.
  • To find out more about the course structure visit

Reading list

  • Budd, McKeever, Postings (2019). A Students Guide To Therapeutic Counselling. London: Sage
  • Rogers (2003). Client Centred Therapy. London: Constable
  • Mearns, Thorne. Mclead (2013) Person-Centred Counselling In Action. London: Sage

How will the course be delivered?

Year 1

Autumn term 2024

Starts: Tuesday 17th September
Half term: No class Tuesday 29th October
Ends: Tuesday 10th December

Spring term 2025

Starts: Tuesday 7th January
Half term: No class Tuesday 18th February
Ends: Tuesday 1st April

Summer term 2025

Starts: Tuesday 22nd April
Half term: No Class Tuesday 27th May
Ends: Tuesday 8th July

Year 2 – TBC

Cost of the course

Year 1 – £2895 plus Year 1 CPCAB registration £359
Total £3254
Year 2 – £2895 plus Year 2 CPCAB registration £393
plus BACP Certificate Of Proficiency fee £25
Total £3313

Total for the two-year programme £6567

Payment options

Payment in full:

  • £6567 (must be paid to secure place once offered)

Payment in instalments:

  • Deposit to secure place once offered £375
  • 24 payments of £258 on 1st of each month starting Sept 2024.
  • Total £6567

Additional Costs


West Sussex Counselling Training, Unit H, Old Bakery, Golden Square, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AP