BACP Approved CPCAB Level 4 Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling

Interviews to be held in June 2022 – Petworth
Wednesdays OR Thursdays 9.30-4.30 (term time only) begins September 2022

Applications for September 2022 close 16th May


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 his or her own student membership of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and their own professional liability insurance before commencing a placement.
  • You 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

Cost of the course

Year 1 – £2500 plus Year 1 CPCAB registration £339 Total £2839
Year 2 – £2500 plus Year 2 CPCAB registration £339 Total £2839

Total for the two-year programme £5678

Payment options
In Full OR

  • Deposit of £302 to secure place ( due August 1st) and then 24 monthly payments of £224
  • Payment to be made via standing order 1st of every month beginning 1st September 2022

Additional Costs


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