Level 4 Certificate in Counselling (QCF)

Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Level 4 Certificate in Counselling (QCF) - accredited by OCNWMR

If you use counselling skills regularly as part of your role this Nationally recognised qualification will enable you to enhance those skills, increase knowledge and provide a stepping stone to those wishing to pursue a career in counselling.



Who is the course for?
This course provides a further step for those having studied counselling skills at an introductory level or those with experience of using counselling skills and will provide an opportunity to:

- Use counselling skills within your existing professional or voluntary role with a greater degree of efficacy and professionalism
- Provide you with a firm stepping stone onto either a Level 4 Diploma (our courise commences in Sept 2017) or level 5 foundation degree in Counselling (after which you would be able to see clients as a counsellor, become a member of the BACP and work towards accreditation)
- Use the course as personal development to change your personal and professional life and expand future opportunities

What will the course cover?
There are 4 modules to cover:
•    Developing practical counselling skills
•    Personal development
•    Theoretical approaches to counselling
•    Working Ethically

Learning Outcomes

A full list of learning outcomes is available on request but briefly by the end of the course you will:
•    Know yourself better
•    Be able to create a safe and conducive place for a person to talk with you
•    Develop practical skills and knowledge to cope with a range of presenting problems
•    Understand basic ethics and application in the work place and when and how to refer on
•    Know about and differentiate between the major modalities of therapy
•    Write level 4 assignments

Course Format

All the work will have strong links to practice and there will also be an academic element. Learning methods will include: skills practice in different formats, learning journal, large group work, personal development groups, lectures, exercises and essays, Case studies and scenarios, tutorials and study groups.  There is a strong emphasis on personal reflection and sharing and therefore a lot of work goes into creating a safe space to facilitate that. 


Students will be registered with OCNWMR (National Awarding Organisation) for 4 Units with a total of 21 Credits. On successful completion students with be awarding a national (QCF) qualification - 'OCNWMR Level 4 Certificate in Counselling (QCF)'

Placement Requirement

As part of this course there will be a placement requirement of approx. 20 hours. This is a placement outside of the course where you can practice some of the skills used by counsellors, but is not formally contracted counselling. Working with family and friends will not be sufficient for a placement. A placement is a situation in which you take on a helping role that involves the use of counselling skills. This might be within your paid employment if your work requires a helping role, such as a nurse, pastoral work as a teacher, carer etc. It does not apply to paid employment where the focus is not helping – for example bar work, hairdressing etc. If you are employed and your employer is not suitable, you will need to research agencies or charities where you may become a volunteer in good time for starting the course.   You may be required to have  DBS checks etc which can take time, and you may be required to do some specific agency training.


This course gives students a broad experience in counselling skills and is also preparation for undertaking a L4 Diploma (we are scheduled to run in September 2017) or Foundation degree. The progression diagram to becoming a BACP registered counsellor with Hope is below:

When and where is the course running?

The course will next run between September 2017 and June 2018 one evening per week (Monday evening term time) from 6.30pm - 9.30 at the Renewal Family Centre, Vulcan Road, Solihull, West Midlands. There will also be 6 Saturday 'away days' to be held (2 per term) - from 9:00am - 5.00pm (at our retreat centre in Tamworth - just of Junction 10 of the M42). Exact dates are as follows:

Session No. (2017) Autumn Term
S1&2 Sat 16 Sept 
S3 Mon 18 Sept
S4 Mon 25 Sept
S5 Mon 2 Oct
S6 Mon 9 Oct
S7 Mon 16 Oct
S8 Mon 30 Oct
S9&10 Sat 4 Nov
S11 Mon 6 Nov
S12 Mon 13 Nov
S13 Mon 20 Nov
S14 Mon 27 Nov
S15 Mon 4 Dec
S16 Mon 11 Dec
2018 Spring Term
S17 Mon 8 Jan
S18&19 Sat 13 Jan
S20 Mon 15 Jan
S21 Mon 22 Jan 
S22 Mon 29 Jan 
S23 Mon 5 Feb
S24 Mon 12 Feb
S25 Mon 26 Feb 
S26 Mon 5 Mar
S27  Mon 12 Mar
S28&29  Sat 17 Mar 
2018 Summer Term
S30 Mon 19 March
S31 Mon 26 March
S32 Mon 16 Apr
S33 Mon 23 Apr
S34&35 Sat 28 Apr
S36 Mon 30 April
S37 Mon 14 May
S38 Mon 21 May 
S39&40 Sat 9 June 


The majority of sessions must be attended to receive accreditation and certification. Whilst every effort must be made to attend all sessions we understand illness and emergencies can happen. There is however a minimum requirement of 80% course attendance in order to achieve accreditation and certification.

Entry requirements

- Minimum age for access to this qualification is 19 years

- Learners will need a basic level of literacy skills and be able to complete written assignments

- Learners will need some experience of working with people

- Previous basic counselling skills training is desirable

Students should have entry level English and sufficient IT skills to produce short assignments in either Microsoft Word or Mac Pages etc. Many Students find the course highly rewarding, exciting and also emotionally challenging. Applicants should therefore be in a fairly stable emotional state when applying (e.g. those with recent bereavement/loss/relationship breakdown/trauma may find they struggle with the emotional impact of the course).

Informal Interview

All applicants will be required to have an informal interview as part of the application process. Applicants should ensure they meet the entry requirements for the course before applying.

Course Fees

Course fees for 2017/2018 are £1295 + £56 OCNWMR registration fee = £1,351 (total). For those who wish to pay in instalments the following payments are required:
1st Instalment & Deposit - September 2017 (prior to registration) - £337.75
2nd Instalment - by 30 November 2017 - £337.75
3rd Instalment - by 31 January 2018 - £337.75
4th Instalment - by 31 March 2018 - £337.75


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What previous level 4 students had to say:

"Be amazed at what you don't know about yourself! The practice skills I've learned help so much now when listening to people" - Dean Glover
"This course has had a profound affect personally and has given me the confidence to progress" - Tess Moran
"It was truly excellent - a standard setter" - Coops
"Thank you Hope for a well organised, sensitively delivered course which has refined my skills and helped me understand myself more" - Judy Pitt
"Fantastic. Really benefited from the hard work and organisation of everyone involved" - Megan Davies

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