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?
- Use counselling skills within your existing professional or voluntary role with a greater degree of efficacy and professionalism
A full list of learning outcomes is available on request but briefly by the end of the course you will:
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)'
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:
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.
- 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).
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 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:
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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