Train to become a Counsellor by achieving our advanced CPCAB counseling qualification at Level 4.

Learn how to advise and support people experiencing emotional difficulties or challenges.

What will I learn?

This is an advanced course which is suitable for anyone who has already completed both the CPCAB counseling courses at Level 2 and Level 3 - both of which are offered at Barking & Dagenham College.

This course offers both practical and theoretical training covering:

  • counseling skills
  • concepts of counseling
  • beginning theory and skills in counseling
  • personal therapy
  • theory and practice

On the practical side, you will start to work with real clients and will need to secure a placement in an outside agency. Over the 2 years of the course, you need to have completed a minimum of 100 voluntary counseling hours. You are required to attend supervision.

You will also be required to undertake 20 hours of personal therapy each year.

It is also essential that you become a student member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapists (BACP). You can find the details of membership on the BACP website.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved the CPCAB Certificate in Counselling at Level 2 and the CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory at Level 3. Admission onto this course is by interview.

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Awarding Body/ Validated by:

Counseling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB)


Barking & Dagenham College reserve the right to change course details. Please note that the fees displayed are for the entire course for all one-year courses. Where the course duration is more than 1-year additional fees apply for the subsequent year(s).All course fees are currently based on 2016/17 courses, fees for courses starting from September 2017 onwards may be higher. All courses are subject to satisfactory numbers being accepted. Barking & Dagenham College reserves the right in their absolute discretion to cancel any course which cannot be run economically. Awarding Boards also change courses from time to time. Barking & Dagenham College cannot accept responsibility if the college is closed due to industrial action, adverse weather conditions or natural disasters.

Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated October 26, 2018
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