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Counselling Advanced Diploma Level 4

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This QLS Level 4 Counselling Advanced Diploma is the next logical progression from the QLS Level 3 Counselling Diploma, delving deeper into the counselling process and tools and skills needed.

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Level 4 / Quality Licence Scheme / PI994

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Course introduction

Eligible for an NUS TOTUM Student card with this course.

Counselling is a therapeutic process. Many more people are accessing counselling and related therapies but, in some cases, there is still a significant lack of counsellors. Young people’s mental health services, for example, are deficient in many areas of the UK.

To be a counsellor, you need a sound basis of counselling knowledge and theoretical understanding. You also need a heightened sense of self-awareness. This means understanding how your body language, words, facial expressions impact on your client.

Although no previous knowledge is needed to study this QLS level 4 Counselling Diploma, completing the QLS Level 3 Counselling Diploma would be beneficial.

Many of the counselling theories and therapies originated in Germany and Austria, hence there are many examples of German language phrases used, along with German and Austrian therapists.

The QLS Counselling level 4 course is a substantial one. The 20 modules are studied over a minimum of 240 hours. The suggestion is to use all of this time, as well as to read additional texts and works by therapists considered to be the leaders in this often-complex field.

As with other advanced counselling courses, this diploma addresses many theories as well as the practicalities of counselling.

  • It examines the definition of counselling, qualification structure and registration as a counsellor
  • It also looks at certain approaches such as psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • It uses the work of Freud and Jung amongst others, to look at the process of counselling and therapy
  • The course also has a module that addresses neuro-linguistic programming and cognitive behaviour therapy whereby to make changes, the client needs to change their ‘self-talk'
  • For anyone in a counselling situation, reading body language and other communication giveaways is key to recognising how clients feel about certain things. Clients will often verbally communicate the opposite to what their body language is saying

Why opt for an Advanced Counselling course home study course?

Studying from home allows you the flexibility to work on your diploma and assignments when you want and, more importantly, at your own pace.

Many students naturally progression on to the QLS Level 4 Counselling Advanced Diploma after studying other related courses. Students continue their learning by completing courses such as grief counselling, addiction, and substance misuse counselling or care counselling for children.  

ACCPH Accreditation

This course is approved and accredited by ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), an independent professional body and register for counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists, and hypnotherapists.

On completion of this course, you will be able to join ACCPH as a member, and enjoy benefits such discounted professional liability insurance, and guidance on how to showcase your skills.

Required knowledge

No previous knowledge required; However, this course can be studied as a progression route from our current QLS Level 3 Counselling Diploma.


The Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme is gained by successfully completing a series of assignments. Your personal tutor will review, mark and provide you with feedback on your work.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that NCC Home Learning has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at QLS Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector. 

The Skills and Education Group’s knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables them to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market. 

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales 

Course modules

Module 1: Counselling - Definition, Qualification & Registration
Module 2: Freud and the Psychoanalytic Approach
Module 3: Jung and the Development of the Psychodynamic Approach
Module 4: The Adlerian Approach & Individual Psychology
Module 5: Existential Psychotherapy
Module 6: Gestalt Psychotherapy
Module 7: Psychodrama Therapy
Module 8: Carl Rogers & Client Centred Counselling
Module 9: Transactional Analysis
Module 10: Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Module 11: Egan and the Skilled Helper Approach
Module 12: Albert Ellis and the Rational Emotive Behavioural Approach
Module 13: Beck and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach
Module 14: Reality Therapy
Module 15: Post Traumatic Stress Counselling
Module 16: Verbal Communication Skills in Counselling
Module 17: Non Verbal Communication
Module 18: Counsellor/Client Listening Skills
Module 19: Counselling and the Law
Module 20: Counselling & Administrative Considerations

Learner support

You will receive the Counselling al QLS Level 4 course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail and email.

Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your QLS Level 4 Counselling Diploma. You can be assured that unlimited support is available for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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Counselling Advanced Diploma Level 4

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I enrolled on the Level 4 Advanced Counselling Diploma course at the beginning of the Covid Lockdown. Enrolment was quick and easy and the platform was exceptional in its ease of use. The course content is thorough and assignments to the modules well explained.

I am thoroughly enjoying the course and learning a great deal about myself during the process. The tutor is amazing in her response ad feedback also, it can be a bit tough getting back in to a learning frame if mind and this really helps.

Remember to keep on learning no matter what.

Kirk B,

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Great offers, very easy to navigate website, very quick response to queries

Karlie Bright,

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“Early days yet”

Early days yet. Advanced counselling level 4. No complaints so far. Looking forward to seeing this through.

Nicky Dwyer,

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I have only just enrolled on the level 4 advanced counselling course but I have to say the communication has been second to none. The cost and the ability to spread payment is fantastic and I cannot wait to start. Highly recommended.

Paul Brown,

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“My home learning experience..”

My home learning experience.. I have studied and gained various qualifications through NCC. I like the payment plan, as it's affordable for my budget but I can still gain the qualifications. The set up process is quick and easy and you can start your learning the same day sometimes. I get notified of any new courses that they think would be relevant to my career based on the courses that I have already done through NCC. You can do your course at your own pace, either as quick as you like or the allotted time that has been set. You also get the opportunity of an extension if you need it.

Tracy Crawford,

M Byrne

“This was straight forward and to the…”

This was straight forward and to the point. The questions were clearly relevant and well directed.

Mark Stokes,

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“A valuable opportunity”

I really value the opportunity to self study, at home and online. It allows me to fit my studies around my job, my family, and my life. The fact that it offers such flexibility suits my circumstances. Course content is good - straightforward, accessible and informative; additionally, tutor support and feedback are good. I would definitely study another course with NCC Home Learning.

Stacy Smith,

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“Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Level 4”

I am currently undertaking the Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Level 4, having worked as a university Lecturer in Law for the past 30 years. The course is organised in an excellent way, whereby you are able to work at your own pace. It is stimulating, challenhing and thought provoking. I would highly recommend it to anybody interested in Counselling and plan myself to undertake a career change upon qualifying. There is a gap in the market for this kind of work and I hope that I would be in a position to make a valuable contribution to the lives of those struggling with mental health issues if I am successful in gaining employment in this area in the future.

Dr. Lynne Norris ,

M Byrne

“Tutor pushed me to increase my knowledge”

Emma took over as my tutor approximately two thirds of the way through my course. At first, she seemed stricter than my previous tutor. Initially this was frustrating but gradually I started to see that she was being a fair and brilliant tutor. She pushed me to increase my knowledge by carrying out research further afield. I found her approach to tutoring to be beneficial to my learning and I hope you would let her know that I appreciated her encouragement and guiding me to improve my efforts to understand the subject more deeply than by simply working through the course materials provided by NCC.

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