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Level 4 Diploma In Counselling

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


Qualification : Counselling Advanced Diploma Level 4

Endorsed by: Quality Licence Scheme (QLS)

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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 Counselling Level 4 Diploma, completing the 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 Level 4 Diploma in Counselling 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 progress on to the Level 4 Diploma in Counselling 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  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 Advanced course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support on our dedicated portal and email.

Our student support team are also available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your 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 does NCC stand for?

NCC originally stood for the National Consortium of FE (Further Education) Colleges. This brought together the FE Colleges to achieve the best provision. Regular national meetings were attended by both Colleges and Government agencies who funded them. This was very helpful to them both to best deliver training to their students.

For more than 25 years NCC has supplied FE Colleges with learning materials as well as student marketing.

NCC now specialise in online training of a very high quality to students both self-funded, paid for by schools, employers and training providers.

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 you can study anytime, anyplace, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a job, family commitments, or any other commitment that won’t allow them time off to study.

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

Both our online and paper courses are completed via an online learning portal (LMS) which you can access after you receive your login details by email. Please ensure that you check your junk email if you do not receive your login details within 48 hours.

All learners will submit their assignments, receive feedback and correspond with their tutor directly through the LMS. If you require help from our support team, then simply email [email protected].

If you opt for the online course, you will not receive any course materials through the post. Everything is available via the LMS.

If you opt for the paper version, you are simply paying for a study book to be printed and posted to your home, or place of work. You will use this book as a reference guide, but you will still be required to upload your assignments and correspond with your tutor via the LMS.

If you are unable to access our online LMS, we do have alternative options available, so please email [email protected] in order to request further support.

What do I need to do to get started?

We recommend that you choose a course that will interest you and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, contact us here or dial 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 much will it cost?

The cost largely depends on the type and size of the course. The course cost is determined by the expenses associated with its provision, taking into consideration the course's size and complexity, development costs, the presence of a study materials, and the level of tutor support required. Some courses also necessitate additional in-person assessments by assessors, which incur additional expenses and consequently affect the course's cost.

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 require an external invigilated assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

How do I enrol?

Once you've chosen your course, you have two options for enrolment:

  1. You can purchase the course online by clicking the "Buy now" button, which will enrol you automatically.
  2. Alternatively, you can call our helpline at 0333 3445 690, and our expert course advisors will assist you in signing up for the course and arrange for the delivery of any requested additional learning materials to your address.

All courses are available to purchase in full or via affordable monthly payments over 12 months. A £29 non-refundable deposit is required for monthly payments, and you will be required to set up a monthly direct debit.

We do not require you to complete a credit check to sign up for monthly payments.

How quickly will I receive my course materials?

We guarantee that you will receive any course materials ordered within 5 working days of registering, but for many of our courses it may take 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 book within our stated period.

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

All the relevant information required to complete your course is available via the LMS. Additional research via the internet is encouraged, depending on the level you are working at, to bolster knowledge of the subject area.

There is no requirement to purchase any additional materials.

What support will I receive?

You will have access to a dedicated personal tutor whom you can contact through the Learning Management System (LMS) for assistance and guidance on any course-related matters. Your tutor will only initiate contact in response to your messages. If you encounter any difficulties reaching your tutor, please don't hesitate to email us at [email protected]

Many courses require you to submit work to your tutor during the period of study, and your tutor will assess your work and provide feedback to you within 10 working days. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please note that the course includes tutor support for a duration of 12 months. If you require additional time, please inform us, and we will make every effort to provide you with an option for a paid extension, if feasible, to assist you in completing your course.

Please be aware that our tutors are actively assisting multiple learners, and to ensure they are not inundated with excessive workloads, we have implemented a policy limiting learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time. We recommend that you upload your completed units as you finish them. This way, you can benefit from your tutor's feedback to enhance your future assignment submissions.

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 10 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.

Kindly note that our tutors are currently supporting multiple learners simultaneously. In order to maintain a balanced workload for them, we have established a policy that restricts learners to submitting a maximum of three units of work for evaluation at any given time.

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. Your end of support date is when you need to have your course copmpleted by in order to be able to be certificated, this is usually 12 months from purchase.

The duration of the course is largely down to you. 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.

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 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 [email protected], NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

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 that if your circumstances change you can always take a limited break and come back to your studies to save your paid for support.

If you decide to enrol on more than one course at the same time, speak to our enquiries team for any bundle deals or offers.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Certainly, in most instances, there are no geographical constraints on where you can undertake your studies. However, it's important to note that specific courses may be subject to geographical limitations imposed by the Awarding Organisation, and these restrictions will be clearly stated in the course description.

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.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you may return the materials within 14 days, provided you have not yet submitted any coursework for evaluation. Please note that you will be responsible for covering the return shipping costs. We will refund your payment, minus a non-refundable deposit of £29. Additionally, you have the option to select an alternative course that better matches your goals and aspirations.

For any help on cancelling your course please email [email protected], we will only deal with cancellation enquiries via email.

What is a Totum Card?

Totum is the new brand for UK student cards and replaces the old NUS student card. NCC students are eligible to sign-up for the Totum card where applicable, giving access to a multitude of retail, food and travel special discounts. For more information, you can visit their website:

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Reviews from learners who completed...

Level 4 Diploma In Counselling

M Byrne

“I enrolled on the Level 4 Advanced...”

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

M Byrne

“Great offers”

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

Karlie Bright,

M Byrne

“Early days yet”

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

Nicky Dwyer,

M Byrne

“Just enrolled and a thumbs up”

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,

M Byrne

“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,

M Byrne

“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,

M Byrne

“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.

Alan Pearman,

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