Counselling & Psychotherapy – Level 4 Course

£ 243.17

Learn Counselling & Psychotherapy with the DLC's Level 4 Course. Units cover mental health conditions, abuse, trauma, therapy, models and approaches.

Course Description

The Counselling and Psychotherapy – Level 4 Course will help students to gain a thorough understanding of the theoretical knowledge of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and examine the theories and strategies to enable you to prepare for the practical aspects of being a counsellor. The course also deals with the practical aspects of being a counsellor to ensure you are operating within professional guidelines and with due regard for your own safety.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an endorsed Level 4 Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards.

The Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: What is counselling and psychotherapy?; When is a counsellor not ready to counsel?; and Who needs counselling?.
The following topics are covered: CBT; Hypnotherapy; DBT; Drama and art therapy; Psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy; CAT; Person-Centred; Solution focused therapy; EMDR; and Gestalt therapy.
The following topics are covered: Addiction; Anxiety; Divorce; Stress; Sexual orientation; and PMS.
The following topics are covered: Antidepressants; Sleeping tablets; and Minor tranquilizers.
The following topics are covered: Depression; Eating disorders; Personality disorders; Schizophrenia; and Gender identity disorder.
The following topics are covered: Individual counselling; Group therapy; Couples therapy; Family therapy; Online counselling; Telephone counselling; SMS text counselling; and Video Counselling.
The following topics are covered: Stages of listening; and Types of validation.
The following topics are covered: Suicide; Self harm; Eating distress; and Relationship breakdown.
The following topics are covered: Supervision; Communication problems; Power and control issues; Aggression; and Safety issues.
The following topics are covered: Staying safe; The Law; Sexual offences Act; Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims bill 2003; Rights of victims; Injunctions; Evidence; Court order; Reporting abuse; Inner child; After abuse; and Trauma work.
The following topics are covered: Toolbox; Halting protocol; Writing letters; Feeling safe; Transactional object; Breathing exercises; Mindfulness; Splitting; Projective identification; Stabilisation; Homework; Diary; and Boundaries.
The following topics are covered: Confidentiality; Registration and Accreditation; Insurance; Professional development; and Working ethically.


There are no entry requirements for this course providing students feel comfortable studying at a Level 4 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

About ABC Awards & Certa Awards Certification

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards 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 ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing 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 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.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual’s level descriptors page.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

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

ACCPH Membership

ACCPHDistance Learning Centre has completed an accreditation evaluation and finished satisfactory evidence of both theoretical knowledge and assessment rigor to be granted Organisational Member with Accredited Centre status with ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists).

ACCPH is an independent professional body and register for counsellors, coaches, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists. They offer membership options for students who have completed studies by blended and home distance learning providing they are of a specific nationally recognised standard. They can also assist with Insurance for members.

You can find out more information about ACCPH membership and pricing from their website:

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 140 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)