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Advanced Counselling Level 4 Award Course – Endorsed

Advanced Counselling Level 4 Course provides an in-depth look into the different models and types of therapy. Providing you with the skills you need in order to help you work with clients effectively.

The course explores development and attachment theories, communication skills (such as empathy, clarification and challenge, goal setting, and listening) as well as values and anti-oppressive practice. This home learning advanced counselling course also addresses the current issues surrounding the regulation of the profession and how this will affect trainee and qualified counsellors, as well as information regarding setting up your own practice.

This course is approved by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists). At the end of this course, students will be able to join and become a member of the ACCPH. The ACCPH is an independent self-regulated professional body for counsellors, psychotherapists and hypnotherapists.

Qualification: Advanced Counselling Level 4 Award
Support: 1-year support included 
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Endorsed Specification
Price: Interest-Free Finance

We also offer a Level 4 course in Counselling and Psychotherapy you may wish to consider. 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 7 units of study in total as listed below.

Unit 1: Models of Therapy

  • Analytic Psychology – Carl Jung
  • Dreams
  • The Psyche
  • Dynamics
  • Psychoanalytic Psychology
  • The Oedipal Crisis
  • Freud’s Theories
  • Therapeutic Method
  • Behaviourism
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Carl Rogers
  • Erikson
  • Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

Unit2: Types of Therapy

  • Gestalt
  • Person-Centred Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • What Techniques Do DBT Therapists Employ?

Unit 3: Working as a Counsellor

  • Work Settings
  • Regulation
  • Communication
  • Common Problems
  • Barriers to Communication
  • Effective Communication
  • Communicating with Children
  • Goal Setting

Unit 4: Power, Listening and Progress

  • Being Assertive
  • Good Practice
  • Empathy
  • Oppression
  • Power
  • Monitoring Progress
  • Reflection

Unit 5: Professional Practice

  • Ethics and Dilemmas
  • Good Practice
  • Benefits and Issues of Registration and Accreditation
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • Setting Up a Private Practice
  • Professional Witness / Expert in Court
  • Accountability

Unit 6: Crisis work, Disorders and Illness

  • DSM
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicide
  • Abuse and Trauma
  • Working with Specific Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Depression
  • Stuttering
  • Cancer
  • Dissociate Disorders
  • Schizophrenia

Unit 7: Useful Strategies: Therapist’s Toolbox

  • Tools and Interventions

Entry Requirements

There are no previous qualifications required. However, students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the English language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g. Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Course Duration

This course comes with 12 months of support included:

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 120 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 140 Hours

On average, learners will complete this course within 8 months

Qualification Awarded

ABC Quality License Scheme – Certificate of Achievement

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 details all of the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme & is offered in partnership with Kendal Publishing. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.  The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.  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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

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

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

Regulated qualifications refer to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual/CCEA/Qualification Wales

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this, you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away.


Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor-marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using continual assessment.

Study Method

Learners are able to access their course lessons via our online learning platform.  Complete your assignments and access all correspondence in one convenient place. 

As long as you have an internet connection you can access your course 24/7.

Why UK Open College?

✅ Enrol online today – No set term times
✅ Accredited College – We are fully approved
✅ Spread the cost – interest-free finance (Guaranteed acceptance*)
✅ NUS/Totum Student Card Approved*
✅ Trading since 2006 – We will not let you down
✅ Flexible learning – Study at a time that suits you
✅ Qualified Tutors – Fast assignment turnaround

*NUS/TOTUM Student cards are only available to students who are studying a fully recognised RQF/QCF course of 120 study hours or more. £12 fee per year applies.

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