Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 4 Award Course – Endorsed


    This online Counselling & Psychotherapy Course Level 4, will provide you with the theoretical knowledge of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Examining the theories and strategies to enable you to prepare for the practical aspects of being a counsellor, should you wish to do so.

    The course also deals with the practical aspects of being a counsellor. Ensuring you are operating within professional guidelines and with due regard for your own safety. This advanced online course is designed for those with a keen interest in this demanding subject.

    Through the course, you will learn about the key aspects of providing a responsible and informed service to those with a range of mental health issues.

    Qualification: Counselling & Psychotherapy Level 4  Award – Endorsed
    Support: 1-year course access and support included 
    Start Date: Anytime – We enrol 365 days a year 
    Endorsed Specification
    Price: Interest-Free Finance

    Course Syllabus

    The basics of Counselling and Psychotherapy

    • What are counselling and psychotherapy?
    • When is a counsellor not ready to counsel?
    • Who needs counselling?

    Models and approaches to therapy

    • CBT
    • Hypnotherapy
    • DBT
    • Drama and art therapy
    • Psychotherapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy
    • CAT
    • Person-centred
    • Solution-focused therapy
    • EMDR
    • Gestalt therapy

    Types of counselling

    • Addiction
    • Anxiety
    • Divorce
    • Stress
    • Sexual orientation
    • PMS

    Accompanying treatments

    • Antidepressants
    • Sleeping tablets
    • Minor tranquillisers

    Mental Health conditions

    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • Gender identity disorder

    Delivery of Counselling and Psychotherapy

    • Individual counselling
    • Group therapy
    • Couples therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Online counselling
    • Telephone counselling
    • SMS text counselling
    • Video Counselling

    Listening skills and Validation

    • Stages of listening
    • Types of validation

    How to help someone in a crisis

    • Suicide
    • Self-harm
    • Eating distress
    • Relationship breakdown

    Common problems in Counselling and Psychotherapy

    • Supervision
    • Communication problems
    • Power and control issues
    • Aggression
    • Safety issues

    Abuse and Trauma

    • 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
    • Trauma work

    Useful strategies

    • Toolbox
    • Halting protocol
    • Writing letters
    • Feeling safe
    • Transnational object
    • Breathing exercises
    • Mindfulness
    • Splitting
    • Projective identification
    • Stabilisation
    • Homework
    • Diary
    • Boundaries

    Being a Therapist

    • Confidentiality
    • Registration and Accreditation
    • Insurance
    • Professional development
    • Working ethically

    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?

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    ✅ 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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    Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance*

    Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest-free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions:

    Aged 18 and above (Maximum age 75)
    Permanent resident in the UK
    Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
    Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
    Hold a valid UK credit or debit card

    Please note: We do not carry out credit checks

    Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditions. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872.

    Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

    Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered.