Level 4 Counselling Diploma - Bedonwell, Folkestone

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ABC Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 


ABC awards accredits this Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling course. ABC Awards is government approved counselling training awarding body. The ABC Awards Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is a two-year part-time course.

This course combines tutor tuition, peer group learning, experiential group personal development, counselling skills enhancement, counselling theory development along with a trainee-counselling placement throughout year 2.

The two-year objective is for students to study a core integrative model of therapeutic counselling suitable for applying within the context of a client-centred agency setting and that actively reflects and accounts for the diverse and multi-layered nature of society. Trainees will work with an awareness of how the taught core integrative theoretical models will form a contextual platform for the integration of other aspects of counselling theory to be understood, developed and worked with in relation to applied counselling practice. Equally important is the development of your own relational awareness:

  1. How do you relate to others?
  2. What do you need to develop within your self that will enable you to develop the capacity to therapeutically engage with clients?
  3. What blocks do you hold that serve to dilute your ability to hold and contain a client's emotional pain? 

The exposure to what it means for you to discover, delve and work through your own emotional disturbances is the key to developing the capacity to conduct a therapeutic relationship that has the prospect of 'change' and 'growth' for our future clients. These deeper more personal aspects of counselling theory that persuade us of the need to look within our own psyche are fundamental to the way that theory is taught throughout the course.

Course Induction Day

To find out more about the course we will invite you to attend a course information day. This will provide you with an opportunity to get a feel for our Training Centre and to gain an understanding about the course and what will be expected of you.

Out next course induction day is on Saturday March 9th 2019 10.00am - 5.30pm. Please contact us if you would like to come along.

Course Dates

The course starts on Thursday October 3rd 6.00-9.30pm and continues on Thursdays term time plus approximately two Sunday attendances per month 9.30am-5.15pm. For the full outline programme and dates please contact info@bedonwellcounselling.co.uk

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have completed (or be in the process of completing) a relevant Level 3 counselling qualification of at least 145 hours training in counselling skills & theory.

For applicants that have trained with the CPCAB awarding body this will mean completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (90 hours) and the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (90 hours).

Applicants that have trained at Level 2 and Level 3 with the National Counselling Society would need to meet further training hours before going on to the Diploma, however we can discuss training to bridge the gap.

Acceptance will depend on a personal interview, suitable references, evidence of your previous counselling training and your portfolio of the work undertaken. For applicants that have completed their Level 2 and Level 3 training elsewhere, we will want to observe your application of counselling skills in a role-play setting.

Please note that you all applicants will need to show evidence of a current enhanced DBS that is no more than two years old. If you do not have a current DBS we can apply on your behalf for an enhanced DBS check to be completed prior to our formal acceptance of your application for a place on the course. There is a fee payable for this.

Minimum entry age is 25 years.

We also welcome the participation of professionals in related fields of work that want to gain an understanding of what is involved in counselling training prior to undertaking our Level 3 course.

Key Aims of the course programme

This course combines classroom tuition with applied practice. Students will study and be assessed in the following areas:

  • Professional and organisational issues in counselling
  • Counselling in a diverse society
  • Counselling theory
  • Advanced counselling skills
  • Self-awareness for counsellors
  • Counselling research methodologies
  • Counselling placement

Year 1

In the first year of the training programme, students will be assessed on their study of professional frameworks, counselling research projects, theoretical development and advanced applications of counselling skills.

During the 1st year of the course, students will gain a voluntary work experience where counselling skills can be applied and practiced. We will provide a list of possible placements where a minimum of 20 sessions of support for another person can provided. This work during the 1st year is a valuable learning experience that most often creates a greater degree of personal confidence that can be carried forward into the 2nd year counselling placement.

Year 2

To ensure continuation to the second year you will need to have completed successfully the 1st year's written assignments, maintained an excellent attendance record and secured a voluntary work placement where you will practice as a trainee counsellor in a counselling placement agency throughout the 2nd year of the programme. You will complete a minimum of 100 hours supervised counselling practice during your time in a placement.

Additionally, you will be assessed on your development of a core theoretical model of practice, learning from your placement practice and upon your personal development.

The Core Training Theoretical Model

The training model for this course is Integrative with an objective of developing an in-depth understanding of the key aspects of relational therapies.

During the second year students will develop, deepen and apply their core model of practice that will reflect the core-training model but with the additional essential quality of being created from each students individual perspective.

The intended outcome is for each student to develop a counselling model of applied theoretical principles that is flexible and creative, with theoretical rigour and constructed within a solid framework of good ethical professional practice.

Course Fees (2 Years)

£2,975 per year payable by instalments with various flexible options (see examples below) 

We aim to be as flexible as possible so please contact us to discuss an individual payment plan  

Costs included in Course fees

  1. Tuition and assessment
  2. Individual tutorial support
  3. Group tutorials: 
  4. Additional tutorial and assessment support (if needed) after the two year course programme finishes. 
  5. Library membership: Our library provides a range of reading material relevant to all aspects of counselling training. Short term loan access to all of the books included on the reading list (other books can be requested)
  6. Access to wi-fi and printing facilities for research and presentations from your own tablets, mobiles and laptops etc
  7. Access to a personal study room (at non-course times) for personal reading, study time/small group presentation preparations etc
  8. Access to personal online student folder for safe storage of all assignments and presentations etc

Costs not included in the course fees (2 years) 

  1. ABC Awards Registration and Certification fee £154.00 payable as a deposit on enrolment 
  2. DBS check if needed 
  3. Individual personal therapy. Applicants will need to show evidence of having engaged in up to ten sessions of personal therapy within the twelve months prior to the course start date. Additionally, they will have completed a minimum of twenty sessions before beginning counselling practice at the end of year 1. We strongly encourage students to be in ongoing therapy throughout the programme.
  4. Purchase of reading books (it is recommended that you obtain the core reading books for your use during the course)
  5. Pre-client work training required by some placement agencies
  6. Some of the Placement agencies we work with provide in-house supervision. Some don't have that facility and there will be a fee for supervision

Payment of Course Fees


The total course fees can be paid in interest free monthly instalments paid by a bank standing order. The number of monthly payments can begin in the month of enrolment and continue until the September in the year that the course ends. So for example, an applicant if accepted for a place on the course in March can start monthly payments in April prior to the course beginning in October. The payments can continue until the September that the two year course ends. That will provide for a maximum number of 30 monthly payments. Please note that successful students are not eligible to receive their Diploma Certificate until all payments are completed.      

Option1: Choose to pay any amount of deposit (minimum payment £154.00) plus an agreed number of consecutive monthly payments to be completed by September after the course end date.

Option 2: Full payment of £6,104.00 by bank transfer.

Option 3: Employer or sponsor payment by company cheque or bank transfer (a VAT invoice and payment receipt will be issued where applicable).

Course Fee Reduction Voucher - £75.00
You are entitled to a £75.00 reduction in any of your current course fees for each applicant who is referred to Bedonwell Counselling and subsequently enrols on a counselling training course with us. ( Terms and Conditions apply, please ask for further details).

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