L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

About the course

This is a two year Diploma in Integrative Counselling based on CPCAB’s model of practitioner development and therapeutic change, with the Integrative ‘five relational model’ (Petruska Clarkson)  as the integrating theoretical framework.  You will explore the five relations spanning the working alliance, the transference relationship, the reparative and developmental relationship, the person to person or real relationship and the transpersonal.

You will develop proficiency as a Therapeutic Counsellor at a counselling placement agency or workplace, under clinical supervision, where you are required to attain 100 supervised client hours.
A minimum of 40 hours of personal counselling (Integrative) is required throughout the two years of the course.

Clarkson’s integrative relational model forms the basis, with a modulated structure integrating Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Intercultural approaches. Later in year two, you will also be introduced to a range of short term and solution focused therapies – Motivational Interviewing, NLP and CBT.

Interspersed throughout the course are major subject and issue specific topics which will be covered including; identity, difference and diversity; working with mental health; depression & anxiety related conditions; loss and grieving; addictions; co-dependency and eating disorders.

Accreditation and BACP Approval:

This course is a BACP Approved Qualification and is approved and accredited by the CPCAB see www.cpcab.co.uk  for further information on them.

Graduates from CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling often go on to apply for accreditation as an individual practitioner with BACP, once they have accrued at least 450 supervised client hours; then on accreditation with BACP you can use letters MBACP Accred. Please refer to www.bacp.co.uk for further information on this.

It is a requirement of this BACP Approved Qualification that you become a student member with BACP while you are studying our L4 course. In term 3 of year two you will undertake BACP Certificate of Proficiency for Practice as part of the course provided by then you have at least 70 supervised client hours.

Course success:

Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100%, and consistently over the last 10 years performed well above national benchmarks.

Dates and times:

Part time September start. Day or evening times are available depending on venue. There are two options:

  1. 9.30am to 3.30pm weekly (with breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms)
  2. Evening & Saturday option 5.15 to 10.00 weekly, plus 4 Saturdays per year (with breaks for Christmas, Easter, Summer and half terms)

Please note that course options at these locations depend on numbers for a viable group to start

L4 YEAR 1 Options 2022

Options scheduled to commence as follows

Location Start Date Day or Evening options
Islington, London 22nd Sept 2022 Thursday 9.30am to 3.30pm – FULL
Islington, London 20th Sept 2022 Tuesday 5.15 to 10.00 plus four  Saturdays per year – FULL
Twickenham 21st Sept 2022 2 groups Wednesday eve or Thursday Eve 5.15 to 10.00 plus four  Saturdays per year – PLACES AVAILABLE
Bromley 22nd Sept 2022 Thursday 5.15 to 10.00 plus four  Saturdays per year
Reading, Berkshire 19th Sept 2022 Tuesday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm – FULL
Reading 19th Sept 2022 Monday 5.15 to 10.00 plus four  Saturdays per year – PLACES AVAILABLE
Brighton 20th Sept 2022 Tuesday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
Brighton 22nd Sept 2022 Thursday 5.00 to 10.00 plus four  Saturdays per year – PLACES AVAILABLE
Tunbridge Wells 19th Sept 2022 Monday 5.15 to 10.00 plus four  Saturdays per year PLACES AVAILABLE
Hastings 23rd Sept 2022 Friday 9.30 to 3.30 PLACES AVAILABLE
Other locations considered Please enquire


Group cohorts from L3 looking for progression at a location not listed above – please enquire

See course prospectus for further details on options


Total £6000 for 2 years.

£3000 per year including both £339 CPCAB registration & assessment fees, and £25 BACP Approval registration fee

£1000 deposit on enrolment with payment options.

Please note that CPTA is an independent training provider and does not have the benefit of any government subsidy or student loans for course fees. There are instalment options available for Course fees.

For more information see Fees and payment options.

Application –
We would welcome your application on the attached form by June 2022. Interviews will be held later in July/August for external applicants depending on places available.
Please note that we may not have places available due to high demand from internal progression. In July we update the list above where fully subscribed and applications are closed.

Download an Application Form

Download our Prospectus (313kb pdf)

or contact us for more information.

Commencing Autumn 2022 L4 Year 2 Progression options

Please note that these options are for candidates who have already completed year 1 and have deferred or transferring from another training centre. Candidates must be in placement and have tutor and supervisor references.

Day – Week commencing 5th Sept 2022 unless stated Options
London Year 2 Thursday evening
London N7 Year 2 Wednesday daytime
Bromley Year 2 Wednesday evening
Brighton Year 2 Thursday day or Tuesday evening
Reading Year 2 Wednesday or Thursday day
Reading Year 2 Wednesday evening
Twickenham Year 2 Tuesday evening