What is level 4 counselling equivalent to?

Embarking on a career in counselling can be incredibly rewarding. If you are considering a career in counselling, you will be expected to complete a number of counselling courses, depending on the area of counselling that you want to work in.

Once you have achieved your Level 2 and Level 3 Counselling certificates, you will need to complete the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - an advanced qualification designed specifically for those looking to work in an agency.

We’ve created a helpful guide outlining everything that you need to know about this level 4 diploma in counselling qualification.

What is Level 4 counselling equivalent to?

A Level 4 qualification is widely recognised as being equivalent to completing the first year of a bachelor's degree, also known as FHEQ Level 4.

Gaining a Level 4 Diploma will show you have the knowledge, skills and expertise you need to work confidently as a counsellor within an agency setting. Helping you to grow professionally as a counselling practitioner, you will also learn about a variety of counselling and psychological models of therapeutic treatments and how to put them into practice.

During your study, you will delve deep into counselling theories, including integrative and relational models, humanistic and attachment theory, as well as psychodynamic, intercultural and CBT approaches.

What experience and skills will you gain?

The level 4 counselling course will allow you to develop the skills you need to work as a therapeutic counsellor in an agency context in both health care and non-medical settings. You will learn to:

  • Work ethically, safely and professionally as a counsellor
  • Work within a coherent framework of counselling theory and skills
  • Work self-reflectively
  • Consider client diversity
  • Adopt a user-centred approach
  • Conduct yourself with empathy and great professionalism
  • Be aware of the counselling process
  • Implement carefully thought-out treatment plans

Level 4 counselling is the final level of therapeutic counselling and, as a result, it covers higher level techniques and tasks.

How do I become a counsellor?

If you are considering becoming a counsellor, there are several different routes you can take to achieve your career goals. Whether you complete a diploma, degree or postgraduate course in counselling or psychotherapy, there are lots of opportunities for you to realise your full potential and gain the theoretical and practical skills you need to become a counsellor.

If you’re considering becoming a therapist or counsellor, explore our counselling and hypnotherapy courses and get in touch if you require any further information.