Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Accred) - Weekend Option

This is a two year Level 4 Diploma course running one weekend per month and will qualify you to work as a professional counsellor.  There is also a weekday option running one day per fortnight as well as an evening class option.






This is a two year Level 4 Diploma course running one weekend per month and will qualify you to work as a professional counsellor.

The Level 4 Diploma is an Integrative Approach and draws from the traditions of Gestalt, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Person Centred; which when combined create an holistic perspective which will allow you to successfully counsel clients experiencing a range of issues affecting their mind, body, spirit and emotions.

This is Heartwood’s most popular course and we have been successfully running this course for over a decade with a much higher than average rate of students qualifying. Our unique style of teaching allows for each student to develop at their own rate with gentle support from our tutors and student mentor.


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Entry Requirements

You will need to have completed a Level 3. Equivalent courses from other colleges are accepted

It is sometimes possible to enrol on the Level 4 Diploma without having done level 3, you may be able to accredit your experience or other training, please talk to one of our tutors who will be happy to advise you on this.

Informal interviews are available to come and fine out more!

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and only secured with a deposit.

Course details

At Heartwood we aim to draw on your own desires and passion for the profession and encourage you to develop your own personal approach to the counselling work you do. We believe that our role is to give you the skills, knowledge and confidence to enable you to develop into the best counsellor you can be.

The training will teach you skills, and theories in a creative and fun environment and provide you with many opportunities to develop yourself personally with a strong sense of belief in who you are and what you can offer your clients.

You may find other providers offering this type of training, and they may be cheaper, but we believe that no other course will give you the same mixture of compassionate support and professional accredited training which we offer. We are right beside you 100% of the way which is why we have such a high success rate.

Training starts in February 2020 one weekend per month for 20 weekends across 2 years.

Class times are 10am – 5pm.

We also have an evening class option – on Thursdays starting in November.

This course is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS) and, at the discretion of the Society, is a route onto a national government register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority


  • 400 hours of course time including an integral agency placement of 100 practice hours
  • Course meets NCS and BACP requirements for membership and students are encouraged to apply for student membership status with a professional organisation
  • Requirement of at least 20 hours of personal therapy concurrent with taking the course
  • Assessment: Internal and external
  • There is a supported 100 hour placement unit to this course


£4750 for the weekday option

£5100 for the weekend option

Your place on the course is only secured on receipt of the non-refundable deposit of £400.

There is an early bird discount for full payment of course fees 6 weeks in advance of the start of the course.  Monthly payment plans available.

Enrolment: Informal interview, application form, £400 non-refundable deposit



What Students Say

“I had no idea just how much this course would change my life, I am so proud of myself for achieving my Diploma and now I am back in the workplace and doing a job I absolutely love, thank you to everyone at Heartwood that supported me to get where I need to be”

Gemma 2019

Course Full Price

£5,100.00 inc. VAT

Pay a deposit of £400.00 per item

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Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Accred) – Weekday Option

This is a two year Level 4 Diploma course running one day a fortnight and will qualify you to work as a professional counsellor.  There is also a weekend option running one weekend per month as well as an evening class option.

Please note that weekday courses for September 2019 are now full.  We have weekend and evening options – book your interview to secure a place!

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