Counselling Practice AIMAWARD Diploma Level 4 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The Level 4 AIM award Diploma in Counselling Practice is for those wishing to achieve professional status in counselling. This qualification enables learners to embark on counselling practice working within an ethical framework. The placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner.

This qualification comprises of two mandatory units (Counselling Practicum and Embarking on Practice) and two optional units that provide an opportunity to deepen an understanding of theoretical perspectives within an integrative framework, the second unit provides a focus on a particular context in the counselling profession. These units will delivered as lectures, tutorials and experiential activates.

You will also participate in personal development groups within the course programme.

In the Diploma you will learn about:

  • Professional ethics and boundaries
  • The complexities of the therapeutic relationship
  • Self-critical and self-evaluative skills
  • Developing supervision skills
  • Understanding the effectiveness of supervision
  • Developing an understanding of different theoretical approaches

Assessment Methods

This qualification is assessed through the following methods

  • Externally assessed exam
  • Externally assessed study of supervised practice
  • Internally assessed essay
  • Internally assessed journal
  • Your participation in personal and professional development

Progression Options

On successful completion of the level 4 Diploma you will be eligible to apply for the Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic counselling.

Course Summary

Course Title Counselling Practice AIMAWARD Diploma Level 4
Entry Requirements


  • You
    will need to have completed at least a Level 3 programme in Counselling Skills
    and theory

  • On
    receipt of your application you will invited to participate in an individual
    interview with one of the course tutors.

  • You
    will need to demonstrate experience of using your counselling skills with
    people in a 1:1 capacity

  • You
    will need to demonstrate an ability to reflect on personal development as well
    as acknowledge areas for development

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