This course consists of the same number of hours as level 2 and can be offered in the same formats. It will look more at the theoretical side of counselling as well as teaching some more advanced skills. It will prepare you for a practical placement in a counselling agency which is required for level 4, but many agencies will not allow students to take up their placement until they are part way through their level 4 course.
Because this is a higher-level course, the academic demands are greater than for the level 2 course. You again must complete a portfolio consisting of a journal of your learning, assignments, self-reviews, and tutor and peer feedback. You will have to write a short case study covering some sessions that you will have with another student. There is also an external assessment which involves answering questions relating to a short video.
This course will be presented within a Christian worldview in an integrative mode, as it incorporates insights from secular counselling models. This makes the certificate relevant to potential employers or professional bodies, whether Christian or secular.
Please note that this course is a pathway for you to enrol into the level 4 diploma which will qualify you to practice as a counsellor under BACP or/and ACC. BACP is British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, and ACC is the Association of Christian Counsellors.