Description of the Qualification
The AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF) is aimed at learners whose qualification goal is to achieve professional status in counselling. It may also be appropriate for those working in roles where counselling skills are needed: for example, nursing, teaching, social work, voluntary sector, the police and armed forces.
This qualification enables learners to embark on practice working within an ethical framework and will develop an understanding of legal and ethical requirements. Learners are expected to make appropriate use of counselling supervision and evaluate their own work. The placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner.
This qualification comprises two mandatory units (Counselling Practicum and Embarking on Practice) and two optional unit groups that provide an opportunity to deepen theoretical knowledge of one of the core theories and also to focus on a particular context in the counselling profession:
The options units that will be taken as part of the course deloievred by AAAIB will be Cognitive-Behavioural Theory and Approaches to Working with Trauma.
National Counselling Society Accredited Course
The AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice course run at AAAIB is accredited by the National Counselling Society and, at the discretion of the Society, is a route onto a national register of counsellors which is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority
AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF) 601/3288/7
Aim of the course
The AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice has been developed specifically to provide an effective developmental progression route for candidates whose ultimate qualification goal is to achieve Professional Status as a Therapeutic Counsellor. The target audience for this award is mature people who are seeking:
• progress towards achieving status as a professionally accredited counsellor and achieve eligibility for entry on to the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors (UKRC)
• to become counselling practitioners;
• to improve their performance, and prospects, in an existing career;
• a career change;
• to return to work after a career break.
What does the course cover?
The course is run over 2 years. To qualify for the full award a candidate must complete two Mandatory Units – Counselling Practicum and Embarking on Practice in addition to the 2 additional units Cognitive-Behavioural Theory and Approaches to Working with Trauma.
Note: Learners studying towards the AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF) must complete at least 100 hours of counselling placement, evidenced through a supervisor’s report, before they can be awarded the qualification
Students will need to have completed or be working towards a minimum of the Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or its equivalent, in qualification or vocational experience. If you have not completed the Level 2/Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (or equivalent) with AAAIB to ensure suitability for counselling training, all prospective students will require a formal interview prior to enrolment. Any previous training will be assessed and if suitable be reviewed for eligiblity for recognition for prior leaning (RPL)
Whilst on this course and all our counselling courses, high priority will be given to moral and ethical issues, equal opportunities and the importance of giving and receiving personal sensitive information confidentially and in a non-judgemental way.
Candidates must be willing to abide by the BACP’s ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy (2010). They must also be willing to share confidential / personal information with fellow candidates and centre staff and to maintain the circle of confidentiality.
This award will enhance career opportunities in a range of counselling environments and will also assist further opportunities for academic progression.
Learners may progress onto the AIM Awards Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (QCF) and towards a professional qualification enabling students to work as a counselling practitioner
Successful candidates are presented with several opportunities to progress in education and training within the counselling discipline or another related subject area. For example:
• higher counselling qualifications
• other higher qualifications
• as RPL within the qualifications regulatory framework for other vocational awards in social care and or guidance.
This is a part-time day or evening course running over a 2 year period. The details confirming the start dates and the day of the week that this course will run will be provided on enquiry.
Evening courses Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 6.00pm – 9.00pm – depending on availability.
Daytime courses subject to sufficient registrations.
How is the course assessed?
The Level 4 AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF) is assessed by means of a combination of external and internal assessments. External assessment are set and marked by AIM Awards. Internal assessments are marked by the Tutor and are externally verified by AIM Awards.
The four assessment processes used throughout this course are:
2. Essay (or structured writing);
3. Study of Supervised Practice;
4. Practical role-play assessment.
External Assessment Methods
Mandatory Unit 1 – 2 hour test.
Mandatory Unit 2 Assignment.
Internal Assessment Methods
For all units:
Practical role-play assessment (skills units); and/or
Essay or structured writing (theory units).
What qualification will I gain?
AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice (QCF)
Ofqual Qualification Number : 601/3288/7
How many Credits do I earn?
The learning AIM reference is 60132887 and the Qualification Accreditiaion number is 601/3288/7 in the 1.3 Health and Social Care Sector.
Learners must achieve 59 credits in total. Learners must achieve 29 credits from the 2 mandatory units, a minimum of 15 credits from each of the Optional units.
Please contact AAAIB for further details.
When will the next course start?
Please contact AAAIB for further details.
How do I apply?
Contact AAAIB by email in firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01726 814582