Pearson BTEC HNC Level 4 in Counselling & Applied Psychology


This is a new course taught by very experienced tutors with an excellent industry reputation.

For those who have successfully completed a face-to-face level 3 counselling qualification, this is your progression route to professional practice. You will have a chance to substantially develop your knowledge of counselling theory and ethics. In addition you will have the opportunity to engage in personal development to enhance your therapeutic practice.


We provide a professional setting, with unique, purpose-built counselling booths, so that you have the appropriate space in which to develop your counselling skills.

You will be pleased to know that you can study with us during the day on Mondays (from to 5pm) or over a Thursday afternoon and evening (from 1.30pm to 9pm). The course is delivered over a two-year period from September to June over 32 weeks per year.

On successful completion of this two year course you will be able to qualify as a professional counsellor.

Subject to being signed off as ‘placement ready’ you can commence your placement in the January of your first year of study. It is the student’s responsibility to organise an appropriate placement. If the counselling placement provider cannot supply an appropriate supervisor, it is the responsibility of the student to identify a suitable supervisor and also pay for any fees charged for this service.

Students are required to complete at least 100 counselling placement hours before the end of the course in year 2.

We want you to learn all you can about counselling theory and ethical practice so you will have the opportunity to practice safely in placement and complete assignment work successfully. There will be a variety of assessment methods that are likely to include written assignments and presentations of your learning.

Tutors on this course provide rigorous assessment and coaching of your skills. You will be well supported towards a professional level of ‘fitness to practice’.

 You will be pleased to know that the course is aligned with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) guidelines. This prepares you well for progression to voluntary or paid employment.

The units you will explore during your two years of study are:

  • Unit 1: Personal and Professional Development Through Inclusive Practice
  • Unit 2:Developing Empathic Communication for Effective Therapeutic Relationships
  • Unit 3: Preparing for Research (Pearson-set)
  • Unit 4: Ethical Frameworks in Counselling
  • Unit 5: Self-awareness and Reflective Practice in Counselling
  • Unit 6: Theoretical Perspectives in Counselling
  • Unit 7: Individual Differences
  • Unit 8: Digital Approaches in Caring Professions


You will need the following to access the HNC course:

  • Level 3 certificate in counselling
  • Level 2 pass grade in English and maths (GCSE grade c/4 or above, or equivalent qualification)
  • There is a course requirement stipulating that all students need to acquire student membership of the BACP at own cost prior to beginning counselling practice in a placements. Prospective students are advised to consult the BACP for the latest information on student membership.

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