Level 4 FAQs
Our next intake will be in January 2025. Sign up to register your interest page to hear when applications for our Level 4 Diploma open.
We are working on expanding the programme in a financially sustainable way around the UK to reach as many communities as possible. If we are not yet in your area, do take a look at our alternative counselling routes which might be operating near you:
The all-day training will run from 9am to 5pm.
Once you complete your course, we hope that you will choose to apply for a Place2Be role at the end of your course, such as a Mental Health Practitioner in one of our schools. These are not guaranteed, however.
We are working with schools to find the most supportive placements for students on the Level 4 Diploma. All schools will be based in:
- Greater London
- between Manchester and York.
We will offer you options for your placement school, but you might be expected to travel for up to 90 minutes using public transport to your placement if needed.
Our PGDip and the Level 4 Qualification are similar in that they both:
- qualify you to become a counsellor
- include placements in Place2Be schools.
The main things that make these two qualifications different are:
- our PGDip qualification takes place over two years, and the awarding body is the University of East London
- our Level 4 Qualification takes place over 12 months, and the awarding body is the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).
Level 4 also focuses more on the operational management of a whole-school service and learning Mental Health Practitioner responsibilities.
Please read through all the information about the training provider and the courses you are interested in before applying.
Some things you might want to consider when deciding which qualification is right for you might include:
- time commitments
- if you wish to study part-time or full-time
- your budget and what payment options are available
- what qualification you will get at the end of the course.
Place2Be works in primary, secondary, high and all-through schools. Our Level 4 Diploma in School-Based Child Counselling focuses on finding placements for our students in primary schools. We have made this decision because primary schools have a placement model that appropriately complements our Level 4 Diploma.
Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee our self-funded discount will be available for future applicants. However, we will try our best to make sure it is.
Yes. Our students will not have school or training on bank holiday dates.
The August dates are an intensive version of our Level 3 programme - introduction to counselling skills with children. Therefore, you do not have to have completed Level 2 and Level 3 before this course, but we do recommend it.
Yes. Our Level 4 Diploma in School-Based Child Counselling is accredited as of September 2023.
Once we have completed our first academic run of this programme, which will be from August 2023 to August 2024, we will apply for BACP accreditation.
Our Level 4 Diploma meets all BACP ethical standards and guidelines. Once you complete the course, you can apply for BACP membership.
We have been working closely with the BACP and following their guidance to ensure they will support us in the future.
As an organisation, we have a reasonable adjustments policy, where we will try our best to make adjustments that suit you given enough notice. Please note in your application if you think you will need any reasonable adjustments.
Yes, that should be fine as long as you're in a primary school. We need to confirm that your School Project Manager (SPM) can support your learning throughout the programme. We encourage your SPM to contact our team via their Area Manager to discuss what this will involve.
You will be in one or two schools over the three days.
You can do top-up training to expand your work to include children. We have a Level 5 Certificate in Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People in Schools for qualified adult counsellors looking to work with children.
Yes. Once completing the course, you will be qualified to work in private practice and child counsellor roles with Place2Be or other organisations.