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Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Expand on your existing skills as a counsellor by learning how to work with children and young people.

Coronavirus update

Whilst we continue to monitor government guidelines on coronavirus, we hope to be able to resume courses in the coming months. We have now re-opened some courses for application.

Please note that all posted dates will be subject to change in line with government guidance and the response to the pandemic. When we resume, all courses will be capped at a smaller number, and will be risk assessed to ensure that we remain compliant with social distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of students and tutors.

If you signed up to a delayed course, we will be in touch via email with a specific update about your course. Please look out for this email.

We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Conversion course: Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate is an opportunity for adult counsellors to diversify and develop their practice through coursework and a placement in a Place2Be school.

We run our Level 4 Certificate throughout the year so keep checking this page for new dates. Applications are closed. Please check here for updates.

Course details

What it covers:

  • Building counselling skills for working with children and young people
  • Understanding this work in the context of a theoretical framework underpinned by attachment theory
  • Applying understanding of what it means to work safely, legally and ethically as a counsellor for children and young people
  • Developing counsellor competency and practice through the process of regular supervision and support
  • Understanding the importance of best practice when working with difference and diversity and how to apply this to children and young people.

Useful for those who are:

  • Already adult counsellors
  • On an adult diploma at Level 4 or above
  • Interested in learning how to work with children and young people.

Course structure:

  • 50 hours of counselling practice through a supervised and assessed placement in a Place2Be school
  • A two-day introductory workshop, placement induction and safeguarding training
  • Nine days of specialist training, with written assignments after each workshop
  • Two case studies.

Please note that Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate does not follow on from our Level 3 Certificate. If you’re looking for your next step from there, find out about our Postgraduate Diploma

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Have completed or be studying towards an adult diploma at Level 4 or above
  • Have been accepted on a Counselling Placement with Place2Be (and remain on your placement throughout the course)
  • Provide sufficient references (tutor and clinical supervisor)
  • Be invited to and pass Level 4 interview (separate from Placement interview)
  • Have received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Be willing to be playful and creative
  • Be self-reflective and committed to self-development.


  • Accredited and awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Includes 160 ‘guided learning’ hours.

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Payment information

The Level 4 Certificate is currently offered at £900* (this includes your £130 CPCAB registration fee). Payment will be required only if offered a place to study. *price for next academic year 2020/2021. Please note that course prices may change per academic year.

Find out more

Get in touch using our enquiries form or call us on 020 7923 5558.


Safe learning environments

Read Place2Be's guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19).




Counsellor with puppet training in child counselling

The learning I have gained will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Lee, Level 4 participant

Counsellor with child who is smiling in school


Applications for autumn 2020 courses are now closed. Applications for spring 2021 courses will open November 2020.

If you are shortlisted, we will contact you with next steps in the application process. If your preferred course is full, we will offer you a space on a later one.