Fast Track Level 4 and 5 Certificate

Fast Track Level 4 and 5 Certificate

Expand on your existing skills as a counsellor by learning how to work with children and young people as well as shadowing one of Place2Be’s mental health professionals.

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.

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We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Fast Track Level 4 and 5 Certificate in Counselling Children

Place2Be’s Fast Track Level 4 and 5 Certificate course is aimed at qualified counsellors who are looking to convert their adult counselling skills to work with children and young people in counselling and/or in schools.

In order to continue to the Level 5 half of the course, students need to pass and complete the first 6 months of the course (Level 4 Certificate). This course is offered in London and to qualified counsellors only. Applications for spring 2021 course will open November 2020.

What is meant by ‘Fast Track’?

The traditional study pattern and duration of the Level 4 and 5 (combined) would require that a student commits to 24 months of continuous study with Place2Be. However, the Fast Track Level 4 and 5 requires a maximum commitment of 18 months. Please note: you will be required to remain in your placement for the duration of both courses.

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:

  • Qualified adult counsellors

  • Interested in learning how to work with children and young people.

Course structure:

  • Specialist training days twice a month for 12 months (plus moderation gap in between)

  • A total of 100 hours of counselling practice through a supervised and assessed placement in a Place2Be school

  • A two-day introductory workshop, placement induction and safeguarding training

  • 18 days of specialist training with a written course work to be completed.

Please note that Place2Be’s Fast Track Level 4 and Level 5 Certificate is only open to qualified counsellors. Applicants still completing their Level 4 Diplomas (or equivalent) are eligible to apply for Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Have completed an adult counselling 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, Place2Be Level 4 course tutor to move onto Level 5 Certificate course)

  • Attend interview (invitation only)

  • 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 fee for the Fast track Level 4 and Level 5 Certificate is £1,500 (this includes CPCAB registration fee). If studied individually each course would cost £900.

Payment will be required only if offered a place to study. Payment for Level 5 Certificate will be required only after passing the Level 4 Certificate course.

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


This course is offered in London and to qualified counsellors only. Applications for spring 2021 course 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.

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