Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Practice course
9 days (over a year)
Various locations

Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate is a conversion course for qualified adult counsellors or those who are currently studying on a Level 4 or above adult Diploma course. Therefore, please note that our Level 4 Certificate does not follow on from our Level 3 Certificate. 

Place2Be's Level 4 Certificate is aimed at those who are undertaking, or have undertaken, adult counselling courses who want to work with children and young people.

The Certificate enables learners to build, develop and practise counselling skills for working with children and young people, over the course of a year.

What it covers:

  • 50 hours of counselling practice through a supervised and assessed placement in a Place2Be school

9 days of specialist training:

  • Placement Introductory Workshop (2 days) - To be attended prior to starting the course, as part of the required mandatory training for beginning your placement.
  • Placement Induction & Safeguarding Workshop - To be attended prior to starting the course, as part of the required mandatory training for beginning your placement.
  • Helping Children Tell Their Stories
  • Working with Metaphor
  • Children's Emotional Wellbeing
  • Attachment Theory and Self Awareness in the Counsellor
  • Working with Difference and Diversity
  • Making Endings with Children
  • Special Education Needs (SEN) and disability e-learning module


Useful for: 

  • New Counsellors on Placement with Place2Be, who are already qualified as adult counsellors or are currently undertaking a Level 4 or above adult Diploma course

Entry requirements:

  • Students must have completed or be currently undertaking a Level 4 or above counselling or psychotherapy adult Diploma course
  • Before applying for the Level 4 Certificate, you will need to be accepted onto a Counselling Placement with Place2Be. Click here to apply for a Counselling Placement.
  • You must be on placement with Place2Be for the duration of the course 
  • Received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Willingness to be playful and creative
  • Willingness to be self-reflective and having a commitment to self-development
  • Effective listening skills
  • Appropriate personal qualities of warmth, genuineness and empathy
  • Willingness to work in a group



Students should be prepared for substantial reading and written work outside of contact hours.

Written work required

  • 1700 words following each workshop, this may include a journal entry or short essay and reading assignment (draft and final submissions required)
  • 3000 word case study to be handed in at the end of the course (draft and final submissions required)



  • The Level 4 Certificate is a 22 credit unit accredited and awarded by CPCAB (the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body).

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Locations, Dates and Costs

Through generous sponsorship, the Level 4 Certificate is offered currently at £330* (this includes your £130 CPCAB registration fee). The full cost associated with the Level 4 Certificate course is £955.

*Academic year 2019/2020, please note this cost may vary year by year.

Applications for spring 2020 courses will open on 1 November 2019. Our dates for the next academic year 2020/2021 will be listed from May/June 2020. 


  • (CLOSED) Saturday 28 September 2019 - 22 August 2020
  • Venue- RSS Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 4JP


Dundee (Abertay University students ONLY)

Orientation Evenings: TBC


  • (CLOSED) Sunday 6 October 2019 - 12 July 2020
  • (CLOSED) Sunday 3 November 2019 - 27 September 2020
  • Saturday 22 February 2020 - 12 December 2020 (download calendar)
  • Venue- Place2Be, 175 St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 4LW

Orientation Evening: sign up via Counsellors Portal


  • Saturday 14 March 2020 - 9 January 2021 (download calendar)
  • Venue- Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, Leeds, LS6 1QF

Orientation Evening: sign up via Counsellors Portal


  • (CLOSED) Saturday 16 November 2019 - 12 September 2020
  • Sunday 5 April 2020 - 21 February 2021 (download calendar)
  • Venue- Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA), Market Buildings, 13 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1EU

Orientation Evening: sign up via Counsellors Portal


  • (CLOSED) Saturday October 2019 - 5 September 2020
  • Venue - The Old Library, Singleton Rd, Cardiff CF24 2ET

How to apply 

1. Before applying for the Level 4 Certificate, you need to be confirmed as a Counsellor on Placement with Place2Be.

2. Sign up to attend a mandatory Orientation Evening via the Counsellors Portal.

3. After attending the Orientation Evening, we follow up with an application pack including application and reference request forms.

4. Submit your application form via the Level 4 Certificate website. Please forward the reference request form to your current/most recent clinical supervisor and qualifying course tutor. Your referees should then email us the completed form at Qualify@place2be.org.uk

5. Once we have received your application we will contact you with next steps in the application process.

Please read our Terms & Conditions

Places for the Certificate are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and subject to suitability, following attendance at the compulsory Orientation Evening. 

Find out more

If you are interested in finding out more about this course, or have any questions, we are always happy to help. 

You can email Qualify@place2be.org.uk or give us a call on 020 7923 5558.

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