Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children

Practice course
9 days (over a year)
Various locations 

Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate is a bolt-on 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:

  • Volunteer Introductory Workshop (2 days)
  • Volunteer Induction & Safeguarding Workshop
  • 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 Volunteer Counsellors with Place2Be, who are already qualified as counsellors or are currently undertaking a Level 4 or above adult Diploma course

Entry requirements:


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

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How to apply

Applications for our 2018-19 Level 4 courses will open in April. Please only send in an application form if you are applying for the Cardiff course starting in March 2018.

1. Before applying for the Level 4 Certificate, you need to be accepted as a Volunteer Counsellor with Place2Be.

2. Once you have been allocated a Volunteer Counsellor placement in a Place2Be school, please download and complete the Level 4 Certificate application form

3. Send your completed form to qualify@place2be.org.uk.

Places for the Certificate are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Locations, Dates and Costs

The Level 4 Certificate costs £330. (This includes your £130 CPCAB registration fee and a course fee of £200)


Cardiff (Applications open now)

  • 3 March 2018 - 8 December 2018 (Saturdays) View Calendar
  • Venue- Llanrumney Library, Countisbury Avenue, Llanrumney, Cardiff CF3 5NQ


London (Applications open in April 2018)

  • 2018 - 19 Academic year, Dates TBC 
  • Venue- Place2Be, 175 St John St, London, EC1V 4LW


Glasgow (Applications open in April 2018)

  • 2018-19 Academic year, Dates TBC
  • Venue- RSS Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow, G2 4JP 


Manchester (Applications open in April 2018)

  • 2018-19 Academic year, Dates TBC
  • Venue- The CFCCA, Market Buildings, 13 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1EU


Leeds (Applications open in April 2018)

  • 2018-19 Academic year, Dates TBC
  • Venue- Burley Lodge Centre, 42-46 Burley Lodge Road, Leeds, LS6 1QF


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 complete our enquiries form or give us a call on 020 7923 5558.

A Volunteer Counsellor's story

Nisha's youngest child had started school and she was interested in a new career with children