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Level 4 Counselling and Psychotherapy


Level 4 Counselling and Psychotherapy

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    **Reasonable standard of literacy**

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    Level 4 Counselling and Psychotherapy


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    Prior study is not a prerequisite – you just need a passion for the subject matter!

    The most exciting thing is that if you have “been there, done it, worn the T-shirt and watched the DVD”, you are probably the best person to “counsel” them! Counselling is, quite literally, a “talking” therapy. A large number of professional counsellors have themselves experienced and recovered from conditions like these. They have then gone on to gain professional qualifications in order to pass on their experience of coping and recovering. If you’re also a good listener, then you could be ideally suited to this profession

    Our Counselling and Psychotherapy study pack is an inspired choice for those who want to help others suffering from stress, depression, addiction, eating disorders, divorce plus many more mentally challenging conditions.

    How would you like to get some “hands on” experience while you’re learning? If you show promise through your assignments, you may also be offered volunteer opportunities while studying. Like the ability to obtain student membership with the NCS (see below), this is unique to students of MyDistance Learning College.

    The materials start with the basic principles of Counseling and Psychotherapy and progresses through to counselling tools and techniques, which can be used to work with clients’ symptoms. It also gives you a good insight into a number of therapies currently in use, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Person-Centred Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Gestalt Therapy, plus many others.

    Students are then encouraged and guided to explore some of the many reasons for a person to seek therapy, including those mentioned above, and others such as schizophrenia and abuse. You will also learn about the ways in which therapy is delivered.


    One of the key benefits of studying with Distance Learning Plus is that you get access to your full course materials online once you enrol.

    You’ll receive access to our Online Student Community where you’ll be able to view your course materials, submit your work, contact your tutor, and interact with other learners via the online forums.


    A reasonable level of literacy is required, but there are no entry restrictions.

    You just need a keen interest in the subject, and will ideally have studied the subject or ancillary disciplines at a lower level if you want to progress quickly.

    Non-Regulated Qualification Endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP Scheme

    This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme.

    Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

    The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful completion you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

    Although the materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

    Although, there are no entry requirements, you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.

    UNIT 1 – Digestion
    UNIT 2 – Dietary Nutrients
    UNIT 3 – Supplementary nutrients
    UNIT 4 – Role of Fluids
    UNIT 5 – Weight loss and dieting
    UNIT 6 – Vegetarianism
    UNIT 7 – Groups with Special dietary needs
    UNIT 8 – Eating Disorders
    UNIT 9 – Personal Diet Plans

    When you have successfully completed your studies you will receive a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards.

    This is a non-regulated qualification which is endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme. They are not nationally recognised qualifications; on successful completion of your studies you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a certificate of completion from Distance Learning Plus.

    Focus Awards is regulated as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    Non-regulated qualifications endorsed under the FQP scheme are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

    Who is this for?

    Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The learning materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive learning materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

    What will I cover?

    Your studies will cover the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

    Is it accredited?

    This is a non-regulated qualification endorsed by Focus Awards under the FQP scheme.

    Although the learning materials are comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

    Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. A certificate of achievement will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

    Is this a nationally recognised qualification?

    No, this is a non-regulated qualification which has been endorsed by Focus Awards under their FQP scheme

    What will my studies prepare me for?

    The learning materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

    If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

    Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

    How do I send in my work?

    You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

    What do I receive once I enrol?

    You will receive login details to our Online Student Community. Here you will be able to access your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your work, and interact with other learners via the online forums.

    Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

    Your studies should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, you can complete your studies in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

    Is there a word count for my assignments?

    Although a word count is not given for the tutor marked assignments, it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with your materials. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

    Do I need a computer to complete my studies?

    Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to access your materials, submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

    Are the learning materials paper-based or online?

    All of the learning materials are online. You will receive a login to the online student community when you enrol, where you will be able to access the full set of materials and assessment tasks for your course.

    What is diet and nutrition?

    Many people suffer with different eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and obesity. When people suffer with eating disorders they will need specialist help from a dietician or nutritionist. Dieticians work with many people with different problems. They help people change eating habits to ensure their health is as it should be.

    When did you decide to work in diet and nutrition?

    When I was younger I was teased at school for being obese, I had always suffered with my weight and eating habits. It was not until I began at college that I made the decision to lose weight drastically. I joined the college gym and had advice from those that worked in the gym for healthy eating. In my first year of college (10 months) I had managed 5.5 stone, and had never felt better. I knew I still had a long way to go but I knew now the hard work paid off. In my second year of college I decided this was something that I wanted to help others with as I knew personally what the struggles could be with weight issues. I went on to study human nutrition at university.

    What does a dietician do on a daily basis?

    Dieticians can be based in a hospital or work within the community, role can vary greatly. In a hospital you would usually work within one area, such as a children’s health where you may run clinics in order to help those with special dietary needs.

    When working in the community you would be working as part of a team with other professionals where you visit individuals to offer advice and support to clients. You may also be involves in activities or events that are run to raise awareness for health.

    What are the entry requirements to become a dietician?

    In order to become a dietician you would need a degree in Dietetics or human nutrition. To qualify at degree level 5 GCSE’s A*-C are usually required (including Maths, English and Science). Three A-Levels (or equivalent) are also required. To work specifically in diet and nutrition a scientific A-Level would be needed.

    What can I expect to earn in working in diet and nutrition?

    Starting salaries start from £21, 388 – £27, 901 a year

    Experiences dieticians can earn up to £40, 558 a year

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