Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 

At a Glance


  • This one year part time course teaches qualified counsellors to work in independent practice or as a senior counselling in an agency setting

  • Requires a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or the equivalent to enroll

  • This course will allow you to deepen you practice with clients and work with implicit aspects of the self

  • 132 Guided Learning Hours

  • 46 Academic credits

  • Course Fee £2600 or twelve monthly payments of £216

  • Forms part of the CPCAB Open University Foundation Degree progression route

This qualification is designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a self-employed counsellor in independent practice, or to take on a senior counselling role in an organisation, where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.

The course is designed to develop your practice to work with more complex and enduring problems. We will explore attachment disorders, maladpative schemas, how to work with trauma and using the therapeutic relationship as a vehicle for healing. You will be introduced to our own model which informs an integrative and holistic way of working with clients and what they bring.


In addition, the course will explore the requirements of establishing an independent practice such as client assessment and marketing yourself as an independent counsellor.

The course will teach you to:


  • To work safely, legally and ethically as an independent counsellor

  • Work with complex aspects of the counselling relationship

  • Use theory and research to work with client diversity in independent practice

  • Use a coherent approach to respond to the needs of individual clients

  • Work with self awareness as an independent practitioner

  • Use theory, research and skills within a coherent framework for independent counselling practice

  • Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor in independent practice


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Next Level 5 Course Available

Course days are typically held fortnightly

Classroom Based Learning

In our Ivybridge Centre

​Friday Daytime

9.30am till 4pm

September 2022 - July 2023

Spaces left: 14

Online Learning

Delivered via Zoom

Wednesday Daytime

9.30am till 4pm

September 2022 - July 2023

Spaces left: 14