CPCAB Level 5 Courses

CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling

This one-year part-time qualification is intended to give you the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as a self-employed counsellor in independent practice. It will also equip you to take on a senior counselling role in an organisational context where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.

You’ll gain training on how to establish and maintain an appropriate framework for independent autonomous practice; how to carry out client assessments (including identifying and referring clients with severe and complex mental health problems); and practice autonomously as a professional counsellor in one or more settings. You will also be expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of personal counselling by the end of the course. This can include hours undertaken prior to the start of the course but at least 10 hours of personal therapy must be undertaken during the training year itself.

You’ll need to achieve a minimum of 60 hours formally contracted counselling (one-to-one), including client assessment.

Course Assessment
Throughout the course you will be expected to build an ongoing portfolio of coursework, undergo observations of counselling skills practice and assessment, and complete an externally assessed case review.

Entry requirements
You’ll need to have successfully completed a CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) or Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) equivalent (minimum 420 Guided Learning Hours), in addition to appropriate pre-TC-L4 (or equivalent) training. You will also need to complete and application form and interview to establish your suitability for the course.

Successful completion of this Diploma course means that you will be able to work as a counsellor in a range of job and career opportunities, which include but are not limited to:
• An autonomous counsellor in private practice or agency settings.
• Work as a senior counsellor within a counselling agency.

Graduates may also choose to diversify into the area of teaching counselling within an FE or HE context (additional suitable teaching experience or qualifications may be required).

Course Dates and Times:


Wednesday 2nd October 2024


9:30am – 12:30pm






Wanstead House