Level 5

L5 Diploma in Counselling


30 weeks


Rush Green


Sep 2020


Adult 19+
Higher Education

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

Working as a Counsellor in a post-pandemic world. A combination of theory and work-based practice covering the following:

1. Work safely, legally and ethically as an independent counsellor

2. Work with complex aspects of the counselling relationship

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

4. Use a coherent approach to respond to the needs of individual clients

5. Work with self-awareness as an independent practitioner

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

7. Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor in independent practice

Case Review – externally assessed.

All other work internally assessed/externally verified

L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Our Counselling team are current practitioners

Work placement/employment mandatory component

L6 Diploma/Higher Education

Where it can lead to

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.