Level 5 – Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling Course

About our course

This course is for qualified counsellors looking to build on their existing knowledge and expertise to grow their practice and become more effective counsellors.

On this CPCAB approved course you’ll learn how to perform a full assessment of existing and prospective clients, and learn how to work with the social, cultural and biological factors that impact individual clients.

As with all of our courses, the level 5 course is taught in an experiential way, meaning you will be encouraged to participate in practice sessions with peers to develop the skills you will be learning. We believe that learning in this way is crucial to becoming a great counsellor, and it allows you to do so in a safe and caring environment.

It also forms part of the CPCAB Open University Foundation Degree progression route!

If you’re interested in starting your own practice or if you want a promotion within an agency setting and want to get the best advice and training available, then our level 5 course is a perfect fit for you!

This course provides:

+ 132 guided learning hours
+ 46 academic credits

What you’ll learn…

Our level 5 course gives you the advice and knowledge needed to continue progressing with your counselling career.

Additionally, our course will look into the requirements and the difficulties that you can face when starting your own practice, and explore ways to overcome them.

Our balance of theory-based and practical classes throughout this level 5 course will help you to:

Perform a thorough assessment of potential clients; this is crucial as you must make sure you have the resources and knowledge needed to counsel them effectively.

Ensure you have the information needed to work safely, legally and ethically as an independent counsellor. This is for your own benefit, as well as the clients!

Market your self effectively as a counsellor, after all, you cannot have a practice without clients. We’ll show you how to do this!

Prepare for the requirements of running your own practice. Don’t let the fear of things like finance, tax and admin stop you from setting up your practice and helping others!

Why study with us?

Focused on you

  • Experienced counsellors supporting you at every stage of your studies
  • Student support service available, should you have any questions outside of your class hours
  • Limited group sizes mean tutors are always on-hand to help and you’ll never be overlooked
  • An active online community so you can learn from and support each other

Study with confidence

  • Courses approved by CPCAB, meaning you can be confident you’ll learn everything you need
  • Meet your full study requirements for level 5, with 132 learning hours and 46 academic credits
  • All course students are required to pass our pre-course assessment, meaning you’ll be surrounded by students who are focused on learning, just like you

Flexible study options

  • Choose between classroom and online learning to suit your needs and fit your lifestyle
  • Choose between our daytime and evening courses depending on your other commitments
  • Online courses are available, making quality counselling training accessible to everyone, no matter where you are

What our students say…

Here are just a few examples of reviews sent to us via email, Facebook or Google:

“I look forward to our sessions, the delivery is inspirational. I have already decided to continue my studies with the hub.

It is the right place for me.”

“The tutors are so friendly and kind and are always there to support you.

I have learnt a lot about myself since the start of the course and have made some new friends.”

Mark is a true guardian of the profession and goes out of his way to help not only his students, but fellow tutors in this field by sharing his knowledge, wisdom and advice. It’s truly heartening to know there are ambassadors out there with the integrity this vocation demands and needs.

“The tutors are extremely knowledgeable, friendly but professional. The content of the course is brilliant, and the location is perfect!

I highly recommend studying here to anyone considering the Counselling profession or Personal development.”

“Thank you for providing such a brilliant course, I honestly have learnt so much & enjoyed every minute. This has been a huge step out of my comfort zone & I’m so pleased to have taken that leap with you guys.”

How you’ll earn your qualification


The great thing about undertaking a CPCAB accredited course is it is recognised nationally and is all focused on helping you to become the best counsellor you can be!

We will require you to complete a course journal, documenting what you have learnt and how you may have applied it in practice. Your course tutor will assess you and your journal on a regular basis, enabling them to help you with any areas that you need to work on.

At the end of the course, you will undertake an assessment, this will then be reviewed and assessed by CPCAB.

Once you have passed your assessments you will obtain your qualification.

Choose the right course for you

You can pay for the level 5 course all in one go or spread the cost over 12 months with our instalment option.

Click ‘View Upcoming Courses’ to find out more about our upcoming level 5 courses and availability.

Upcoming Level 5 Courses

Find the right course for you.


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