Level 5

Therapeutic Counselling


1 year


Rush Green Campus


Sep 2022


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.

You'll learn how to work as a Counsellor in a post-pandemic world. The course covers a combination of theory and work-based practice, covering the following:

  • 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

Case Review – externally assessed.

All other work internally assessed/externally verified. You will build a portfolio of work throughout the academic year, which is then assessed to ensure you are proficient alongside the eternal assessment of a case study.

Entry onto this programme is for students who have successfully completed the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, who have completed the 100+ voluntary counselling hours in an agency setting and who have been in personal therapy throughout the course.

Our Counselling team are current practitioners.

You'll need to complete a mandatory work placement/employment component.

This qualification will enable you to work in private practice as a counsellor or as a senior counsellor, within an agency setting. You can work towards the experience needed to start the Level 6 supervision course, which on completion, will enable you to supervise other counsellors.

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.