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Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Course title


Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 120 credits

This programme is subject to validation for 2022 entry, and elements of the programme are likely to change.

Campus location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

This programme is validated and quality assured by Pearson

The Diploma in Counselling is an appropriate qualification for a wide variety of professionals, from teachers to nurses and managers. It is also ideal if you are considering a career change or simply want to become more self-aware. An aim of the course is to provide you with professional training in counselling, which will enable you to gain both a sound theoretical framework and the practitioner skills required to work safely and effectively as a counsellor.

Length of course

Part Time, over two years

Compulsory Modules


The following compulsory modules are 15 credits each:

Unit 2 Person Centred Approaches to Counselling

Unit 6 Counselling Skills, Development and Practice

Unit 7 Comparative Theories and Approaches in Counselling

Unit 8 Continual Personal Development in Counselling

Unit 9 Human Development in Relation to Counselling

Unit 10 Client Work In Therapeutic Counselling

Unit 11 Counselling for Loss and Grief

Unit 13 Counselling Young People

Unit 15 Counselling Related Research

Please note that some programme’s modules are subject to change.


Part Time available for 2022 entry:

  • Part time, over two evenings per week.
  • Students are allocated a personal tutor who supports with study.  Students will meet with their personal tutor regularly for tutorials
  • Students will experience lecturers, workshops, group work as well as engage in independent study

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There will be a range of learning and assessment styles, such as lecturers, workshops, group work as well as independent study and students will be encouraged to become reflective practitioners throughout their studies.

In the programme’s second year, students will be expected to complete a counselling placement which will enable the College to assess a student’s ability to work ethically and professionally in the Counselling field

Example modes of assessments include: written assignments, presentations, case studies, reflective portfolio entries, reflective journals, seminars, independent studies, counselling placement, self-evaluation/needs analysis, evaluations, and literature critiques.

How to apply

Part 1: Apply online through the Halesowen College website

Part 2: Submit a piece of written work of 1000 words detailing why you wish to be considered for an interview and provide evidence of ALL the entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • English Language grade C/4 or above
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills or Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Theory (on-line level 3 counselling courses not accepted)
  • Provide a written professional reference from your level 3 course tutor/provider
  • Proof of GCSE or O’level English Language at grade “C”/”4” or above
  • Provide a written personal from someone who has known you longer than 2 years (cannot be a family member)
  • Enhanced clear DBS (if you are unable to provide one at the point of applying then you need to be aware that you will need one to commence placement and should there be anything on the DBS then this could result in you not being able to get a placement/obtaining BACP membership/completing the qualification

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

Additional Costs that students will incur

  • Edexcel registration fee (which will need to be paid during the programme’s first term of study, if not already paid along with the course fee).
  • BACP membership (mandatory before students are allowed to go into placements)
  • Weekly personal therapy (which will continue to the end of 100 placement hours).
    Please note that this could cost anything up to £40 (or above) per hour
  • Individual supervision (if not provided by a qualified Counselling Supervisor at placement).
    Please note that this could cost anything up to £45 (or above) per hour and you will have to have 1.5 hours per calendar month in line with BACP requirements
  • Personal Indemnity Insurance
  • Books (if not able to access from the College Library)
  • DBS (old CRB) checks if required by placement (this cannot be done through the college procedure for DBS checks)
  • Unit(s) fee if assessments are not passed by the second submission attempt.

Should Saturday workshops be required (either half days or full days) over the length of the course to make up 480 guided learning hours, they will be mandatory.

Progressional agreements

Application for Individual Accreditation with BACP in accordance with meeting all BACP’s criteria for accreditation.

Higher Education Route (university)

Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling

Start date

Autumn 2022


Autumn 2022 course timetable to be confirmed


Autumn 2022 course timetable to be confirmed
5-9pm both evenings

Course fee

Course fees for 2022 entry are yet to be confirmed.

Course code


Study mode

Part Time available for Autumn 2022 entry

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