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Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

Course title


Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 120 credits

Campus location

Whittingham Campus

Why study this course?

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.

What will I learn?

You will be expected to demonstrate a thorough theoretical understanding of all models of counselling, including PCC (Humanistic)/ Psychodynamic, CBT, TA & Gestalt. In addition you will need an understanding of ethical boundaries, equality and diversity and be able to demonstrate professional and personal development in preparation for placement and then to work as a Counsellor.

Length of course

Part Time, over two years

Compulsory Modules


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- this unit is optional unless students choose to do their placement with 11+ clients

Unit 15 Counselling Related Research

You will also require an approved placement and you will be informed as to when you will need this on commencement of the course. You will need to complete 100 hours of one to one counselling practice and it will be mandatory to supply regular client/supervision logs, reports and reflections to show evidence of placement. You will also need to compile a portfolio of evidence of completed units over the 2 years, i.e assignments/assessments and reports etc.

Attend fortnightly therapy for the duration of the qualification (not just the 2 years attending college).


Part Time available for 2023 entry:

  • Part time, one full day or 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



The completion of 100 hours in a counselling placement.

Completion of a portfolio of evidence of successful units (as shown above).

Written proof of fortnightly therapy for the duration of the qualification.

Minimum of 90% for the duration of the course

There will be continual assessment throughout the qualification. Year 2 is not a natural progression and achieving the qualification is not automatic after enrolling

How to apply

Part 1- apply on the College Website

Part 2 – Submit a piece of written work of 1000 words as to why you wish to be considered for an interview

A written Professional reference from your level 3 course tutor/training organisation

A written Personal reference from a person who has known you longer than 2 years (cannot be a family member)

All written feedback from your level 3 course tutor on your work and your overall approach to your course

To be able to provide evidence of GCSE grade C or above in English Language.

If applicants have not completed their level 3 with Halesowen College, they will need to submit at least 4 pieces of their level 3 course work along with tutor feedback

Please note – Any applicant who has not completed their Level 3 Counselling qualification with Halesowen College could be expected to sit a Counselling Competency assessment at interview

Once all of the Part 2 of the application have been received applicants will then be assessed for their suitability for interview

Please note – applicants cannot enrol onto this course without submitting part 2 of the application process and been successful at interview

Entry requirements

Level 3 Award/Certificate/Diploma in Counselling Skills /Theory which involved a minimum of 120 hours of tuition.


Individual accreditation by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy – in line with meeting with BACP accreditation requirements.

Higher Education Routes:

Post Graduate Cert/Diploma in Counselling.

Start date

September 2023


Day – Thursday

Evening – Tuesday & Thursday


Day – 9am – 4pm

Evening – 5pm – 9pm

Course fee


Should any applicants have questions or queries concerning finance, please contact Admissions for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7607

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website

Course code

H70009A – Day

H70009B – Evening

Study mode

Part Time available for Autumn 2023 entry

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