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Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Top-Up)

Subject Area
Health & Social Care
Start Date
Study Mode
64 Weeks

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma extends the work-related focus from previous studies at level 4. There is potential for the qualification to prepare learners for employment in a particular vocational sector and it is suitable for those who have decided that they wish to enter a specific area of work.

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling provides a work-related programme of study that covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in counselling. Learners select one specialist unit which provides the theoretical basis of their study. Specialist units cover the main theoretical approaches to counselling. After completing the specialist unit learners must then complete the mandatory units that cover the knowledge and skills that define the work of all counsellors.

Access to suitable counselling work situations is fundamental to successful completion of this qualification, either through permanent full, or part-time employment or through a collaborative work placement.

Course Modules/units

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling is a 120-credit and 480-guided-learning-hour (GLH) qualification that consists of one specialist unit, five mandatory units plus two optional units that provide for a combined total of 120 credits.

Specialist unit

  • Transactional Analysis in Counselling

        Mandatory units (all units to be selected):

        • Counselling Skills, Development and Practice
        • Theories and Approaches in Counselling
        • Continuing Personal Development in Counselling
        • Human Development in Relation to Counselling
        • Client Work in Therapeutic Counselling* (This unit also includes a period of 100 hours’ client work experience)

        Optional units could include:

        • Counselling for Loss and Grief
        • Counselling Clients Who Have Experienced Abuse
        • Counselling Young People
        • Relationship Counselling
        • Counselling Related Research

        Entry Requirements

        As a prerequisite for admission to the Diploma course learners must possess the SEG Awards ABC Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling or an equivalent qualification obtained elsewhere. You must demonstrate your suitability to undertake this Level 5 qualification course and you will take part in an interview with a course tutor and be required to pass a skill test.

        Dates and Course Durations

        September 2022

        Study Method

        Classroom-based with some E-learning through York College Blackboard and Microsoft Teams. You will be studying for the qualification on a part-time basis. The use of assessment evidence will be drawn from learners’ work environments. Tutors will liaise with employers to ensure a course relevant to learners’ specific needs and encourage you to access and use non-confidential data and documents from your own workplace.


        This course encourages feedback form peers and tutors, and a process of self-reflection using weekly journals which is assessed through completion of a workbook. All units within this qualification are internally assessed. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes. To achieve a ‘Pass’ a learner must have successfully passed all the assessment criteria.

        Course Fees

        The fees for this course can be supported by a loan, if you feel you may qualify for an available loan, or wish to discuss financial options, please contact the Funding Team.

        Additional Costs

        All materials are provided for you to complete the course. However, some courses may require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


        Students have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

        Course Progression

        You could progress to a Postgraduate and Post Qualifying course in counselling studies. Many learners progress towards national accreditation status with professional lead bodies.

        Career Progression

        Successful completion of this course will ensure you have enhanced and specialised your counselling skills in a particular field and improved career prospects and personal development.

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