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Therapeutic Counselling Diploma Level 5

Course overview

As a coun­sel­lor, you’ll active­ly lis­ten to clients, offer­ing them time, empa­thy and respect to talk about par­tic­u­lar issues and prob­lems, with the aim to reduce con­fu­sion and increase their abil­i­ty to cope with chal­lenges, or to make pos­i­tive changes to their lives.
Achiev­ing this qual­i­fi­ca­tion enables you to prac­tice as a Coun­sel­lor and progress to work in senior roles with­in the NHS, char­i­ty or edu­ca­tion sectors.
This two year course based at our Stam­ford cam­pus will pro­vide you with a thor­ough ground­ing in the key con­cepts and prac­ti­cal skills required in the coun­selling sec­tor and is recog­nised nation­al­ly by employ­ers. You will gain the knowl­edge, under­stand­ing and skills required for a range of coun­selling spe­cialisms to allow you to suc­cess­ful­ly progress in the future.
You will learn through a com­bi­na­tion of inde­pen­dent and group activ­i­ties includ­ing lec­tures, sem­i­nars, trips, vis­its and work-relat­ed experiences.
You have the option of study­ing the course as one full day or one after­noon and evening on the same day.
The cours­es at Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre Peter­bor­ough are stud­ied in small­er class sizes com­pared with oth­er uni­ver­si­ties, a typ­i­cal class size is under 30 students.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

When study­ing this course we will timetable your lec­tures into one full day a week over two semes­ters per year or one after­noon and evening on the same day over two semes­ters per year (see Dura­tion and deliv­ery for exact details). We are able to offer this con­ve­nient timetabling to our stu­dents as we are a small­er insti­tu­tion so we can timetable our staff and resources more effi­cient­ly. There are two semes­ters per year and each semes­ter is up to 15 weeks which includes up to 12 teach­ing weeks and 3 assess­ment weeks. When study­ing part-time you will be in class­es, sem­i­nars and tuto­ri­als for approx­i­mate­ly 7 hours per week and will spend the rest of your time in inde­pen­dent study and extra-cur­ric­u­lar activ­i­ties includ­ing work place­ment if not embed­ded in your course. We rec­om­mend that full-time stu­dents allow an addi­tion­al 15 hours per week for addi­tion­al study. The cam­pus is open Mon­day to Fri­day through­out the year and you will also have 247 access to a vir­tu­al learn­ing envi­ron­ment (VLE) with e‑books, jour­nals and abstracts plus teach­ing resources and inter­ac­tive tools. Timeta­bles are avail­able at least 6 weeks before reg­is­tra­tion and you can refer to the aca­d­e­m­ic cal­en­dar for exam­i­na­tion weeks and resit peri­ods. The days of the week you study may change each year and in some cir­cum­stances one of the full days might have to be split into two half days, but we aim to keep these as full days where possible.

Entry Require­ments

Appli­cants must have a Cer­tifi­cate in Coun­selling Skills and The­o­ry (Lev­el 3)

Mature stu­dents or stu­dents who do not have the above qual­i­fi­ca­tions can con­tact our admis­sions team on 01733 214466 or admissions@​ucp.​ac.​uk to dis­cuss equiv­a­lent qual­i­fi­ca­tions or rel­e­vant work experience.

You must have GCSE Eng­lish lan­guage and math­e­mat­ics at a min­i­mum of grade C or grade 4.

If Eng­lish is not your first lan­guage you will require a recog­nised Lev­el 2 Eng­lish lan­guage qual­i­fi­ca­tion or an IELTS score of 5.5 (with 5.5 min­i­mum in each skill) or an equiv­a­lent Eng­lish Lan­guage qualification.

An enhanced DBS check is required.


We can accept a wide range of over­seas qual­i­fi­ca­tions and use UK NAR­IC to com­pare qual­i­fi­ca­tions. For advice about over­seas qual­i­fi­ca­tion con­ver­sion call the Admis­sions Office on 01733 214466 or email admissions@​ucp.​ac.​uk.


APCL relates to learn­ing com­plet­ed through an ear­li­er course of study. If you have pre­vi­ous­ly com­plet­ed a course which is rel­e­vant to your pro­posed course you should make this clear when you apply. For this to be eli­gi­ble for con­sid­er­a­tion you must be able to pro­vide cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, which shows your suc­cess in a final assess­ment for that course. Learn­ing must be com­plet­ed in the last five years or fur­ther evi­dence of updat­ing will be required. Sim­ple par­tic­i­pa­tion in a course or an atten­dance cer­tifi­cate is not sufficient.


We offer stu­dents flex­i­bil­i­ty in their stud­ies, by recog­nis­ing learn­ing they may have com­plet­ed else­where before they apply. The Accred­i­ta­tion of Pri­or Learn­ing process ensures that we can take this into account when deter­min­ing the mod­ules you must study. It is impor­tant that you iden­ti­fy any rel­e­vant pri­or learn­ing when you apply. If your pre­vi­ous study specif­i­cal­ly relates to mod­ules on the course you wish to under­take we may approve a reduced pro­gramme of study, thus short­en­ing the time it takes to obtain your award. Where this relates to learn­ing com­plet­ed through an ear­li­er course of study, this is called Pri­or Cer­tifi­cat­ed Learn­ing, and where learn­ing has been achieved through rel­e­vant work or expe­ri­ence, this is referred to as Pri­or Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing. Claims must be approved before you com­mence a course.


It is impor­tant to under­stand that the APEL process does not award aca­d­e­m­ic cred­it for expe­ri­ence alone, but for learn­ing which can be shown to have been achieved through that expe­ri­ence. Stu­dents are required to pre­pare an indi­vid­ual case for the cred­it aris­ing from their learn­ing expe­ri­ences. This nor­mal­ly means that a stu­dent receives sup­port in the prepa­ra­tion of a port­fo­lio, which evi­dences their claimed exemp­tions for entry. This port­fo­lio of evi­dence is then sub­mit­ted for assess­ment and the pos­si­ble award of aca­d­e­m­ic cred­it. Alter­na­tive meth­ods of assess­ment of evi­dence may be avail­able but needs to be dis­cussed with the Admis­sions team or Course Leader.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Through­out the dura­tion of your course you will be assessed by the fol­low­ing methods:

Year one for part-time stu­dents (Lev­el 5)
100% Course­work

Year two for part-time stu­dents (Lev­el 5)
100% Course­work

We will pro­vide, by the begin­ning of the first week of each semes­ter, a cur­rent mod­ule guide with all the infor­ma­tion you need for each mod­ule, includ­ing details of assess­ment tasks, the dead­lines for these tasks, the required for­mat and any rel­e­vant guidance.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£5,000 in total (you can apply for an Advanced Learn­er Loan of £2,882 over two years leav­ing £1,059 to pay each year)

There may be addi­tion­al costs for this course which are not cov­ered by the tuition fee.

Poten­tial Future Career

After suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of the Diplo­ma in Ther­a­peu­tic Coun­selling, you have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to com­plete the Lev­el 6 of the BA (Hons) Per­son Cen­tered and CBT Coun­selling & Psy­chol­o­gy (Top-up) course to obtain a full hon­ours degree with a fur­ther year of study.

This course qual­i­fies you at prac­ti­tion­er lev­el as a Coun­sel­lor. You could gain employ­ment in the coun­selling field or relat­ed psy­cho­log­i­cal professions.

Course Con­tent

This course is part-time for 2 years.

Option 1: 1 full day a week over two semes­ters per year).

Option 2: 1 after­noon and evening a week on the same day over two semes­ters per year.

You must take mod­ules worth 120 cred­its at each lev­el of the course. Each mod­ule is worth a spec­i­fied num­ber of credits.

Year one for part-time stu­dents (Lev­el 5)

  • Per­son-cen­tred Approach­es to Coun­selling (15 credits)
  • Coun­selling Skills, Devel­op­ment and Prac­tice (15 credits)
  • Com­par­a­tive The­o­ries and Approach­es in Coun­selling (15 credits)
  • Con­tin­u­al Per­son­al Devel­op­ment in Coun­selling (15 credits)

Year two for part-time stu­dents (Lev­el 5)

  • Human Devel­op­ment in Rela­tion to Coun­selling (15 credits)
  • Client work in Ther­a­peu­tic Coun­selling (15 credits)
  • Coun­selling for Loss and Grief (15 credits)
  • Coun­selling Clients who have Expe­ri­enced Abuse (15 credits)

A typ­i­cal 15 cred­it mod­ule is 150 hours which includes 36 hours of tutor led deliv­ery and 114 hours of rec­om­mend­ed inde­pen­dent study. A typ­i­cal 30 cred­it mod­ule is 300 hours which includes 72 hours of tutor led deliv­ery and 228 hours of rec­om­mend­ed inde­pen­dent study. A full-time stu­dent should expect to under­take 30 addi­tion­al hours per week dur­ing term-time.

Work-based Learn­ing

Stu­dents must have the abil­i­ty to secure 100 hours of coun­selling practice.

As the course is timetabled on the same day dur­ing the week when stud­ied part-time, this also gives you the flex­i­bil­i­ty to find a work place­ment, intern­ship or vol­un­teer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ty which will improve your employ­a­bil­i­ty after you grad­u­ate. All stu­dents are encour­aged to iden­ti­fy work expe­ri­ence to aid their career development.




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