Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory (CBT-L5)

At a glance information
Qualification Number 500/8460/4
Guided Learning Hours 120 hours
Total Qualification Time 388 hours
Credit value 39
Minimum age 19 years


Successful learners may progress onto the Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling or the Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision provided they have acquired at least one year's part-time post PC-L5 supervised client work.


This qualification is intended for candidates who want to develop CBT skills and theory as an integral part of their professional counselling work.

It is designed to enhance the employability of counsellors in organisational settings and as independent practitioners by giving them a solid grounding in CBT skills and theory. CBT is one of the NICE recommended psychological therapies and counsellors with CBT skills are often favoured above those without in multidisciplinary psychological therapy teams especially the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) teams.

Entry requirements

You must have obtained our Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or its equivalent.

Read section 5 of the Specification for further information.


The qualification is eligible in England for Advanced Learner Loans (19+).

Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).

For more detailed see funding information.

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Key documents

Candidate Guide Criteria Assessment sheet Tutor Guide Specification