Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (PC-L5)

At a glance information

Qualification Number 500/8386/7
Guided Learning Hours 120 hours
Total Qualification Time 458 hours
Credit value 46
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 designed to give learners the knowledge, skills and competencies to work as self-employed counsellors in independent practice. It also equips learners to take on a senior counselling role in an organisational context where client assessment, referral and routine evaluation are part of the role.

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.

Where to study

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Key documents

Candidate Guide Criteria Assessment sheet Tutor Guide Specification