CPCAB Level 5 humanistic Diploma in

Psychotherapeutic Counselling

Fee - £1995

We are offering this course on two parallel days,

Tuesdays from 5pm - 21.30pm starting Tuesday Oct 1st 2019

Alternate Saturdays from 9.30am - 4.30pm starting Saturday September 28th 2019

Please indicate on your application form which group you would like to apply for and whether you could do either. Whether we run both groups will depend on the response we get.


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.

Why do this course?

This course is 120 hours 1 year part time course. It will take you from being a counsellor able to work competently within the framework of an agency setting (Level 4), to an independent practitioner with competence to assess and work at depth with more complex presentations of emotional disturbance, mental health issues and trauma. It will also ensure that you operate effective risk assessment and work safely within the legal and ethical boundaries of private practice.

Course Content

This is an Integrative course combining aspects of Humanistic theory to provide a firm framework from which to work at greater depth You will have the opportunity to explore aspects of Self and the Therapeutic Relationship, as well as more specialist areas such as working with children, bodywork and trauma . The course supports each student to develop their own theoretical base and personal style while ensuring that they all work to the same standards in terms of practical, legal and ethical boundaries. As with all our courses, we restrict group sizes to a maximum of 12 to ensure a safe and nourishing learning environment.

Entry requirements

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


We operate a binary system of Pass (Proficient)/Fail (Not Proficient), however we work in relationship with our students to ensure that they stretch their emotional capacity, skills and understanding to continually develop and grow within their chosen profession.

Candidates must be Proficient in both internal assessment by their tutors, and external assessment by CPCAB to achieve the qualification.

Internal assessment:

  • Practical skills observed by tutors.

  • Emotional capacity demonstrated in group work.

  • Candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment requirements assessed by tutors and verified by CPCAB.

External assessment: 

  • externally assessed case review (3,000 –3,500 words).

To apply, please download this application form and submit to the Banbury Counselling Academy