Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

Course Code: A102 Duration: 36 Weeks Attendance: Part Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 13/09/2023 Day: WED Time: 9:30 - 13:30


About the course

Farnborough College of Technology is pleased to offer a one year course leading to a Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (aged 11-18), awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (subject to approval).

CPCAB is an organisational member of the European Association for Counselling and their qualifications are internationally available. The course comprises 120 guided learning hours, the total course hours are 435. The CPCAB website can be accessed on www.cpcab.co.uk

This qualification will enable successful candidates to work as counsellors with this age group in a range of job and career opportunities, which include but are not limited to:

  • A counsellor employed by a School or College
  • A counsellor in an agency or organisation which specialise in counselling children and young people
  • A private counsellor working for an external organisation such as a school, youth club, wellness/mental health setting
  • An ‘adult’ counsellor in independent practice wishing to extend their work to cover this age range
  • A youth worker in the community
  • An outreach worker with adolescents/teenagers

Advanced Learner Loan

If you are aged 19 or over and are starting a course at level 3 to level 6 you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan from the Government which can cover the costs of your tuition fees.

Who is this programme for?

This qualification is for qualified counsellors who have completed CPCAB’s Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TCL4) or equivalent and wish to work with, or further their work with, CYP aged 11-18. This post qualifying qualification is designed to give learners the specialist knowledge, skills and competences to work as counsellors with children and young people aged 11-18.


Tuition £1385

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

Financial Support and Funding

To help with the costs of studying, this course is eligible for:

To check your individual eligibility, please contact us online or telephone 01252 405555.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

Your course

What modules are covered?

  • Work safely, legally and ethically with children and young people (CYP)
  • Facilitate a therapeutic relationship with CYP
  • Understand and work with diversity in relation to CYP
  • Work collaboratively, creatively and flexibly to engage CYP in counselling work
  • . Work with self-awareness as a CYP counsellor
  • Use theory, research and skills to work effectively with CYP
  • Monitor and maintain professional practice and effectiveness as a CYP counsellor

How will I be assessed?

All candidates will need to submit two references, complete a pre-interview task and attend an interview in order to be accepted onto the course.

  • Candidates will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence to meet the criteria and minimum assessment requirements
  • Successfully pass an external assessment which is a case review of between 3,000 and 3,500 words

Your future

What Next?

  • BSc in Therapeutic Counselling (see our website for details)
  • CPCAB Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (TCSU-L6)

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

Applicants need to meet the following criteria to qualify for an offer on the course:

  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (TC-L4) or the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) equivalent (minimum 420 Guided Learning Hours), in addition to appropriate pre-TC-L4 (or equivalent) training.
  • Ability to identify reasons for training beyond just personal development
  • Academically and emotionally able to cope with this level of training
  • Ability to work with difference and diversity
  • Possess personal qualities of imagination, intuition, openness and ability to benefit from self-development
  • Ability to form a therapeutic relationship with a child or young person
  • Have self-awareness, insight, honesty and the ability to make links
  • Emotional stability and the absence of personality disturbance
  • Ability to challenge and be challenged
  • Ability to respond sensitively and empathically to children and young people
  • Ability to work professionally as part of a team


Student Requirements

  • Students need to attend the course on one day a week in term time only from 9am-1pm
  • Students are required to engage with independent study to meet the complete course assignments
  • Each student must complete a minimum of 20 hours of personal counselling undertaken during the duration of the course.
  • Each student will need to complete a minimum of 60 hours formally contracted counselling (one-to-one), with children and young people. The hours are to include client assessment and practice work with at least 4 different clients between the ages of 11-18.
  • Each student will need to arrange for Clinical Supervision: either group or one-to-one supervision – as per the supervision ratio requirements of the candidate’s chosen ethical framework or professional membership association.


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Course Enquiry

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Start Dates

Start Date Mode Day(s) Time Duration
13/09/2023 Part Time WED 9:30 - 13:30 36 Weeks
Start Date 13/09/2023
Mode Part Time
Day(s) WED
Time 9:30 - 13:30
Duration 36 Weeks



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