The AIM Qualifications Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling provides a step onwards from our Level 4 and supports you to achieve a professional status in counselling. It may also be appropriate for those working in roles where counselling skills are needed such as social work or the voluntary sector.
This course covers five mandatory units that will support you to critically evaluate your practice, develop your research skills and evaluate the practice of counselling. The development of a business plan as part of the mandatory unit will also support you to become an independent self-employed practitioner if you did not chose to work within an organisation.
The five mandatory units are:
You will continue to work within an ethical framework such as BACP or NCS. You will be required to have completed 100 hours of supervised practice in an approved placement or professional setting. The placement requirement in this qualification is essential to the personal and professional development of the practitioner and although we can support you with looking for a placement, you will be selected on your own merits by the provider.
Teaching and Assessment
This qualification is assessed through a combination of externally assessed assignments throughout the year including a study of supervised practice, two essays, an action plan, a research proposal and a business plan. Most units have a single assessment to be completed and there are no external exams.
On successful completion of the Level 5 Diploma you will be able to access suitable Level 6 top-up degree programmes or develop your professionalism further in your current practice.