AIM Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5

Adult Skills & Training

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This course runs at various times of the year

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Course introduction

Counselling is a fast-growing healthcare sector that provides opportunities for employment across areas such as private practice, working with charities and working for the National Health Service.

This programme is designed for learners whose goal is to achieve professional status in counselling. It may also be appropriate for people working in roles where counselling skills are needed. This could include nursing, teaching, social work, the police and the armed forces.

Importantly, you will learn to practise within an ethical framework while developing an understanding of the value of supervision. You will also undertake research and develop a business plan for establishing, developing and maintaining a private counselling practice.

Course structure

Supervised Practice in Counselling

Counselling Supervision

Professional Standards in Counselling

Setting up Practice

Research in Counselling

Minimum entry requirements

GCSE English - C Grade or equivalent

Level 2 Functional Skills English or equivalent

Level 4 Diploma in Counselling Practice or equivalent (preferably awarded by AIM)

How will I be assessed?

You will learn through lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, group work and regular one-to-ones and tutorials. Reflective sessions will provide further theoretical input, often via group discussion.

Formal assessment will consist of the following:

  • Study of supervised practice.
  • Written assignments.
  • Action plan.
  • Business plan.
  • Research proposal.

Information & support

At this level you should already be a counselling practitioner with sufficient experience to evaluate the effectiveness of theoretical concepts on individual clients.

Please note that your previous qualifications and experience will need to be assessed to determine whether you are able to complete this course within the proposed timeframe.

The minimum hours required for supervised client work will depend on how many hours you have already recorded at Level 4.

Course fees & Duration

This course will last 18 weeks.

There is a tuition fee of £1,417.

You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan if you are aged 19+.

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What can I do with this qualification?

By successfully completing this programme you can progress towards Higher Education.

Career opportunities could include managing counselling services, working as a counsellor within education or becoming a self-employed therapist.

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