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CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory

This qualification is for candidates who are already working as counselling practitioners and who want to develop their skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and use these skills as an integral part of their work.

32 Weeks
Level 5
Part-Time Study

Campus: Newtownards

Course Code: 72052

Duration: 31 to 32 Weeks

Level: 5

Type: Part-Time

Course Structure
The qualification is awarded by CPCAB Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.  This qualification comprises one unit T/600/9985 Working as a Counsellor using the CBT approach which has seven learning outcomes and associated eassessment criteria (internally assessed).  For the External Assessment candidates will write a structured case review.
Candidates are required to undertake a minimum of 30 hours of one-to-one client work with at least three clients using the CBT approach, although it is recognised that they may also be working with other approaches in their client work setting.
In addition candidates are required to have external supervision of their counselling work (which may or may not be all within a CBT framework) in accordance with BACP or BABCP minimum requirements.
Candidates are expected to be working with clients within a professional framework in order to apply their learning on this course and to meet the assessment requirements.

Accreditation of prior learning is a process by which you may be awarded credits for learning that you have gained in the past and which is relevant to the course to which you have applied.  It may be certificated or experiential learning. 

Please contact the Counselling course co-ordinator, Paul Casey at or School Support Officer, Lisa Lennon at if you require any further information


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CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
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Day: Tuesday
Time: 17:00-21:00



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Contact Hours
Candidates must have completed the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or their RPL (prior learning) equivalent.  They must be a practicing counsellor. 

Candidates should be a member of BACP or BABCP.  Entry to the course is subject to interview.


Entry Requirements
Should the prospective student already have obtained the CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, this Level 5 course can be combined with several Open University modules and result in the awarding of an Open University Foundation Degree in Counselling.
How will I be assessed and given feedback?
Currently the NHS are required to provide CBT counselling in primary care.  Accordingly, it is advisable that counsellors consider training in CBT skills.
Where will it take me?
Internal and external assessment based assignment based.
* Tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment requirements.
* Two internally assessed assignments (3000, 3500)
* One externally assessed Case Review (3000, 3500)


Qualification structure

This Qualification is made up of one mandatory unit which has seven learning outcomes:

  1. Work safely, legally and ethically as a counsellor using the CBT approach.
  2. Use the CBT framework to structure the therapeutic relationship.
  3. Integrate understanding of diversity in CBT work.
  4. Use a coherent CBT approach to work with individual clients and their needs.
  5. Work with self awareness as a counsellor using the CBT approach.
  6. Use CBT theory, research and techniques coherently within counselling work
  7. Monitor and maintain professional effectiveness as a counsellor using the CBT approach.
Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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