Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People in Schools

Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People in Schools

Shadow one of Place2Be’s mental health professionals and learn how we support wellbeing across the whole school. 

Coronavirus update

Whilst we continue to monitor government guidelines on coronavirus, we hope to be able to resume courses in the coming months. We have now re-opened some courses for application.

Please note that all posted dates will be subject to change in line with government guidance and the response to the pandemic. When we resume, all courses will be capped at a smaller number, and will be risk assessed to ensure that we remain compliant with social distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of students and tutors.

If you signed up to a delayed course, we will be in touch via email with a specific update about your course. Please look out for this email.

We appreciate your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Conversion course: Level 5 Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People in Schools

Place2Be’s Level 5 Certificate is an opportunity to observe and understand the work that goes into running a counselling service in a school. Applications are currently closed - please register your interest by emailing Qualify@Place2Be.org.uk

Course details

What it covers:

  • Developing skills and knowledge to work safely and ethically as a child counsellor in institutional settings
  • Shadowing a mental health professional and observing a range of activities associated with a school counsellor and supervisor role, including parent work, multi-agency work, assessment and formulation, safeguarding, diversity and ethical practice
  • Learning and applying child and adolescent development and a systemic approach.

Useful for those who want to:

  • Consolidate their learning from Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate
  • Develop their understanding and skills for supporting children's mental health from a systemic perspective.

Course structure:

  • 50 hours of counselling practice through a supervised and assessed placement in a Place2Be school
  • Nine days of specialist training (60 hours)
  • Three essays: a case study (2,500 words), working as a counsellor in the school system (2,500 words) and a case review (3,000 words)
  • Additional reading assignments, placement review, placement activities checklist and an ongoing reflective journal.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Have completed Place2Be’s Level 4 Certificate
  • Have been accepted on a Counselling Placement with Place2Be (and remain on your placement throughout the course)
  • Provide reference from Place2Be Level 4 Certificate tutor
  • Have received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Be willing to be playful and creative
  • Be self-reflective and committed to self-development.


  • Accredited and awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). Includes 50 ‘guided learning’ hours.

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Payment information

The Level 5 Certificate is currently offered at £900 (this includes your £130 CPCAB registration fee). Payment will be required only if offered a place to study.

Find out more

Get in touch using our enquiries form or call us on 020 7923 5558.


Safe learning environments

Read Place2Be's guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19).



Young people in the playground

The systemic elements of the course dovetail particularly well with the realities of working in a school environment.

Dave, Level 5 participant