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Level 5 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Enrol Today And Pay No Course Fees Until December 2021

Study Online For Your Level 5 Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This course will teach you everything you need to know to begin practising cognitive behavioural therapy, including how to identify and understand negative patterns of thought and how to use CBT techniques to alter such patterns.

Meet Important Counselling Standards

We have carefully developed this course to meet the National Occupational Standards for Counselling. This means that, once you have completed it, you will be trained in CBT best practice within a counselling context, ready to embark on your counselling career.

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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today from
only £9.99/mo

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

Key Points

Explore key CBT techniques and principles

Gain the skills to help others better their mental health

Understand how thought patterns affect behaviour and emotions

Complete the course in as little as 6 months

Study in your own time, at your own pace

Achieve a Level 5 certificate in CBT


If you’re interested in understanding how thought patterns influence our behaviour, and how we can alter these to improve mental wellbeing, our Level 5 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course is perfect for you.

Designed in-line with the National Occupational Standards for Counselling to equip you with an in-depth knowledge of cognitive behavioural therapy, the course covers the entire scope of CBT practice.

This includes everything from the initial patient assessment process through to the practical and complementary techniques you need to be a successful CBT practitioner.

Throughout the programme, you will explore how different forms of CBT can be used to treat a variety of mental health issues – from minor emotional difficulties to depression and personality disorders – as well as basic counselling and coaching skills.

You will also complement your core learning with modules on psychotherapy, developmental psychology and stress management to ensure that you’re reading to hit the ground running as soon as you graduate.

Getting Started

learndirect is the UK’s leading distance learning course provider with 20 years’ experience in the industry. We provide the tools you need to study online, and you do the rest.

This means that there’s no need to attend physical classes or be restricted by strict timetables. Everything you require to complete your course is accessible 24/7 via our state-of-the-art, virtual student portal.

You will, therefore, have the freedom to learn wherever and whenever suits you best. Plus, with no term times to abide by, you can start learning from the moment that you enrol with us.

Studying online doesn’t mean that you have to embark on your learning journey alone though. You will receive the academic support you need to succeed from your very own personal tutor. They will be on hand throughout your course to provide advice, guidance and feedback, allowing you to progress in a structured, positive way.

  • What is CBT
  • Levels of change
  • Counselling
  • Counselling 2: Basic Methods and Basic Counselling Skills
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Psychotherapy (psychodynamic methods and history)
  • Humanism
  • Cognitive Behavioural Change (CBT) Part 1
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Part 2
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Part 3
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Practical methods
  • Coaching – Philosophy
  • Coaching – Planning
  • Coaching – Mind Sets
  • Referral and Assessing Seriousness
  • CBT for Depression and Anxiety 1: Working with Minor Emotional issues
  • CBT for Depression and Anxiety 2: Working with more serious Emotional issues
  • CBT for Depression and Anxiety 3: Managing depression, NEAD, Early warning systems, Bi Polar, Personality disorders. Management and cooperation with professionals
  • CBT for relationships
  • Complementary CBT Techniques 1
  • Complementary CBT Techniques 2
  • CBT forms and method for other issues
  • Anger and Stress Management Training
  • Professional Practice

This course does not require any previous experience or qualification to enrol on this course, it is available to all learns who wish to enrol. 

The approximate time required to complete this course is 360 hours.

All the assessments for this course can be done online from the comfort of your own home and in your own time.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 5 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 5 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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Frequently Asked Questions

There is a huge range of benefits to studying via distance education:


We believe distance education is all about convenience and flexibility. You can plan your study around your work or lifestyle commitments, so you’re only studying at times convenient for you.

Plus, you can improve your education without having to attend classes at a physical location. What’s more, with learndirect, you can study when and where you like without the stress of deadlines or time limits and complete your course at your own pace.


We don’t have the same level of high overhead costs (e.g. classrooms and large campuses) as traditional schools, colleges or universities, so we’re able to pass on these savings to you by reducing our course fees.


We offer over 650 home study courses for you to choose from, with an unrivalled selection of quality distance education courses accredited by some of the most respected awarding bodies in the UK.


You have access to a dedicated tutor who is an experienced professional in their field of study. Your tutor is totally committed to helping you succeed and is on hand to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small.

All of your course material is available 24/7, 365 days per year through our world-class learning platform you choose when and where you study!

Yes, all of our courses will come with a certificate once you have completed your training. This certificate will have your name on it, and the title of the training you have completed.

Each course is different, and each has its own time frame, but all of our courses are flexible so you can study in a way the fits you. All of our courses come with an Individual Learner Plan, this will help guide you and keep you on track for success.

Yes, built into your account is a messaging service, where you can send messages between you and your tutor, you can ask questions or talk about your work. You can also message other helpful contacts, like our Student Support Team.

All of our qualifications have different awarding bodies, and depending on the subject, they will meet different criteria depending on the level of the qualification and its content.

We typically use the OFQUAL register to help us benchmark our courses and ensure the education you receive is up to the relevant industry standards. If you would like to check a specific qualification, please contact one of our helpful advisers by calling 01202 006 464.

We have several options including 0% payment options, and options with very small deposits. Each course has different options, if you would like to discuss these options or a quote for a course, you can reach a member of the team by calling 01202 006 464.

If you make a mistake or get something wrong, there is no need to worry. Many of our courses allow you to retake units that may not have gone to plan. You will receive full support and guidance from your tutor before reworking a unit and submitting again, and you can do this without any additional cost.

As soon as you submit a piece of work your tutor is notified. This allows us to identify that you have work which requires their attention. While your tutor is marking your work you can move on to the next unit or section of your course so there are never any delays in your learning. Typically, with most of our courses, marking work takes less than 5 days depending on the size of the submitted item.

No, the price agreed when you start your course is all you pay. We ensure there are no hidden or additional unnecessary fees for your education.

Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.

Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

We encourage and welcome international students to join our learning community.

All of our courses are specifically designed to be delivered via distance education and home study, so you can complete your course from anywhere in the world. Some courses relate specifically to UK practice and legislation and in these cases all work must be presented accordingly. There will be no need for you to attend any physical location like a test centre or campus, unless your course has a 'practical' element to it.

Unlike traditional schools, colleges or universities there are no terms, semesters, or specified intake dates for our uniquely flexible distance education courses. Our system of continuous enrolment means that our students can enrol on any day and at any time of the year. This allows our students the freedom to plan their studies to fit in with their lifestyle or work commitments.

You can enrol easily and quickly by clicking on the ‘Enrol Now’ button on your preferred course’s page on our website. Simply complete the secure online registration form and we will do the rest. If you’d prefer to call us to enrol, please call 01202 006 464.

Our world-class learning platform is easy to use and presented in a simple to understand format. Once you’ve logged on you’ll be able to see your course, your content and how to complete your assignments. Everything you need is available through your personal learner portal.