Key Facts

Course Title: Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route
Course type: Certificate in Counselling (Year One), Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (Year Two), MSc Counselling Psychology (Year Three), total duration 36 months
Mode of Study:Part Time
Contact Details:Bev Davies
Contact email:b.davies@keele.ac.uk
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Subject Area: Business and Management

Overview

Please note that the structure of this course is being refreshed. Applicants will be informed of any changes.

Keele University is one of the first Higher Education Institutions to offer counsellor training in the UK and has been delivering high quality training programmes since the early 1970s.

The BACP accredited Professional Counselling Training Route/part-time MSc in Counselling Psychology is a part-time vocational training programme which builds up over three years. In Year One students complete the Certificate in Counselling and in Year Two the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling.  In Year Three students undertake the MSc research studies year. Successful completion of each academic year enables either progression onto the next year or an opportunity to exit with the completed qualification.

The first two years of the part-time MSc Counselling Psychology (The Professional Counselling Training Route) are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a route of professional counsellor training. Candidates for accreditation must note that they will also have to meet all other criteria in line with BACP accreditation procedures.

Training Philosophy

This part-time professional counselling training route is founded on a person-centred view of personhood and person-centred ways of being. In this we view the relationship in counselling as central, and support Rogers’ belief in the ‘self-therapeutic capacity and wisdom of clients’. However, we also take a strong ‘anti-schoolism’ stance which reflects our sincere respect for other, non-person-centred practices and practitioners. Our starting point for the Keele Counselling Model is thus a unifying ethos which enables us to respect and welcome a diversity of professional skills and orientations.

The centrality of a secure and constantly reviewed ethical position, based on the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, is presented to the programme members as a major personal responsibility.

Aims of the Course

The programme as a whole aims to equip students with the knowledge and expertise to support their work as professional person centred/ humanistic counsellors. It aims to integrate students’ counselling skills practice with academic study at each training level and to facilitate student learning in the three areas of counselling practice: counselling skills, counselling related theory and self-development. The principles underpinning the programme are empowerment, holistic development, relationships and community.

Year One: The Certificate in Counselling

This programme is an introduction to person-centred counselling theory and practice. It is suitable for individuals from a range of professional backgrounds who wish to improve their communication skills or begin training as a professional counsellor. The Certificate is an entry route onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology for those without traditional academic qualifications. On completion of the Certificate in Counselling students should have gained competencies in a wide range of professional knowledge, skills and self-development relevant to counselling practice.

Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology

This year follows on from the Certificate in Counselling and offers professional training in counselling practice, theory and self-development. It is based on a person centred/humanistic philosophy with person-centred practice. Students are expected to undertake one hundred hours of supervised counselling practice placement. Applicants must have successfully completed the Certificate in Counselling at Keele University to access training in Year Two.
It is expected that students will progress to Year 2 in September of the year in which they complete the Certificate and, as long as they meet the requirements for progression, they are guaranteed a place on the Year 2 course starting in that September.  Students may defer the commencement of Year 2 but, in this case, they would have to apply for a place and cannot be guaranteed a place in the academic year in which they wish to resume their studies.
Years 1 and 2 of the programme together constitute a BACP accredited training course. However, any other exit awards, e.g. completion of the Certificate in Counselling alone, or a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology Studies, which would not include the 100 hours of supervised counselling practice on placement, would not constitute a BACP accredited training course.

Year Three: MSc Counselling Psychology

Year three of the part-time MSc Counselling Psychology places a particular emphasis on developing the counselling practitioner’s own research interests, including a research based dissertation.

Entry Requirements

Traditional academic qualifications are not a necessary requirement to enter the professional counsellor training route at year one. The programme is open to applicants that show appropriate commitment and motivation to participate in a programme that combines experiential learning and academic study.

In line with the requirements of BACP, applicants also need to demonstrate the following attributes: self awareness, maturity and stability; ability to make use of and reflect upon life experience; capacity to cope with the emotional demands of the course; ability to cope with the intellectual and academic requirements; ability to form a helping relationship; ability to be self-critical and use both positive and negative feedback; awareness of the nature of prejudice and oppression; awareness of the nature of difference and equality; ability to recognise the need for personal and professional support; competence in or the aptitude to develop generic personal skills, including: literacy, numeracy, information technology, administrative skills, self-managements skills, communication and interpersonal skills.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must have an overall IELTS score of at least 7.0 with a score of at least 6.0 in each sub-set (or equivalent). However, the Certificate in Counselling / Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route is not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa who can, therefore, only be considered for the full-time programme. International students who do not need a visa or who have a different immigration category which permits them to study part-time can be considered for the part-time programme.

Applicants will need to address these points in their personal statements in the application form and in response to the criteria questions to be completed as part of the application process.

The application deadline for the Certificate in Counselling/Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route is 21st February 2016. Applications received after this date may be considered but this is at the discretion of the School, dependent on whether there are vacancies.
Please note that, for the Certificate in Counselling/Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route, the School operates a ‘gathered field’ approach. This means that all applications received by the published deadline will be considered together and equally assessed. Therefore, this will mean that applicants will not be sent a decision until after the published deadline date above but we would hope to have informed all applicants by no later than one month after the deadline.”

Applicants will be required to initially complete an online application form including a personal statement. Once the application has been received applicants will be sent a list of criteria questions to fill out. If the responses to these questions are satisfactory the applicant will either be offered a conditional or unconditional place depending on references and other conditions that might need to be met (e.g. the completion of required qualifications). However, if the responses to the questions are not satisfactory applicants may be called for an interview with two members of the core counselling team who teach on the MSc Counselling Psychology programme at Keele University.

For direct entry into Year Three (the MSc Research Year) applicants require an equivalent Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. 

Course Content

Year One: The Certificate in Counselling

The Certificate course runs over one academic year and students are required to complete two 30 credit modules (60 credits at level 6). Both modules must be passed for the Certificate in Counselling to be awarded.  Progression onto Year Two of the Professional Counselling Training Route is dependent upon the successful completion of all Year One modules and is also subject to tutor recommendation.

The modules for the Certificate are:

•    Core Counselling Competencies (30 credits)
•    Personal Development and Professional Issues (30 credits)

Throughout the Certificate course students have tutor led training in counselling skills and will be engaged in counselling skills practice with peers. A counselling placement is not required for Year One of this training and students are not permitted to go out into placement until Year Two, subject to tutor assessment of the student’s counselling skills and competencies.

Year Two: The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

The course runs over one academic year.  All students are required to take four 30-credit taught modules (120 credits at Level 7), and all modules must be passed for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling to be awarded. The taught modules are:

•    Exploration in counselling (30 credits)
•    Understanding in counselling (30 credits)
•    Integration in counselling (30 credits)
•    Practicum (30 credits)

In addition, all students have tutor led training in the practical skills of counselling, as well as access to DVD recording equipment for counselling practice with peers and for the production of case material for critical skills analysis.

Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice and have a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy in Year 1 and 20 hours of personal therapy in Year 2 (Subject to approval by Senate). Students may have to pay for their own counselling supervision and personal therapy and are required to arrange these for themselves. However, our Placement Officer will be happy to help and advise students with this. Some students find it difficult to complete their 100 hours of counselling within the academic year but are entitled to continue with this requirement until the September after the taught element of the programme is completed. The award is withheld until this requirement is met.

The programme begins with compulsory attendance at a residential weekend and a two week full-time induction. Attendance at the annual counselling conference is also compulsory.

Attendance requirement for the Part-Time, Professional Counselling Training Route is 90%.


Year Three: MSc Counselling Psychology

Students who successfully complete the Professional Counselling Training Route may proceed to the Masters year which comprises of two modules.

The Research Methods Module (15 credits) helps students through presentations and seminars to establish their research interests and create an appropriate design for their study. It is assessed on the basis of a 3,000 word essay in which the student must demonstrate knowledge of research principles, theories and methods. The Dissertation module (60 credits) requires the writing of a dissertation of not less than 15,000 words and no more than 20,000 words on a topic related to counselling psychology which is of interest to the student.

Further information about the programme commencing September 2016 can be found by reading the Programme Specification

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, large group work, community meetings, tutorials and small group work. Students are encouraged to engage in experiential as well as academic learning methods.

Assessment

With the exception of a multiple-choice questionnaire classroom test in Year 2, all modules are assessed on the basis of coursework. The pass mark for all modules in Year 1 (Level 6) is 40% and, in Year 2 (Level 7), is 50%.

Additional Costs

In year 1 students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in year 2 a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy (Subject to approval by Senate) to complete the course and payment for this is the responsibility of the students. As a guide, costs for this on average are £35 per hour.

When completing the 100 hour placement requirement in Year 2, students also have to undertake a minimum of 14 hours of supervision for which there may also be a charge. Again, as a guide, costs for this are on average £35 per hour.
Parking is also an additional cost for students who wish to use their cars on campus. Details of student parking permits are sent out with the pre-enrolment information.

Students should also be aware that possible additional costs may be incurred when attending the compulsory non-residential Conference weekend. Refreshments and lunches are provided for the students free of charge during the weekend but there will be an additional cost should students wish to attend the Saturday evening Conference dinner and also if wishing to book local accommodation.

  • Year 1 Certificate in Counselling
  • Year 2 Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
  • Year 3 MSc in Counselling Psychology

Use this link for Tuition fees

A non-refundable deposit is required on acceptance of an offer made and should be sent to the Postgraduate Office. (Please contact the School for application closing date)

Please be aware that additional costs are accrued for individual supervision hours and counselling hours – please see details under course content.

 

There are a number of bursaries on offer to both home and overseas postgraduate students. Please see this page for details and eligibility.

Year One: Certificate in Counselling

Teaching Day:

Tuesday

Teaching hours:

12:30pm - 5:00pm

Residential Weekend (compulsory) :

Saturday 17th September to Sunday 18th September 2016

Non-Residential Conference (compulsory):

May 2017 (Date to be confirmed)

Counselling Term Dates:  

Autumn Semester: Saturday 17th September 2016 to  Friday 20th January 2017

Study Week: Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2016

Christmas Vacation: Saturday 17th December 2016 to Monday 2nd January 2017

Spring Semester: Monday 23rd January 2017 to Friday 16th June  2017

Study Week: Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February 2017

Easter Vacation: Saturday 1st April to Monday 1st May 2017

 

Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling

Teaching Day:

Wednesday

Teaching hours:

9:00 am – 5:00 p.m

Residential Weekend

(compulsory)

Saturday 17th September to Sunday 18th September 2016

The residential weekend is followed by two weeks intensive full-time teaching  (compulsory)

Tuesday 20th September - Friday 23rd September 2016
Tuesday 27th September - Friday 30th September 2016

Non-Residential Conference (compulsory):

May 2017 (date to be confirmed)

Counselling Term Dates:  

Autumn semester: Saturday 17th September 2016 to Friday 20th January 2017

Study Week: Monday 24th to Friday 28th October 2016

Christmas Vacation: Saturday 17th December 2016 to Monday 2nd January 2017

Spring semester: Monday 23rd January 2017 to Friday 16th June 2017

Study Week: Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February 2017

Easter Vacation: Saturday 1st April to Monday 1st May 2017

  • What qualifications are needed to apply for the Professional Counselling Training Route?
    Traditional academic qualifications are not a necessary requirement to enter the Professional Counselling Training Route at year one. The programme is open to applicants that show appropriate commitment and motivation to participate in a programme that combines experiential learning and academic study.
  • How do I apply and will I need to attend an interview?
    Applications are made online. Once your application is received by the School an interview questionnaire will be sent to you by email which should be completed and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Occasionally we do invite applicants to attend an interview.
  • Is there a submission deadline for applications?
    The application deadline for the Certificate in Counselling/Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route is 21st February 2016. Applications received after this date may be considered but this is at the discretion of the School, dependent on whether there are vacancies.
  • How soon will I know if I will be offered a place?
    The School operates a ‘gathered field’ approach for the Certificate in Counselling/Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route. This means that all applications received by the published deadline will be considered together and equally assessed.  Therefore, this will mean that applicants will not be sent a decision until after the published deadline date above but we would hope to have informed all applicants by no later than one month after the deadline. If successful, applicants will receive their offer by email from Admissions along with additional information from the School. Applicants are asked to accept their place by emailing Admissions within 2 weeks of receiving the offer and are also asked to forward a £200 deposit to the School to reserve their place on the course.
  • Do you accept applications for direct entry into year 2?
    No, We no longer accept applications for direct entry into year 2.  All students must now begin the professional counselling training route in year 1.
  • Can I exit the course after the first year and if so what qualification will I be awarded?
    Students can exit from the course on successful completion of year 1 and will be awarded the Certificate in Counselling.
  • What are the teaching hours of the course and approximately how much private study time per week should be allowed for each year?
    Both years 1 and 2 begin with a compulsory residential weekend.
    Year 1 then continues with teaching on a Tuesday afternoon 12.30pm to 5pm and we recommend a minimum of a further half day private study per week.
    Year 2 continues with an intensive fortnight of teaching 9am to 5pm after which teaching is on a Wednesday 9am to 5pm. We recommend a further minimum one day private study per week, in addition to the time needed to complete personal therapy hours. (See Course Content tab).
    Applicants should note that, in both Year 1 (Certificate) and Year 2 (Post-Graduate Diploma), they will need to find time, outside of the course hours,  in which to carry out practice skills, at Keele, with peers from the course and in which to make recordings of those practice sessions. It is envisaged that, perhaps, one hour per week would be devoted to this.
    Both years 1 and 2 will attend a compulsory non-residential weekend conference later in the year.
  • Is there a placement element within the course?
    In year 2, students have to complete a minimum of 100 placement hours at an outside organisation along with a minimum of 14 hours of supervision.
  • Are there any additional costs apart from the fees?
    In year 1 students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in year 2 a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy (Subject to approval by Senate) to complete the course and payment for this is the responsibility of the students. As a guide, costs for this on average are £35-£45 per hour.
    When completing the 100 hour placement requirement in Year 2, students also have to undertake a minimum of 14 hours of supervision for which there may also be a charge. Again, as a guide, costs for this are on average £35-£45 per hour.
    Parking is also an additional cost for students who wish to use their cars on campus. Details of student parking permits are sent out with the pre-enrolment information.
    Students should also be aware that possible additional costs may be incurred when attending the compulsory non-residential Conference weekend. Refreshments and lunches are provided for the students free of charge during the weekend but there will be an additional cost should students wish to attend the Saturday evening Conference dinner and also if wishing to book local accommodation.
  • Is there any funding available to help with the fees?
    Applicants can contact Student Financial Support, details of which can be found on the following link http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/ to enquire about any funding.