Key Facts

Course Title: Part-Time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Course type: Three year part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, comprising Professional Counselling Training Route
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: Psychology

Overview

Please note that we are now operating a waiting list for applications for this programme; we would encourage you to submit your application without delay, but please be aware that we will not be in a position to offer you a place on the programme unless offers that have already been made are not taken up.

Following the previous notice that the structure of this course is being refreshed, we are happy to confirm that the course structure has not been changed for September 2017 intake. 

Keele University was 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 MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a part-time vocational training programme which builds up over three years. In Year One students complete a Certificate in Counselling, in Year Two a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and in Year Three the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Successful completion of each academic year enables either progression onto the next year or an opportunity to exit with the completed qualification.

Upon successful completion of the first two years of the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, students can exit with the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is accredited by the BACP as a route of professional counsellor training. 

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 the Counselling Professions, 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. The programme starts at Certificate level, to enable students from a range of professional backgrounds to access the MSc programme, without a requirement for traditional academic backgrounds.

Year One

The first year of the course provides an introduction to person-centred counselling theory and practice. By the end of the first year, students should have gained competencies in a wide range of professional knowledge, skills and self-development relevant to counselling practice.

Year Two

The second year builds upon learning from the first year, 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 Year 2 of the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Some students may choose to complete their studies at the end of year 2 to gain a BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Professional Counselling Training Route). 

Year Three

The third and final year of the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy 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-management skills, communication and interpersonal skills.

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.

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 6.5 in each sub-set (or equivalent). However, the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy/ 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 be required to complete an initial online application form including a personal statement. Once the application has been received, if the applicant meets the entry requirements for the programme, they will be sent a set of criteria questions to fill out. If the responses to these questions are satisfactory, and there are places available, the applicant will either be offered a conditional or unconditional place, depending on references and other conditions that might need to be met.  Alternatively, the applicant may need to attend an interview with two members of the core counselling team who teach on the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy programme at Keele University.

Course Content

Year One

During this first year, students are required to complete two 30 credit modules (60 credits at level 6), both of which must be passed. 

The modules for the Certificate are:

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

The programme begins with compulsory attendance at a residential weekend, in September 2017, and attendance at the annual counselling conference (likely to be held in April 2018) is also compulsory.

The attendance requirement for this year is 90%.

Throughout the year, students have tutor-led training in counselling skills and will be engaged in counselling skills practice with peers. 

Students must also undertake a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy, and are required to arrange and, almost certainly, pay for these themselves.


Year Two

During the second year of the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, students are required to take four 30-credit taught modules (120 credits at Level 7), and all modules must be passed. 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 digital 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, which will require a minimum of 14 hours of counselling supervision, and have a minimum of a further 20 hours of personal therapy during this year.

Students may have to pay for their own counselling supervision and will, almost certainly, have to pay for their 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 completion of the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy or the September of the year following an exit after achieving the Postgraduate Diploma (if relevant). The award is withheld until this requirement is met.

Year Two begins with compulsory attendance at a residential weekend, in September, and a two week full-time induction. Attendance at the annual counselling conference (likely to be held in April or May) is also compulsory.

The attendance requirement for this year is 90%.


Year Three

The third year of the course comprises of two modules.

The Research Methods Module (15 credits) helps students to establish their research interests and create an appropriate design for their study. It is assessed on the basis of a 3,000 word written assignment, 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 no more than 20,000 words on a topic related to counselling and psychotherapy which is of interest to the student.

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 of the part-time MSc programme, all modules are assessed on the basis of coursework. The pass mark for all modules in the first year (Level 6) is 40%. and in the second and third years (Level 7) the passmark is 50%.

Additional Costs

In the first year, students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in the second year a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy, 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 the second year, 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 weekends, in years one and two. Refreshments and lunches are provided for the students free of charge during the weekends 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.

  • Three year part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • It is possible, after successful completion of Years 1 and 2, to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which is a BACP accredited programme of professional counsellor training.

Use this link for Tuition fees

If you are offered a place on our programme, please email your acceptance as requested and ensure a non-returnable advance deposit payment of £200.00 is made, as we can only hold your place for a limited time. 

Payment can be made online, via the link below: http://www.keele.ac.uk/finance/income/paymentmethods/onlinepayments/ or by cheque, made payable to Keele University, post to Bev Davies, Counselling Administrator, School of Psychology, Dorothy Hodgkin Building, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, within two weeks of receiving the offer by e-mail. 

If you accept the offer and make the advance payment in time, then joining information will be sent to you before the course begins.

Please be aware that additional costs are accrued for individual supervision hours and counselling hours – please see details under Course Content and Additional Costs.

There are a number of bursaries on offer to both home and overseas postgraduate students. Please see the following pages for details and eligibility:

Please note that the following details are based on the programme as it is currently run, so we cannot guarantee that the programme will be run on the same days, with the same timings, as is currently the case, in future years.

Year One

Teaching Day:

Tuesday

Teaching hours:

12:30pm - 5:00pm

Residential Weekend (compulsory) :

Saturday 16th September to Sunday 17th September 2017

Non-Residential Conference (compulsory):

Likely to be April 2018 (Date to be confirmed)

Counselling Term Dates:  

Please note that some of the following dates are subject to confirmation:

  • Autumn semester: Saturday, 16th September 2017 to Friday, 19th January 2018
  • Study Week: Monday, 23rd to Friday, 29th October 2017; to be confirmed
  • Christmas Vacation: Saturday, 16th December 2017 to Friday 5th January 2018
  • Teaching begins again Tuesday 9th January 2018
  • Spring semester: Commencing Monday, 22nd January 2018 - ending Friday 15th June 2018
  • Study Week: Monday, 19th February to Friday, 23rd February 2018 - to be confirmed
  • Easter Vacation: Saturday 24th March - Friday 20th April 2018
  • Teaching begins again Tuesday 24th April 2018
  • Teaching ends Tuesday 12th June 2018

 

Year 2

Teaching Day:

Wednesday

Teaching hours:

9:00 am – 4:30 p.m

Residential Weekend

(compulsory)

A full Saturday and Sunday, usually mid-September

The residential weekend is usually followed by two weeks intensive full-time teaching  (compulsory), with attendance required Tuesday to Friday inclusive during both weeks.

Non-Residential Conference (compulsory):

Likely to be April or May 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Counselling Term Dates:  

Likely to be the same dates, adjusted for the year, as apply to the Certificate 2017/2018.

 

Year 3 

Teaching Day:                             

Every Thursday for Semester 1

Four Thursdays in Semester 2, plus individual dissertation supervision meetings, to be arranged with dissertation supervisor.

Teaching hours:

12 noon to 5 p.m

Counselling Term Dates:  

Likely to be the same dates, adjusted for the year, as apply to the Certificate 2017/2018.

 

  • What qualifications are needed to apply for the Part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy?
    Traditional academic qualifications are not a necessary requirement to enter the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 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 a criteria questionnaire will be sent to you by email which should be completed and returned within 5 working days of receipt. Occasionally we do invite applicants to attend an interview.
  • Is there a submission deadline for applications?
    We are now operating a waiting list for this programme. However, we would recommend that you submit your application for the programme as early as possible. We will advise on this webpage if we are closing applications, so do apply if there is no notice to that effect.
  • How soon will I know if I will be offered a place?
    We endeavour to turn applications round fairly promptly, so we would hope that your application would be screened for eligibility within a few weeks of receipt and that you would then, if deemed eligibile, be sent the criteria questionnaire to complete and return. As we are operating a waiting list, it may be some time before you would know whether or not you could be offered a place for 2017.

        If you are offered a place on our programme, please email your acceptance as requested and ensure a non-returnable advance deposit payment of £200.00 is made, as we can only hold your place for a limited time. 

        Payment can be made online, via the link below: http://www.keele.ac.uk/finance/income/paymentmethods/onlinepayments/ or by cheque, made payable to Keele University, post to Bev  Davies, Counselling Administrator, School of Psychology, Dorothy Hodgkin Building, Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, within two weeks of receiving the offer by e-mail. 

        If you accept the offer and make the advance payment in time, then joining information will be sent to you before the course begins.

  • Can I exit the programme after one year of study and, if so, what qualification will I be awarded?
  • Students can exit from the course on successful completion one year of study and will be awarded the Certificate in Counselling (not BACP accredited).
  • What are the teaching hours of the course and approximately how much private study time per week should be allowed for each year?
    The MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy begins with a compulsory residential weekend.
    Teaching in the first year is on a Tuesday afternoon 12.30pm to 5pm and we recommend a minimum of a further half day private study per week.
    If the programme continues to be taught in the same way as usual, which cannot be guaranteed, Year 2 begins with a further compulsory residential weekend, and then continues with an intensive fortnight of teaching 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday in both weeks, after which teaching is on a Wednesday 9am to 4:30pm. We recommend a further minimum of one day private study per week, in addition to the time needed to complete personal therapy hours, placement hours and supervision. (See Course Content tab).
    Applicants should note that, in both the first and second year, 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.
    Students in both the year one and year two attend a compulsory non-residential weekend conference, usually held in April or May.
  • Is there a placement element within the course?
    There is no placement element in the first year. However, 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 the first year, students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in the second year, a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy 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 the second year, 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 weekends. 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 Support - Money Advice and Guidance, details of which can be found on the following link http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding to enquire about any funding.