Key Facts

Course Title: Graduate Certificate in Counselling / Part-Time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Graduate Certificate and Year 1 of MSc constitute Part-time Professional Counselling Training Route (Subject to Validation by the University)
Course type: Graduate Certificate in Counselling - one year. Progression onto two year part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Exit after Year 1 of part-time MSc possible, with Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Exit after three years of study with MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy 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: Psychology

Overview

Please note that this course and part-time professional counsellor training route has been restructured, to make it eligible for a post-graduate student loan.

What was previously a part-time, 3 year Masters programme in Counselling Psychology will become, starting in September 2017, the Graduate Certificate in Counselling, followed by the two year part-time MSc in Counselling and Pychotherapy, pending validation by the University.

It is the two year part-time MSc that will be eligible for a student loan application, and the name of the MSc has been changed to better reflect the programme's accreditation by the BACP (British Assocation for Counselling and Psychotherapy), which it is hoped will be maintained, following the restructuring.

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 Graduate Certificate in Counselling and the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a part-time vocational training programme which builds up over three years. In Year One students complete the Graduate Certificate in Counselling and in Years Two and Three the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Year 1 of the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, students can exit with the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. In Year Two of of the MSc, 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 previous part-time professional training route structure was accredited by the BACP (British Assocation for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and it is hoped that, following the restructuring and validation by the University, the BACP will continue to accredit the combination of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Year 1 of the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, as a route of professional counsellor training. The accreditation status of the restructured programme is currently under consideration by BACP and it is hoped that we will be in a position to inform applicants of the outcome of this consideration within a few months. 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 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.

Graduate Certificate in Counselling - one year part-time

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 Graduate Certificate is an entry route onto the two year part-time Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy for those without traditional academic qualifications. On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling, students should have gained competencies in a wide range of professional knowledge, skills and self-development relevant to counselling practice.

Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy - two years part-time

Year 1 of this course follows on from the Graduate 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 Graduate Certificate in Counselling at Keele University to access the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

It is expected that students will progress to Year 1 of the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy in September of the year in which they complete the Graduate Certificate and, as long as they meet the requirements for progression, they are guaranteed a place on the MSc course starting in that September.  Students may defer the commencement of the MSc 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.

The Graduate Certificate and Year 1 of the MSc in Counselling Psychology replace the previously BACP accredited combination of Years 1 and 2 of the Part-time Professional Counselling Training Route. We are in the process of applying to BACP for continued accreditation of this route, following the programme restructuring which is necessary in order to make the course eligible for a post-graduate student loan. We very much hope that the outcome of this application will be positive, and hope to be in a position to confirm this within the next few months.

It should be noted that, if we are successful in maintaining BACP accreditation for the part-time programme, any other exit awards, e.g. completion of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling alone, or a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies, which would not include the 100 hours of supervised counselling practice on placement, would not constitute a BACP accredited training course.

Year Two of part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy

Year two of the part-time 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 Graduate Certificate in Counselling. 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.

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 Graduate 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 be required to initially complete an 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, 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 Graduate Certificate in Counselling / MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy programme at Keele University.

Course Content

Graduate Certificate in Counselling

The Graduate 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 Graduate Certificate in Counselling to be awarded.  Progression onto Year 1 of the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which constitutes 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)

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 May 2018) is also compulsory.

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

Throughout the Graduate 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 the Graduate Certificate, and students are not permitted to go out into placement until Year One of the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy/ Year Two of the Professional Counselling Training Route, subject to tutor assessment of the student’s counselling skills and competencies.

Students must also undertake a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy, in order to complete the Graduate Certificate programme, and are required to arrange and, almost certainly, pay for these themselves.


Year One of part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy

In Year 1 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 for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy 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 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 in Year 1 of the part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy / Year 2 of the Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route.

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 two year part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy or the September of the year following an exit after year one of the MSc. The award is withheld until this requirement is met.

The programme 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 May) is also compulsory.

The attendance requirement for Year 1 of the part-time MSc/ Part-Time, Professional Counselling Training Route is 90%.


Year Two of part-time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy  

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Year 1 of the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which constitute the Part-Time Professional Counselling Training Route, may proceed to Year Two of the part-time MSc, 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 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.

Detailed information about the programme commencing September 2017 will be available once the programme has been validated by the University

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

Additional Costs

In the Graduate Certificate year, students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in Year 1 of the part-time Msc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, 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 Year 1 of the part-time MSc, 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 the Graduate Certificate year and in Year 1 of the part-time MSc. 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.

  • Graduate Certificate in Counselling
  • Part-time, two year MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy; exit after first year of MSc possible, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
  • The combination of the Graduate Certificate and the Post-Graduate Diploma has been, up to now, accredited by the BACP, and we're hoping to maintain accreditation, following the restructuring of the programme which will separate the Graduate Certificate from the part-time MSc. We will make a statement regarding the accreditation status of the newly structured programme, when BACP have considered our application for changes.

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:

Year One: Graduate Certificate in Counselling

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 May 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

 

MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy

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.

Year 1 of Part-Time MSc 

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 May 2019 (date to be confirmed)

Counselling Term Dates:  

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

 

Year 2 of Part-Time MSc 

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 Graduate Certificate 2017/2018.

 

  • What qualifications are needed to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Counselling?
    Traditional academic qualifications are not a necessary requirement to enter the Graduate Certificate in Counselling, with onward progression, upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate and recommendation by your tutor, onto 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?
    There is no deadline for applications for the 2017/2018 programme. However, we would recommend that you submit your application for the programme as early as possible, as we tend to reach our maximum numbers for recruitment quite quickly. 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. We will do our very best to make a decision within a month of receipt of the completed criteria questionnaire, or, if necessary, invite you for an interview within a month of receipt of your questionnaire.

        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.

  • Do you accept applications for direct entry onto the Part-Time MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy?
    No; we do not accept applications for direct entry into the part-time MSc.  All students must first undertake the Graduate Certificate in Counselling.
  • Can I exit the programme after the Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate 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 the Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Year 1 of the Part-time Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy begin with a compulsory residential weekend.
    The Graduate Certificate 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.
    If the programme continues to be taught in the same way as usual, which cannot be guaranteed, Year 1 of the part-time MSc, 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 Graduate Certificate year and in Year 1 of the part-time MSc programme (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.
    Students in both the Graduate Certificate year and in Year 1 of the part-time MSc attend a compulsory non-residential weekend conference, usually held in May.
  • Is there a placement element within the course?
    There is no placement element in the Graduate Certificate year. However, in year 1 of the part-time MSc, 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 Graduate Certificate year, students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in Year 1 of the part-time MSc, 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 Year 1 of the part-time Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy, 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.