Key Facts

Course Title: Full-Time Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy (previously the MSc in Counselling Psychology)
Course type: MSc, Counselling and Psychotherapy
Mode of Study:Full Time
Contact Details:Jo Gravano
Contact email:g.gravano@keele.ac.uk
Website: Go to School homepage
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Subject Area: Psychology
Duration of study:Duration (Full Time) Minimum 12 months (taught element) Maximum up to 24 months (to complete the 100 hours of supervised counselling practice before the award is granted)

Overview

Please note that we have now closed applications for this programme. Applications for September 2018 start will reopen later in the year.

Keele University, along with the University of Reading, was the first Higher Education Institution to offer counsellor training and has been delivering programmes in counselling since the 1970s. The full-time Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy is a professional training in counselling and is recognised as such by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), who accredit the programme. This means that students who successfully complete the programme gain automatic entry onto the BACP register. Candidates for individual accreditation must note that they will also have to meet all other criteria outlined by BACP.

The details outlined below relate to the full-time programme.

This MSc programme in Counselling and Psychotherapy 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.

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, large group work, community meetings, tutorials and small group work. Within this framework students are introduced to a range of practices which are related to relevant philosophical traditions including existentialism and phenomenology. Throughout the course, students are supported to establish a sense of coherence in their own therapeutic position in line with the course philosophy and aims.

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. We accept the overwhelming evidence of the theorists that the major factor in helping human beings change in a desired positive direction is a relationship in which they feel safe, valued and challenged.

Why study at Keele

  • The full-time MSc is a BACP accredited programme
  • Keele Counselling staff have a wealth of experience in providing counselling training to both UK and international students
  • Keele has a thriving counselling community with students from a range of professional, cultural, social and educational backgrounds
  • Staff who are up to date with current therapeutic practice, training and research
  • All staff are active practitioners in counselling
  • An annual Counselling Conference with internationally renowned keynote speakers and researchers in counselling

Aims of the Course

The programme 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 Masters level and to facilitate student learning in several areas of counselling, namely counselling skills, counselling related theory and personal and professional development.

The programme offers to students a thorough theoretical grounding in person-centred/humanistic counselling and an introduction to research methodology. The principles underpinning the programme are empowerment, holistic development, relationships and community.

Entry Requirements

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.

The entry requirements are a 2i degree in any discipline or equivalent professional qualifications. This is to ensure that students have the required foundational written and analytic skills to study at MSc level.

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.

We are also looking for students with some experience of working with people in a helping capacity, whether voluntary or paid.

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

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of at least 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each sub-test (or equivalent).

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, 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  (e.g. the completion of required qualifications).  Alternatively, the applicant may need to attend an interview with two members of the core counselling team who teach on the MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy programme at Keele University, before they can be considered for a place on the course.

Course Content

The course is taken full-time over one year. All Masters students are required to take four 30-credit taught modules (120 credits at Level 7), plus a research training module (15 credits) and a 60-credit dissertation, see below. All modules must be passed for the award to be made (total of 195 credits at level 7). Students who successfully complete only the four 30-credit taught modules (120 credits) may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma, and those successfully completing only the two modules indicated *below(60 credits) may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate. However, it must be noted that these exit awards are not BACP accredited qualifications.

Taught Modules

  • Exploration in counselling (30 credits)*
  • Understanding in counselling (30 credits)
  • Integration in counselling (30 credits)
  • Practicum (30 credits)*
  • Research methods (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits) 20,000 words. The preparation and submission of a dissertation will give students the opportunity to research, in-depth, a counselling topic or issue of interest to them.

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 analysis

Students must complete a minimum of 100 hours of supervised counselling practice and, alongside this, a minimum of 14 hours of counselling supervision. They must also have a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy.

Students will have to pay for their own personal therapy and may have to pay for their counselling supervision, 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. If students do take longer to meet this requirement, this may have financial implications, especially for overseas students. They may decide to spend an extra year in the UK to finish their counselling hours. To do this, a student would need to arrange a different VISA category to undertake this option.  Alternatively, if the completion of a counselling placement is not a requirement for a student’s future plans i.e. they intend to pursue a career in a counselling related field, then they are entitled to transfer to the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies. In addition at the University's discrection, students may be admitted to MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies programme.

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

Attendance requirement for this course is set at 90%. 

Teaching and Assessment

With the exception of a multiple-choice questionnaire classroom test, all modules are assessed on the basis of coursework.

The pass mark for a module is 50%. The dissertation is a piece of independent research written up in 20,000 words. Masters students attaining exceptional performance (course average of at least 70% including 70%+ for the dissertation) may be awarded a distinction.

Additional Costs

  • Students are required to attend a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy to complete the course and payment for this is the responsibility of the students. An average cost for personal therapy is approximately £35-£45 per hour.
  • When completing the 100 hour placement requirement, students also have to undertake a minimum of 14 hours of supervision for which there may also be a charge.  Again, an average cost for supervision is approximately £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 are also expected to pay travel costs to and from their placements.
  • 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.
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Includes residential fee and attendance at the annual Keele University Counselling conference

If you are offered a place on our programme, please email your acceptance as requested and ensure a non-returnable advance deposit payment of £300.00 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 Jo Gravano, 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.

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

Teaching Day: 

Wednesday and Thursdays, but see below regarding 'intensive fortnight'

Teaching hours:

Wednesdays 9am – 4:30 pm Thursdays 12 – 5 pm

Residential Weekend

(compulsory) 

 

Saturday 16th September & Sunday 17th September 2017

Intensive Fortnight

(compulsory)

Weeks beginning 18th September and 25th September 2017

The residential weekend is followed by two weeks' full-time teaching. 
Students will meet every day, Tuesday to Friday, of both weeks, from 9.00am to 5.00 p.m.

Non-Residential Conference

(compulsory)

Likely to be April 2018, but date to be confirmed

Programme 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 Wednesday 10th 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 Wednesday 25th April 2018
  • Teaching ends Thursday 14th June 2018

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 have now closed applications for the programme starting September 2017. We will open applications for the 2018/19 programme later in the year.

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. If there are places available, 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 £300.00 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 Jo Gravano, 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.

What are the teaching hours of the course and approximately how much private study time per week should be allowed?

After the Residential Weekend and the Intensive Fortnight (see Further Information tab for details), teaching is from 9 am to 4:30 pm each Wednesday and from 12 noon to 5 pm each Thursday during term-time.
Applicants should note that 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 at least one hour per week would be devoted to this.
The course is a full-time course and we recommend that the remainder of the week is devoted to private study and to carrying out placement, personal therapy and supervision hours.

Is there a placement element within the course?
Students are required 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?

Students have to attend a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy in order 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, 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 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.