Train in counselling and psychotherapy and become eligible for individual practitioner registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
3 years (part-time)
Number of credits:
Specific entry requirements
- An undergraduate degree at grade 2.2 honours or above in psychology or the social sciences or an arts related subject.
- Plus a basic counselling skills training (Level 2 or 3).
- Plus evidence of experience of working in a helping role with vulnerable adults in either employed or voluntary work.
- The MA programme staff interview approximately once a month from February until August. As places are limited on this popular course, we advise you to apply as early as possible. Applicants should demonstrate their reflective capacity and commitment to their personal development.
The course is accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Our approach incorporates aspects of theory and practice from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, cognitive and psychodynamic.
You will be equipped the necessary skills to work with a wide range of people with a range of psychological issues in a variety of settings.
Course and Module Details
This programme provides the training in counselling and psychotherapy necessary to become eligible for BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) individual practitioner registration.
The programme, accredited by the BACP, is based on an integrative relational approach to counselling and psychotherapy, which has been developed over many years by our cutting-edge teaching team. Our integrative approach, at the forefront of counselling and psychotherapy theory, practice and research, incorporates aspects from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, cognitive and psychodynamic. You will be encouraged to explore psychological processes and experiences from these different perspectives, and recognise the theoretical, personal and cultural assumptions which influence your work.
The course emphasises the central importance of the therapeutic relationship. Therefore, as well as developing cognitive and reflective skills, you will also learn practical ways of working with your clients in a therapeutic relationship to address conscious and unconscious needs and produce a change in emotional and cognitive processes and behaviour. Central to developing your therapeutic skills is a sustained effort of attunement to the client as well as openness to and awareness of their and your internal processes. This involves integrating complex and advanced skills, and responding creatively to complex, novel and unpredictable situations. As well as having a theoretical understanding of these processes, from the first year you will have modules allowing you the opportunity to practice your counselling skills.
Our teaching includes life-span developmental theories, therapeutic skills practice in small groups, supervision of client work in small groups, critical analysis of approaches and research into counselling and psychotherapy. You’ll be taught through interactive lectures and seminars, experiential skills workshops, small clinical supervision groups, and personal development work. Much of your learning will be a reflection on your experience of skills practiced and the use of demonstration, observation, self, peer and tutor feedback as well as a more traditional academic study.
You will develop a critical understanding of the role of research in the development of the counselling and psychotherapeutic disciplines, and be able to incorporate research knowledge into clinical practice. You are required to be in personal therapy throughout the course, which will help you to develop a high level of awareness of self and the therapeutic process, to be able to use this constructively in therapeutic encounters. You will be equipped with the necessary skills to work with a wide range of people with a range of psychological issues in a variety of settings.
Later modules in the course will familiarise you with a variety of forms of psychological assessment, so that you are able to critically evaluate the appropriateness and limitations of the procedures and underlying concepts. As many students will go on to work in a multidisciplinary team, in particular within the NHS, they need to have an understanding and working knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses and classification systems, while being aware of their acknowledge limits and critiques.
You will have the opportunity to work with a placements co-ordinator to find a suitable counselling/psychotherapy placement in which to gain the depth and range of experience necessary to become a competent practitioner. Information on over 500 different counselling placements is available.
These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.
Students on this course are normally in one day a week.
Contact us for further information.
Tuition fees and funding
September 2022 entry tuition fees
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Graduates can work in health and social services, voluntary organisations and the education in counselling field.
How to apply
You can apply now for any programme starting in April or September 2022.
All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.
We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.
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