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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
Duration
36 months. [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

Applicants are assessed on their personal and intellectual suitability for counselling training and study at masters level.  Requirements include:

  • A bachelor degree
  • Completion of a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills. Certificate courses are generally of one-year (100-130 hours) duration and can be accessed in Further Education Colleges.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates or transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper - one professional and the other ideally from your Counselling Skills tutor
  • A personal statement (one side of A4 paper) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report; WAEC certificate

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2014; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

The MA Counselling is a 3 year, 180 credit, part-time professional training  programme requiring the completion of a significant practice requirement, professional supervision and, where appropriate, personal therapy.

After graduation, it is normal for the course member to practice for a minimum of one more year in order to attain sufficient practice experience to apply for individual accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The course provides opportunities for its members to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of counselling theories, which are drawn together into an effective integrative framework.  It is intended that the course will enable members to become reflective, i.e. self-aware, counselling practitioners. They will be able to critically evaluate theory and practice-related issues, to apply theory to their work with clients and also to apply their learning within the differing counselling fields and settings. For those organisations which require specialist training, it will provide a solid foundation of professional training on which further professional development may be built.

For some members, their major working role is not that of counsellor. They may use counselling skills within their main role as, for example, health visitors, social workers, personal tutors, or human resource professionals. For these members, the programme will enable the transfer of key counselling skills, such as assessment, interviewing, mediating, mentoring, training and negotiating, to other areas of their professional work.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,950
    International students (per annum): £2,950

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Environment, Education and Development
Contact name
Su Smith
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 0969
Email
Website
www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/education/postgraduatetaught/

Academic department overview

See: The School.

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Applicants are assessed on their personal and intellectual suitability for counselling training and study at masters level.  Requirements include:

  • A bachelor degree
  • Completion of a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills. Certificate courses are generally of one-year (100-130 hours) duration and can be accessed in Further Education Colleges.

Please submit the following documents with your application:

  • Copies of official degree certificates or transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English please provide official translations.
  • Two written references, signed by the referee and on official headed paper - one professional and the other ideally from your Counselling Skills tutor
  • A personal statement (one side of A4 paper) detailing why you wish to study the course, your experiences, what you can bring to the course and any other information that you see as relevant to your application
  • Copies of English Language Certification, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL or Pearson test score report; WAEC certificate

English language

Applicants whose first language is not English should meet the following language requirements:  

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.5 in writing, no sub-section below 6.0

TOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with a minimum score of 22 in writing and 20 in the other sub-sections 

Pearson PTE overall score of 62 with a minimum score of 62 in writing and 55 in the other sub-sections

Cambridge CAE grade A or Cambridge CPE grade C (please note that the Cambridge First Certificate in English is not acceptable).

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

How to apply

Apply online

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2014; later applications are considered at our discretion.

Interview requirements

Interview dates for September 2014 entry:

Tuesday 6 May 2014

Monday 9 June 2014

Interviews will be held in

either

morning:

9.30 - 10.15:   Information session with Peter Jenkins, Course Director

10.30 - 12.00:  25 minute interview

or

afternoon:

13.00 - 13.45: Information session with Peter Jenkins, Course Director

14.00 - 15.30: 25 minute interview

Disclosure and Barring Service check

Students are advised that to conduct research with vulnerable groups - including children and young people - they will require a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Therefore, it is important that you are aware that any offer is subject to the University receiving, what it considers to be, a satisfactory outcome from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

The MA Counselling is a 3 year, 180 credit, part-time professional training  programme requiring the completion of a significant practice requirement, professional supervision and, where appropriate, personal therapy.

After graduation, it is normal for the course member to practice for a minimum of one more year in order to attain sufficient practice experience to apply for individual accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

The course provides opportunities for its members to gain knowledge and understanding of a range of counselling theories, which are drawn together into an effective integrative framework.  It is intended that the course will enable members to become reflective, i.e. self-aware, counselling practitioners. They will be able to critically evaluate theory and practice-related issues, to apply theory to their work with clients and also to apply their learning within the differing counselling fields and settings. For those organisations which require specialist training, it will provide a solid foundation of professional training on which further professional development may be built.

For some members, their major working role is not that of counsellor. They may use counselling skills within their main role as, for example, health visitors, social workers, personal tutors, or human resource professionals. For these members, the programme will enable the transfer of key counselling skills, such as assessment, interviewing, mediating, mentoring, training and negotiating, to other areas of their professional work.

Aims

There are two major themes, which underpin the MA during years 1 & 2:

  • i. The course follows the large body of research that directs the practitioner to the client/counsellor relationship as a major vehicle for change and 
  • ii. Because of the wide range of professional backgrounds represented by its members, the course has the transferability of skills and knowledge as a major focus.

The course modules collectively provide a full professional training focusing on:

  • a critical and broad understanding of counselling theory
  • personal development and enhanced self-awareness
  • working in differing counselling settings, both long-term and short-term, with a range of presenting client issues
  • an understanding of the impact of lifespan issues and social context on the counselling relationship
  • an advanced understanding of the demands of effective and ethical practice
  • research awareness

Additional course information

BPS Graduate Route for qualification as a Counselling Psychologist

The MA Counselling meets certain requirements of the British Psychological Society qualification in Counselling Psychology, for those students with a psychology degree. For further information, check the BPS website: www.bps.org.uk/qualifications 

The following videos contain more information about the course:

Counselling Research Excerpt from keynote by Peter Jenkins, Director of MA Counselling, at the School of Education Student Research Conference, July 2011. For full keynote (30 minutes), click here.

Why choose an integrative course?

Student support with placements

Personal development

Using Emotional Freedom Techniques within an integrative model

Working as a counsellor after qualifying

The process of being a counselling student

Working as a counselling student on placement

Teaching and learning

Attendance

The 2014 MA intake (years 1 and 2) will take place from on Wednesdays from 12.20pm to 7.30pm.

Autumn term

Introductory weekend: Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 September 2014 (2 days)

Wednesday 10 September - Wednesday 10 December 2014 (13 days) 

Spring term

Wednesday 7 January - Wednesday 25 March 2015 (11 days)

Year 1 PD Weekend: Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 February (2 days)

Summer Term

Wednesday 15 April - Wednesday 13 May 2015 (5 days)

Summer school: Monday 15 - Wednesday 17 June 2015 (3 days)

Coursework and assessment

The course incorporates a wide range of teaching and learning methods, such as formal lectures, open discussion, small group work, case discussion groups and student-led presentations. There will be extensive use of a wide variety of skills practice methods and experiential learning in small groups, using the `learning community' of course members and staff as a major resource.

The assessment methods also are characterised by diversity. Knowledge and understanding and practice are assessed in a range of ways: via formal written essays; case studies; projects; by joint statements between supervisor and course member; and by assessment of video skills work. Personal awareness, a key factor in the successful counsellor, is assessed by self, peer and tutor review and by extensive use of a personal journal.

Course unit details

The first two years of the MA consist of the following six course modules:

  • The Theories of Counselling
  • The Development of Reflective Practice
  • Lifespan & Social Context
  • Research & Evaluation
  • The Reflexive Practitioner
  • Counselling Practice and Counselling Supervision

Course content for year 1

introductoryweekend

The course consists of several complementary threads, each focusing on a key area of counsellor training and development. These threads include:

  • Counselling Theory
  • Professional Practice
  • Skills
  • Personal Development Groups
  • Case Discussion Groups; Community Meetings; Group Tutorials

Course content for year 2

The second year includes a group weekend in October. These two days focus on personal development work. It provides an important opportunity to consolidate personal learning on the course to date, as well as to pursue further personal development and understanding of group functioning.

Skills in year 2 will continue to provide an opportunity to refine and develop ways of responding to clients in counselling work. Themes and styles of practice sessions can be negotiated with tutors, depending upon learning issues and needs identified within the student group.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Accrediting organisations

BACP Course Accreditation

The Post-Graduate Diploma has British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Course status. In order to achieve accredited status, courses go through a rigorous assessment process, during which they are required to demonstrate that they meet a comprehensive range of general and specific criteria. They are also subject to an ongoing monitoring process, to ensure that quality standards continue to be maintained.

Accredited status is granted for a five year period and successful reaccreditation is dependent on a continued meeting of the accreditation criteria. We have now been through three successful reaccreditations, demonstrating the continuing quality of our provision.