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Key facts

Award
Options: MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice, PG Dip Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice
School
Institute for Education
Campus or location
Distance learning
Course length
The MA up to six years part-time though normally completed in three years. The PG Dip up to 4 years part-time though normally completed in two years.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our postgraduate courses vary. We are generally looking for a good honours degree or equivalent. Some courses also require an interview or the submission of a portfolio of work.

Please contact our admissions team for more information: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

Gain an academic qualification to complement your professional counselling/psychotherapy training.

  • Part time distance learning programme that allows you to study online.
  • Flexible learning linked to your specialist interest in counselling and psychotherapy practice.
  • Range of specialist and research-based module titles.

This programme is suitable for counsellors and psychotherapists who have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification, and who are working or who have worked professionally as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

On successful completion of the programme, you'll not only be well-versed in counselling and psychotherapy research and your chosen subject area; you will also have gained an academic degree to complement your existing professional qualification.

If you have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification or you have evidence of relevant academic study at Level 7 taken within the last six years, you may be able to apply for Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L).

“The flexibility of the MA programme enabled me to fit coursework around my employment and other commitments and provided an ideal opportunity for me to develop in my profession.”

Carol Swanson, Counselling and Psychotherapy graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

By the end of your studies you'll recognise and understand good professional practice and have a deeper theoretical knowledge of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

You'll become competent in analysing, evaluating and developing therapeutic work, and identifying ways of improving intended or current professional practice.

You'll engage in evidence-based practice and research, enhancing skills of reflection and reflexivity, and develop self-awareness to support Continued Professional Development.

As a graduate, you'll have gained an academic University based higher degree qualification to complement your professional qualification.

Course structure

Year one

60 credits AP(E)L based on a recognised counselling qualification or if no AP(E)L you'll take the following modules in year one:

  • Independent Study - 30 credits
  • Counselling Ethics and the Law - 30 credits.

Year two

Core Modules:

  • Reflecting on Clinical Practice - 30 credits
  • Research and the Professional, Part 1 - 15 credits
  • Research and the Professional, Part 2 - 15 credits.

Year three

  • Dissertation/Research and Development Project - 60 credits.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through a range of written assignments related to professional learning in the counselling and psychotherapy field.

A range of summative assessment tasks will be used to test the Intended Learning Outcomes in each module.

You'll be supported in development towards your summative assessment through appropriate formative exercises.

How will I be taught?

All modules are completed through distance learning with individual contact made with a tutor, either through face-to-face, telephone or online tutorials. There will also be webinars/online seminars available. Contact could be individual or in groups. Students can also have access to open seminars and workshops throughout the year.

The award is modular, based on accumulating credit points (180 credits are needed for a Master's), and gives a flexible career track suited to meet the demands of professional counsellors and therapists needing to study part time.

Applicants with a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification, taken within the last six years, can apply for up to a maximum of 60 credits Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L).

Opportunities

Career development

This academic qualification, alongside your professional counselling/psychotherapy qualification, will enhance your CV and job opportunities in a highly competitive field. It will also provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) specific to your professional needs and requirements.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This is a distance learning programme. Tutorials can be face-to face, via telephone, Skype or email. There will also be webinars/online seminars available. Contact could be individual or in groups. You'll be able to make full use of the facilities offered at the University.

You’ll benefit from access to:

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £6,995
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2019
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2020

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2017/18 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,500
Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2018/19 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2019
Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2019/20 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2020
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees
2017/18 entry £12,900
2018/19 entry Published Jan 2019
2019/20 entry Published Jan 2020

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

You will have completed a recognised counselling or psychotherapy training qualification, and will be working or will have recently worked professionally as a counsellor or psychotherapist.

If you have completed a recognised counselling qualification or you have evidence of relevant academic study at Level 7 within the last six years, you may be able to apply for Accredited Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L).

If you wish to be considered for AP(E)L, please contact the course leader before submitting your online application.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the "apply now" button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
Course leader: Rebecca Midwinter

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