Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice

  • Award: MA, PG Dip
  • School: Institute for Education
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  • 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.
  • Campus: The course is run through distance learning with tutorials at present held either in central Bath or Corsham Court, Bridgwater or North Devon.
  • Course Handbook (PDF)

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How to Apply

The MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University gives you an academic qualification alongside your vocational counselling training which may be helpful when formal registration is established in the UK. The award is modular, based on accumulating credit points (180 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.

Why study Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice?

This award 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.

Key Features

  • Flexible study arrangements allowing you to choose from a range of accredited short modules or longer programmes of study.
  • Flexible learning linked to your specialist interest in counselling and psychotherapy practice.
  • Range of specialist and generic career-based award titles.

Course structure

The MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice at Bath Spa University gives you an academic qualification alongside your vocational counselling training. You can gain a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or Master’s Award (180 credits) all in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice to complement your professional qualification. This is beneficial when applying for work, (the qualification is nationally and internationally recognised) and will be helpful if formal registration is established in the UK. The award is modular, based on accumulating credit points (180 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.

This award 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. All the courses that are run in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice will give practising counsellors and psychotherapists an academic University based higher degree qualification to complement your professional qualification, and will enhance skills of evaluation, cognition and reflection, and increase personal knowledge.

Modules

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy Work-based Action Enquiry TT7815-60: This module is for students to gain up to 60 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. An alternative to the Independent Study Module, it is specifically focussed on reflecting and writing about clinical theory linked with practice. It can include client work or supervised practice, or a review or conference report linked to clinical practice.
  • Independent Study IN7760: This module is for students to gain up to 60 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. This is usually a piece of work based either on a literature review or the theoretical aspects of a case study. Students are encouraged to choose a subject linked to their research interest.
  • Reflecting on Clinical Practice PL7201-30: This module is for students to gain 30 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. It is also for others from counselling and other helping professions who already have a first degree (or a professional counselling qualification or the equivalent) and wish to develop their understanding and skills. All credits can contribute towards a University qualification. This is usually a piece of work covering the theoretical underpinning and professional contexts of the reflective practitioner working within situations of clinical practice.
  • Counselling Ethics and the Law PL7202-30: This module is for students to gain 30 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. It is also for others from counselling and other helping professions who already have a first degree (or a professional counselling qualification or the equivalent) and wish to develop their understanding and skills. All credits can contribute towards a University qualification. This is usually a piece of work based on practical counselling and psychotherapy knowledge in the context of ethical codes of practice with reference to current UK law affecting areas such as employment, mobility, diversity and children. 
  • Counselling and Multidisciplinary Practice PL7203-30: This module is for students to gain 30 credits and can be used by those outside the 6 years requirement for APL or those who need to make up APL. It can also be used as part of the Postgraduate Diploma qualification. It is also for others from counselling and other helping professions who already have a first degree (or a professional counselling qualification or the equivalent) and wish to develop their understanding and skills. All credits can contribute towards a University qualification. This is usually a piece of work based on developing practical interdisciplinary knowledge in the context of multidisciplinary working environments. 
  • Research and the professional – part 1 PR7103: The aims of this course module are to facilitate participants in the development of their knowledge and understanding of the methods and processes involved in interpretive research, in order to help prepare them for carrying out a small-scale Master’s research project. The assessed assignment is a critique of a piece of published research.
  • Research and the professional – part 2: Methods and proposal PR7102: This module introduces various data gathering techniques and the process of data analysis. It further develops the understanding of research design, the research process in general, and how to engage in a relevant literature review. The assessed assignment is a research proposal.
  • Master’s Research Project PR7120: A Master’s Research project is a substantial piece of research that requires you to write up a dissertation report at a level appropriate to postgraduate study relevant to your professional concerns and career interests and related to counselling and psychotherapy practice.

Course assessment

Assessment for most of the modules is based on completing assignments related to professional learning in the counselling and psychotherapy field.

All the courses that are run in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice will give practising counsellors and psychotherapists an academic University based qualification to complement their professional qualification.

Teaching methods

The modules are completed through distance learning with individual contact made with a supervisor either through face to face tutorials, telephone supervision or on line supervision.

Application method

Applications can be made online. Please contact CPD Admin for full details of how to apply and the relevant project/module code.

Telephone: (01225) 875593.

International students should visit our international pages for more information about our entry requirements, fees and scholarships, and student support.

Course enquiries

Please contact the CPD admin office:

Telephone: (01225) 875593.

Entry requirements

Applicants who have qualified through counselling or psychotherapy trainings are invited to apply and accreditation for prior learning (APL) is given according to the level of their counselling or psychotherapy training qualification. This can be discussed on application though in general level 5 counselling qualifications are granted 90 APL and level 4 60 APL. APL is recognised only within six years of a training qualification.

There are direct arrangements with the following courses and qualifications and we encourage students who have completed counselling courses at these trainings to apply:

  • Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling;
  • Bridgwater College Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy;
  • The Counselling Foundation, Training Centre, St Alban's;
  • The Manor House Centre, North London, Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Therapy in the Community;
  • The National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy;
  • Northbrook College, Sussex, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy;
  • Southampton Counselling Service Advanced and Diploma courses;
  • Strode College, Street
  • Wessex Counselling Service Advanced and Diploma courses.

 

What students say...

Sue Arnold 2013, MA Graduate

‘I had wanted to study for an MA for several years, but needed to find a course that would fit round my work commitments. The MA was ideal because I could study at my own pace and decide the subjects I wished to explore. I had many misgivings about undertaking a piece of research, but the study materials were well structured and the support I had from my tutor enabled me to grow in confidence in this area. Overall I enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal, both about my subject and myself.’ 

Carol Swanson 2013, MA Graduate

‘The flexibility of the MA programme enabled me to fit course work around my employment and other commitments and provided an ideal opportunity for me to develop in my profession. The course modules leading to the dissertation were well structured and along with the available support prepared me well for the final dissertation stage of the MA.’

Claire Sainsbury 2013, MA Graduate

'The MA programme has expanded my knowledge and awareness as a practitioner within the field of problem gambling.  The experience of managing my own research schedule with tutor support has been challenging and ultimately empowering.  I now feel more engaged with this specialist field and stimulated to study further. '