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Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Counselling


Course Description

Overview

Keele University is one of the first Higher Education Institutions to offer counsellor training in the UK and has been delivering high quality training programmes since the early 1970s.

The BACP accredited Professional Counselling Training Route/part-time MSc in Counselling Psychology is a part-time vocational training programme which builds up over three years. In Year One students complete the Certificate in Counselling and in Year Two the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. In Year Three students undertake the MSc research studies year. Successful completion of each academic year enables either progression onto the next year or an opportunity to exit with the completed qualification.

The first two years of the part-time MSc Counselling Psychology (The Professional Counselling Training Route) are accredited by the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapy (BACP) as a route of professional counsellor training. Candidates for accreditation will also have to meet all other criteria in line with BACP accreditation procedures.

- Training Philosophy
This part-time professional counselling training route 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.

Course Aims

The programme as a whole 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 each training level and to facilitate student learning in the areas of psychology: counselling skills, counselling related theory and self-development. The principles underpinning the programme are empowerment, holistic development, relationships and community.

- Year One: The Certificate in Counselling
This programme is an introduction to person-centred counselling theory and practice. It is suitable for individuals from a range of professional backgrounds who wish to improve their communication skills or begin training as a professional counsellor. The Certificate is an entry route onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology for those without traditional academic qualifications. On completion of the Certificate in Counselling students should have gained competencies in a wide range of professional knowledge, skills and self-development relevant to counselling practice.

- Year Two: Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
This year follows on from the Certificate in Counselling and offers professional training in counselling practice, theory and self-development. It is based on a person centred/humanistic philosophy with person-centred practice. Students are expected to undertake one hundred hours of supervised counselling practice placement. Applicants must have successfully completed the Certificate in Counselling at Keele University to access training in Year Two.

It is expected that students will progress to Year 2 in September of the year in which they complete the Certificate and, as long as they meet the requirements for progression, they are guaranteed a place on the Year 2 course starting in that September. Students may defer the commencement of Year 2 but, in this case, they would have to apply for a place and cannot be guaranteed a place in the academic year in which they wish to resume their studies.

Years 1 and 2 of the programme together constitute a BACP accredited training course. However, any other exit awards, e.g. completion of the Certificate in Counselling alone, or a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology Studies, which would not include the 100 hours of supervised counselling practice on placement, would not constitute a BACP accredited training course.

- Year Three: MSc Counselling Psychology
Year three of the part-time MSc Counselling Psychology places a particular emphasis on developing the counselling practitioner’s own research interests, including a research based dissertation.

Teaching

We employ a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, large group work, community meetings, tutorials and small group work. Students are encouraged to engage in experiential as well as academic learning methods.

Assessment

With the exception of a multiple-choice questionnaire classroom test in Year 2, all modules are assessed on the basis of coursework. The pass mark for all modules in Year 1 (Level 6) is 50% and, in Year 2 (Level 7), is 40%.

Additional Costs

In year 1 students have to attend a minimum of 8 hours of personal therapy and in year 2 a minimum of 20 hours of personal therapy (Subject to approval by Senate) 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 in Year 2, 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.

Visit the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Counselling page on the Keele University website for more details!



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Student Profiles
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Keele Graduate Bursaries - 20+ Awards

Eligibility
Students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.The Keele Graduate Bursaries are available for all taught postgraduate courses other than those where financial support is already available - such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Social Work or certain courses where the student fee is directly funded by the National Health Service.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with other scholarships with the exception of the Faculty of Natural Science Bursary, and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

Available on taught postgraduate course tuition fees for all UK/EU students who have graduated either from a first degree programme, or the Certificate in Counselling at Keele.For International students who have graduated from Keele or a Keele programme delivered overseas, a discount of 15% of the taught postgraduate course fee is offered. Students who undertook a study abroad placement or exchange programme at Keele will also be eligible for this fee reduction.

Application Procedure

There is no application form for this award, it is automatically applied.The £1,000, or 15%, will be deducted from the second payment instalment of postgraduate tuition fees. For part-time and modular study, deductions will be made on a pro rata basis.Please note: to obtain the discount you must begin postgraduate study during 2015 or 2016. For further information about our postgraduate bursaries and scholarships for UK and EU students, contact [email protected]; if you are an international student contact [email protected]

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele International Student Scholarship (KISS) scheme - 20+ Awards

EligibilityThe Scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate excellence in at least two of the following areas:
Academic qualifications,
English Language ability,
Understanding of the course and motivation to study at Keele,
Extra-curricular or work experience
This award is for international fee payers only and can not be combined with any other University funded scholarship or bursary which is intended for international fee paying students. In cases where an applicant is eligible for more than one award, the highest value award will be applied.Exceptions
Please note that this scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where an application is awarded more than one Keele scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000 towards the cost of annual tuition fees

Eligibility

The Keele International Student Scholarship for postgraduate students is worth GBP3000 deducted from the cost of your tuition fees. Last year our successful applicants came from a variety of countries including China, India, Nigeria, South Africa and Vietnam and they applied for a diverse range of courses including Biomedical Blood Sciences; Finance and Management; Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice; and International Relations.

Application Procedure

To apply for the KIS Scholarship you must have applied to Keele and been offered a place to study here. You must then complete a separate application form (download KISS Application Form using the link below) Applications must have been received and processed before the start of academic year for which the application is made. KISS Scholarships cannot be awarded to students who have already started their degree at Keele.The International Scholarships Panel, which consists of Academic and International Office staff, will consider applications on a monthly basis. Only one application may be made and any applications made after the relevant deadline will be considered on a case by case basis. The Panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/kiss/


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North American Bursary - 20+ Awards

About the Award
Applicants from the USA and Canada intending to study a taught master’s course are automatically entitled to a 10% reduction on the published tuition fee.Eligibility
Applicants will be required to prove their nationality.Exceptions
Please note that this cannot be combined with any other scholarship and in the event that a student is eligible for more than one award, the higher value award will be applied.How to apply
There is no application form, the award is automatically applied.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% of overseas fees

Eligibility

Open to all American and Canadian students

Application Procedure

Automatic process - please flag eligibility during application

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/northamericanbursary/


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Keele Graduate Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Please note that PGCE and MA Social Work are not included in this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

We will award a tuition fee discount of £500 to students who attain first class honours in their first undergraduate degree and come to Keele to study a taught postgraduate course to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

Payment will be made pro rata for postgraduate study. You do not have to apply for this award. We will write to you by the end of October after enrolment to confirm the award.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Keele Access Scholarship - 20+ Awards

You may also be eligible to receive a Keele Access Scholarship if you have declared that you have a disability on your application for postgraduate study at Keele.

Value of Scholarship(s)

850

Eligibility

Please note that this bursary will take the form of a fee waiver which will be applied pro rata for part-time study. Fee waivers of up to £850 are being made available for students from backgrounds with low participation in higher education who wish to take a taught postgraduate course at Keele to at least postgraduate diploma level.

Application Procedure

You may be eligible for a scholarship if you live in an area of the UK from which very few students progress to higher education (officially defined as a Low Participation Neighbourhood). Check your area on our Access Scholarships - UK Postcode Checker.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/pgtscholarships/


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Early Payment Incentive - 20+ Awards

About the Award
For students enrolling in January 2016 and September 2016 Keele University offers an Early Payment Incentive for all new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees (total tuition fees for taught postgraduates) before 5th January 2016 and 1st September 2016 respectively. The incentive will take the form of £500 on a KeeleCard for use in all campus facilities, to pay groceries, café and restaurant meals, printing and other services across all of the shops and food outlets at Keele.Exceptions
This offer is not valid for students enrolling on the International Foundation Year Programme or students transferring from StudyGroup. Students enrolled under full sponsorship or 100% scholarship cannot avail of this incentive. Research students and students on study abroad or exchange are not eligible. If a student subsequently withdraws from the University, the incentive will be deducted from any refund to which they are entitled.

Value of Scholarship(s)

500

Eligibility

All new self-funded international fee paying students who pay their full tuition fees before the 5th January 2016 if they are enrolling in January 2016, and before 1st September 2016 if they are enrolling in September 2016.

Application Procedure

How to apply
To get your hands on a KeeleCard pre-loaded with £500 all you have to do is pay for a year of your tuition fees before 1st September 2016. You can do this by bank transfer or over the phone with a credit card. You will find our bank details in your offer letter. Please remember to include your application number with your payment.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/earlypaymentincentivepg/


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International Smart Minds Scholarship - 5 Awards

About the AwardSmart Minds choose Keele!Keele University is pleased to offer 5 International Smart Mind Scholarships for taught postgraduate students at the value of £5,000 each. These Scholarships will be awarded to the best 5 entries to the International Smart Minds essay competition. The scholarships will be distributed amongst applicants from the following regional areas:
2 x East & South East Asia
1 x South Asia
1 x Africa
1 x UK International*
The scholarship will be applied as a tuition fee discount and no cash alternative is available.ExceptionsCurrent Keele undergraduate students are not eligible but will automatically be entitled to a Keele Graduate Bursary. More information can be found using the link below.Students who are sponsored by a third party outside of the family are not eligible for this scholarship.
The International Smart Minds scholarship cannot be combined with any other Keele scholarship. In cases where students are eligible for more than one scholarship, the highest value will apply.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Before applying for the scholarship, applicants must have already made an application for a taught Master’s degree at Keele University, to begin in September 2016.It applies to international fee paying students who are expecting to graduate from their undergraduate degree at another UK university in July 2016 and are looking to progress on to a Master’s degree at Keele University.Any offer of scholarship will be conditional upon applicants meeting the academic and English language requirements for their chosen course as set out in the offer letter.

Application Procedure

Submit an essay of no more than 250 words to [email protected] telling us which Smart Mind has inspired you to pursue further studies in your subject area of choice. This could be your professor at university, a Nobel Prize winner, or another well-known figure in your area.
Essays should be typed/word processed and not handwritten.
Please remember to include your Keele ID number in your scholarship application.
The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday 31st March 2016.
Essays will be considered alongside the original application to study at Keele, personal statement and academic achievements and the awards made to the best all round candidates. The judging panel will comprise academic and professional staff representing all Schools and the International Office.
The judging panel’s decision is final.

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/internationalsmartmindsscholarship/


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Santander Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

About the AwardIn partnership with Banco Santander, Keele University will be offering a number of postgraduate scholarships to outstanding candidates from South America. Each scholarship is worth £5000 and will be open to students applying to study a taught master’s degree in any discipline commencing January or September.For more information about the Santander Scholarships please email Kate Whiston, Deputy Head of International Recruitment: [email protected] read an interview with one of our 2014-2015 Santander Scholars, Fabian from Columbia, click here: http://www.keele.ac.uk/international/studentprofiles/scholarsstories/meetour2014-15scholars/ Exceptions
Students studying an MPhil or Masters by Research are not eligible.
Please note that the Santander Scholarship can be combined with a Keele International Student Scholarship and the Early Payment Incentive but no other awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

In order to be considered you must:Hold a conditional or unconditional offer for study on a postgraduate taught master’s degree at Keele University before November 30th 2014 for the January 2015 intake or by 30 June 2015 for the October intake.
Be resident in one of the following countries and liable to pay fees at the overseas student rates: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Application Procedure

How to apply
There is no application form, all eligible students will automatically be considered and scholarships will be awarded to students demonstrating academic excellence.Deadline: 30th June 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/santanderscholarships/


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Keele in the USA and Keele in Canada Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Each year Keele University is delighted to welcome excellent students from the USA and Canada. Many Keele alumni live in North America and their generosity has enabled The Keele in the USA Foundation and Keele in Canada to extend exciting opportunities for students to benefit from a unique educational experience at Keele.Each Scholarship is currently the equivalent of $4,000 US (US Students) or $4,000 CDN (Canadian Students) at the prevailing rate of exchange in Pounds Sterling GBP after completing registration and commencing the relevant course.

Value of Scholarship(s)

$4,000

Eligibility

Applicants must show evidence of scholarly, academic or professional excellence and give good reasons for wishing to pursue study at Keele University.
Since 2011 these Scholarships have run in parallel with programmes offering further opportunities, including the Fulbright Commission and the Marshall Commission.
Keele in the USA Scholarships are offered to US citizens and Keele in Canada Scholarships are offered to Canadian citizens.

Application Procedure

Please see the application forms on the website link below.Deadline: 31st October 2016

Further Information

http://www.keele.ac.uk/studentfunding/bursariesscholarships/internationalfunding/postgraduate/keeleintheusaandkeeleincanada/



Entry Requirements

Traditional academic qualifications are not a necessary requirement to enter the professional counsellor training route at year one. The programme is open to applicants that show appropriate commitment and motivation to participate in a programme that combines experiential learning and academic study.

Course Fees

UK/EU: Part-time Year 1 £2,800, Year 2 £3,775; International £6,630


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