York Saint John University

York St John University

Counselling and Psychotherapy (practitioner route)

This course is designed for students with prior counselling skills training and experience in using these skills in a helping role. Students who successfully complete the course will have undertaken the training element required to apply for individual British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Counsellor Accreditation. Equal weight is given to the importance of counselling theory, counselling practice and personal development in the training of counsellors and the structure of the course reflects this balance. The core theoretical model for the course is integrative, with an emphasis on humanistic values and on the significance of the therapeutic relationship. Students are encouraged to develop and articulate their own integrated approach to counselling deriving from the study and application of a range of counselling theories and approaches. Equal weight is given to the importance of counselling theory, counselling practice and personal development in the training of counsellors and the structure of the course reflects this balance. Students are encouraged to develop and articulate their own integrated approach to counselling deriving from the study and application of a range of counselling theories and approaches. All modules are compulsory as the course is developmental and provides an integrated training in theory, process and skills as prescribed by the BACP. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of counselling practice each year.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma must have an Honours degree or a professional qualification and/or experience which is recognised by the University as equivalent to a first degree. Experience of using counselling skills at work, in education, the helping professions or in voluntary agencies is also required. Candidates must also have completed a foundation course in counselling, normally at undergraduate Certificate level. Progression from the Postgraduate Diploma to the MA is by completion of all the modules for the award of Postgraduate Diploma with a mean mark of 60 and by skills diagnostic interview. Direct entry to the MA from other professional training programmes is by satisfactory completion of a training programme which meets BACP criteria for an accredited course and by satisfactory interview. Students whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each section), or an equivalent result in an English language proficiency test acceptable to York St John University.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through a variety of assignments, including essays, learning journals, supervised counselling practice file, joint learning statements and recordings of counselling competence.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time £ 9,000 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 10,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
York St John University York YO31 7EX Yorkshire and the Humber

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