Graduate Certificate in Counselling - 15 week intensive course
Applications for 2018 are now open please click here to apply
This 15 week programme will aim to provide students with a body of knowledge and a set of skills which will make them more effective within certain occupational roles e.g. nurse, head teacher, social worker etc. It is also aimed at those who are looking to change their career and pursue a profession in counselling. This is a non-accredited programme that will allow students to progress onto further study, such as the MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, in order to become a fully qualified Counsellor.
The course has an element of individual focus and self-awareness and comprises of three areas of theory, skills and personal development. There are three assessments that will need to be completed for each of these areas.
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For the first seven weeks of the course, students will study the theory of the Person centred therapy approach. Learning will be done through a mixture of lectures and group work. Students will also participate in personal development groups where they can reflect on learnings and self-development.
There will be a three week Easter break (dates to be confirmed) where students will be expected to complete an assignment on the theory of the person centred approach. Following this, for the second half of the course students will practise skills work in groups and continue their professional development groups. During this time students will be assessed on their skills and they will be expected to deliver a short presentation on their self-development on the course.
Each student will be assigned a skills tutor who will also be their Academic tutor. In order to complete the course students must have attended at least 80% of the course and passed each assessment.
The non-credit-bearing introduction to counselling course is identical to the credit-bearing course in terms of contact hours, content and assessment. You have exactly the same progression route open to you onto the MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy. The only differences are that it does not carry undergraduate credits and that while you are enrolled just on the course, you are not enrolled as a full university student and so will not have access to all the services offered to university students.
On completion of the non-credit-bearing version you are awarded a Certificate of Attendance on the Graduate Certificate in Counselling.
Please note that due to the nature of this course it does not qualify for Student Loans or support, and we are unable to accept any discount codes/offer codes provided by the university or a third party.
1) Application Form
Those who wish to apply for the course must firstly complete an application form or complete the online application.
Each student must provide two referees that can be contacted to support their application. The referees can be professional or academic. Referees will be sent a link to an online form to complete. Offers are subject to satisfactory references, and it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure references are provided.
3) Group Interview
Each candidate will be invited to a group interview which normally last 1-1.5 hours. During this session the candidate will be asked to participate in a group discussion and then have a short meeting with a tutor to discuss their application. The group sessions are informal and should not be feared!
Following the interview, successful candidates will be offered a position on the course.
Due to the high demand on this course, places will only be held for 1 week. It is imperative that you confirm acceptance of your offer in writing
Payment plans can be offered in some circumstances. We accept payment of course fees by cheque, credit/debit card and bank transfer.
Fees must be paid within 30 days of accepting a place on the course, or within the terms of the payment plan agreed. Students who fail to make payments on time may be removed from the course.
Salford Professional Development is fully committed to Equality of Opportunity. Any student who feels that their own particular circumstances may affect their ability to undertake or engage fully with the programme is asked to identify her/himself to the tutors as soon as possible in order that any necessary arrangements for assistance can be made.
PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Training) 2017 entry information
The Graduate Certificate in Counselling offers an ideal route of entry onto the professionally qualifying PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy (Professional Training) at the University of Salford. The PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy has a certificate in counselling as a key entry criterion and the Graduate Certificate in Counselling fully satisfies this criterion.
However, the PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy is a very popular course and places are heavily oversubscribed. In order to be equitable, we interview and offer places on the PGDip/MSc to those successful at interview according to the date of the applications received.
We have received so many applications for September 2016 that a great number of these will roll over to September 2017 with the result that we cannot be confident that all those completing the Graduate Certificate in Counselling in June 2017 will be able to progress to the PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy starting in September 2017 (assuming that the Graduate Certificate was successfully completed and the interview for the PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy was successful).
It may therefore be September 2018 before a place becomes available to those completing the Graduate Certificate in June 2017.
In order to maximise the chances of progressing onto the September 2017 MSC/PGDip entry we are asking all those wishing to progress on to the PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy from the Graduate Certificate in Counselling to have submitted their online application for the PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy PRIOR to their interview for the Graduate Certificate.
You can submit your application for the PGDip/MSc now for September 2017 entry. The sooner we receive your application the more likely it is that we may be able to offer a place for September 2017 entry.
The details of how to apply can be found here: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/counselling-and-psychotherapy-studies-professional-training.
Please clearly state in your personal statement for the PGDip/MSc that you are applying for the Graduate Certificate so that we know why you do not yet have a certificate in counselling.
In addition, we are arranging to link the PGDip/MSc interviews to follow immediately after the Graduate Certificate interviews on the same day to maximise the chances of being able to make a conditional offer of a place on the PGDip/MSc for September 2017 (assuming the interview processes are completed successfully).
When you have submitted your PGDip/MSc application online you will receive an email that confirms your application has been received. Please print this out and bring it to the PGDip/MSc interview.
You will be asked as part of the arrangements for the Graduate Certificate interview whether you want to also be interviewed for the PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy.
Please note that while a degree is the main entry criteria for the Graduate Certificate, the entry criteria for the PGDip/MSc Counselling & Psychotherapy is for a degree qualification of 2.2. or higher. Those with extensive relevant experience may be considered for entry onto to the PGDip/MSc through an accreditation of prior leaning process if they have a degree lower than a 2.2.
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Counselling Skills and Theory 1
This module introduces you to the person-centred approach to counselling, and the specific micro skills of counselling that will enable you to develop a rapport when working with others.
Counselling Skills and Theory 2
This module provides you with the opportunity to practice and develop your practical counselling skills.
Psychology and Self Awareness
This module introduces you to activities that will develop your awareness of self, particularly when working with others.