Applicants are normally required to have the following (see below for further details):
- Honours degree, normally 2.2 or above
- Certificate in counselling of 90 or more hours in duration or recognised counselling degree
Please ensure that all qualifications, including those that you are yet to complete are added to your application. Failing to do this may lead to your application being unduly rejected.
Applicants are required to possess an honours degree, normally a 2.2 or above. The degree can be in any subject as we welcome applicants changing career.
Applicants are also required to have completed a certificate in counselling. This must be a taught course (not online) and be of at least 90 hours duration. The certificate can be a college or university level course and should be one that can lead directly to a diploma level professional counselling training. Certain counselling degrees also include the equivalent of a counselling certificate as part of the programme. The certificate in counselling or counselling degree must include assessment of counselling skills through assessed observation and/or assessed recordings to meet the entry requirements. Qualifications in other humanistic psychotherapies may be acceptable instead of the counselling certificate.
We offer a Graduate Skills in Counselling course that fulfils the entry requirement to have completed a certificate in counselling when applying for the PGDip/MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies. Click here for full details.
Please note that you can still apply for the PGDip/MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training) while in the process of completing a counselling certificate as we can make an offer of a place conditional on the completion of a counselling certificate as course long as there is acceptable evidence of the completed qualification before the start of the programme.
If you have any queries about your eligibility for this course, please the admissions tutors:
Leigh Gardner L.C.Gardner@Salford.ac.uk Tel 0161 295 7163 and Amanda Ryding email@example.com Tel 0161 295 2376
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the requirement for an honours degree but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. We would usually expect applicants without an honours degree to have a minimum of a Level 5 qualification such as a professional diploma or HND.
Although you are welcome to apply for the course via APEL if you do not meet the requirement for an honours degree, you must still meet the requirement of having completed an acceptable Certificate in Counselling.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course, subject to BACP restrictions or requirements.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
English Language Requirements
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above are proof of this. If your current English language qualification is below this level, you may be able to take one of the many pre-sessional English courses.
Professionals who are graduates and have successfully completed certificate in counselling and wish to develop these skills further to become a professional counsellor. Once qualified you will be able to work as a professional counsellor in private practice, public and voluntary sectors.
You are an ideal applicant if you are fascinated by people and are willing to develop your own skills so that you can develop relationships with people in distress or in need of support.
We expect you to have demonstrated your commitment to helping others through your track record of voluntary work or employment in a role that involves helping people. We also expect you to be able to reflect on your own personal development – how your attitudes and abilities have changed and grown with your life experience.
All applicants are interviewed prior to being offered a place. The interview process involves a group interview and an individual interview.
All applicants being offered a place after a successful interview must complete a new DBS check, which will be administered by the University. You will be contacted about this by email when an offer of a place is made.