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Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Counselling and Psychotherapy

Start Date(s): September


one year part-time, September start

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £2,520

In Brief:

  • Enhance your employment and earning prospects as a supervisor within a range of helping professions
  • Promote the efficacy of your professional field
  • Benefit from up-to-date thinking from experts in supervision theory, practice and research
  • A part-time only course
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

Please Note: Only fully qualified, professionals who are members of a recognised professional body and who have been in practice for at least a year can apply for this course.

This course is an in-depth clinical supervision training. The skills-based focus of the course will enable you to train as a clinical supervisor; applying what you learn in complex professional contexts. 

The course further develops your critical understanding of the theoretical knowledge which underpins supervision and enhances your ability to critically appraise the associated research and clinical evidence.

Course Details

The course comprises a 60 credit clinical supervision training module, 'Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships'. You will study over two semesters of ten weeks each. 

This module can also be taken as part of the MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)

One 60 credit module:  
This module offers a unique opportunity for you to further your personal and professional development and obtain a supervision qualification. It is a double module, spanning semesters one and two. Based on Hawkin and Shohet’s seven eyed supervision model, it is open not only to counsellors and psychotherapists with a minimum of one year post-qualification supervised practice experience, but also to the wider community of helping professionals as a stand-alone module. 
The training consists of lectures, experiential exercises and skills practice that aim to enable you to gain the skills, knowledge and experience to become safe and effective supervision practitioners. You are expected to have access to potential supervisees in order to complete the twenty hour external supervisory practice requirement.

Assessment is based on a methodology and philosophy of supervision essay, as well as a live skills assessment and a final thirty minute transcribed recording accompanied by a process commentary and practice evaluation embedded in a portfolio evidencing practice hours, knowledge and reflectivity.

Entry Requirements

    All applications must meet the following criteria for the application to be considered:

  • Evidence of Professional qualification in a helping profession.
  • Evidence of membership of a relevant professional body for at least one year.
  • Evidence of at least one year of post-qualification practice.
  • Evidence of a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling or other professional person-centred skills equivalent
  • Normally evidence of a 2.2. degree or equivalent

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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.

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 applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is open to anyone working in a helping professional who is also a member of a recognised, relevant professional body.

In order to engage with the course you will need to have experience of working in a person-centred way and have familiarity with the theories and practice of person-centred counselling.

Applicant profile

You will be a qualified member of a helping profession, with professional membership and at least a year of post-qualification practice. You will be motivated to train to be a clinical supervisor and to deepen your knowledge, practice and critical thinking skills. You may have aspirations to influence policy-making, commissioning and service delivery as well as to strengthen your own practice.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section.


This award is aimed at meeting the needs of qualified professionals seeking clinical supervision training.

The course skills training and content is delivered in one weekly three hour session, for ten weeks in semester 1 and ten weeks in semester 2. There may be additional sessions required in the same timeslot at the end of the course for assessment.

Most sessions are structured around small group skills practice, reflective sessions exploring supervision practice, and theory and practice related lectures. There are also occasional experiential workshops


Evaluation takes the form of formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments enable students to gauge their learning and development during the course of each module and to prepare them for summative assessment. Formative assessments include peer and tutor review and feedback on development of written work both in class and electronically online. The learning is experientially driven and enquiry-led, with opportunities to review assimilation of knowledge, critical skills and supervision skills.

Summative assessment strategies include:

  • A written essay addressing issues of theory and practice
  • A portfolio reflecting on supervision practice
  • Supervision skills assessment


Career Prospects

This post-qualifying course will equip you with clinical supervision skills that can significantly enhance your career prospects and, through working as a clinical supervisor, can be an additional source of income.

Following successful completion of the course you may also consider studying for an MSc: the credits from this course can be carried into the MSc Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Supervision)


We have recently developed a special Counselling Suite which will be used for training students to become professional counsellors and psychotherapists and a hub for clinical counselling and psychotherapy research.

The suite, featuring therapeutic areas where one-to-one, family and group interactions can occur, is available for members of the local community and the University is working with local organisations delivering a range of counselling services.

There is exciting potential for students on PgCert Supervision in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Helping Relationships to become involved in the research opportunities offered by the Counselling Suite.

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