PgC Supervision of Counselling and Therapeutic Practice

Course details

Direct entry

September (Lancaster)

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Insightful and creative supervision is crucial to developing counselling practice. We provide a unique opportunity to share and examine your own practice with others in order to develop your own approach as a supervisor. Whether you've held a supervision practice for years or you've just started as a supervising counsellor, you'll benefit from a shared wealth of experience to develop your skills further.

We are ideal for students who have already worked as therapeutic practitioners (usually for more than 2 years) who wish to improve their expertise as supervisors. You'll look at the key academic and professional issues involved in supporting, developing and maintaining professional standards. Studying closely with your peers and our expert teaching staff, you'll soon gain the skills you need for successful supervision of counselling and therapeutic practice.

We offer a learning community that encourages active engagement from students, sharing responsibility for peer group sessions and participatory learning. You'll build from your own expertise as a practitioner, critically and reflectively exploring your experiences to assess your personal and professional development.

Year one

Compulsory modules

  • Foundations of Supervision
  • Developing an Approach to Supervision
  • The Supervisory Relationship in Context

Programme specification

For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.

Download the programme specification (PDF)

1st or 2nd class honours degree.

Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures.

Selection criteria

Applicants must have either:

a) Standard University Entry: an honours degree with classification of 2ii or above, this does not have to be in a related subject;


b) Non-standard Entry: standard university practice will be followed with respect to applicants without traditional entry requirements. Non-standard entrants are required to attend an extended interview and demonstrate their ability to benefit from and successfully complete the programme


c) Competence in English language

Additional entry criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a professional qualification as a counsellor/psychotherapist/counselling psychologist OR other relevant professional therapeutic training and qualification, e.g. art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy, with membership of a relevant professional body (e.g. BACP, UKCP, BPS, BAAT, BADth, BAMT, HCPC)
  • Have 2 years post qualifying experience working therapeutically with clients
  • Pass an interview

Applicants will also need to have a contracted arrangement to supervise at least one supervisee on a regular basis over the duration of the programme

Making your application

Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.

What makes a good application?

We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.

Make sure you include:

  • Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
  • A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
  • A good personal statement.

Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.

What next?

When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.

And if I accept?

The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.

Deferred entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.

International students

Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.

From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.

UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.

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You can progress to work in the NHS, third sector organisations, schools and colleges, mental health services or private practice.

Our core team come from a broad range of practice and academic interests including couple counselling, mental health, outdoor therapy, research into the teaching and learning process, supervision, working in schools, and primary care. We are committed to the person-centred approach, creating personal, academic and professional opportunities that will enable you to develop and deepen your learning and experience in this approach.