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PGCertHE (Teaching and Learning in Counselling and Psychotherapy)

Entry Requirements

Course Specific Entry Requirements

Successful applicants will normally have a minimum of a UK level 6 professional qualification in counselling, counselling psychology or psychotherapy.

Acceptance also requires that candidates are teaching or supporting learning at least 120 hours at HE levels 4-8 in the academic year of study, at least 40 hours of which are student contact. This active teaching requirement is because you need to have enough opportunity to meet the learning outcomes of the programme, and this involves trying things out with your teaching, and then assessing the impact of your actions on student learning.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7, with not less than 6.5 in each of the subtests.

A number of key themes of academic work run throughout the programme:

• Collaborative learning and peer review, recognizing the collegiate nature of contemporary academic practice

• Foregrounding the process of enquiry and supporting you to develop a reflective and evaluative approach to your teaching practice

• Collegial and relational learning: intensive small group discussion in action learning set meetings to provide multiple perspectives on your approaches to teaching

• Development of individual judgement and evaluation of practice. The focus will be on your own teaching and the specific professional context in which it takes place

• Facilitation of a learning climate in which personal and professional development can take place in an enjoyable and stimulating way • Creation of an environment where differences – of race, culture, sexuality and gender as well as learning styles – can be recognised and appreciated

To find out more please email cristina.soares@metanoia.ac.uk