Duration and Structure of the Programme
The PGCertHE is a 60 credit, level-7 course comprised of three modules designed to run over one academic year. All modules include workshops and large and small group discussion supplemented by online resources and support.
Each module is worth 20 credits, representing 200 hours of ‘total student effort,’ so the programme equates to 600 hours of study overall. As the programme has been designed as a work-based course, your own teaching will represent a proportion of this 600 hours.
You will be invited to research, develop and evaluate aspects of your academic practice embedded in your everyday work commitments so much of the material for the preparation of module assessments will arise from this naturally occurring evidence (such as teaching outlines).
The three modules are configured as follows:
Module 1 - Promoting Learning in Higher Education (20 Credits) (September to November) This module will explore factors that contribute to effective adult learning strategies generically including a focus on: • understanding how people learn • ways of establishing and maintaining effective learning environments • developing holistic approaches to planning learning activities • ways to integrate principles of social inclusion and widening participation • teaching and learning techniques and resources • developing integrated approaches to assessment • promoting student centred learning • developing independent learning
Module 2 - Promoting Learning in Counselling and Psychotherapy (20 Credits) (December to March) This module will support participants to develop their understanding and competence in the highly specific skills related to the training of counsellors and psychotherapists including:- • creating learning environments that promote the development of self- awareness and the personal qualities associated with beneficial therapeutic relationships • practice development environments that are both ‘safe’ and ‘challenging’ and that promote participants’ ‘aware practice’ and development in the skills of specific self and peer reflection and feedback • the theory and practice of group dynamics and relational learning • understanding and managing group interactions and developing in group facilitation skills • effective ways of giving and receiving feedback
Module 3- Counselling and Psychotherapy Programme Design and Development (20 Credits) (April to July) This module will focus on curriculum design and assessment systems to support best practice in the teaching of counselling and psychotherapy including:- • models of programme design for blended theoretical and practical learning • student participation and feedback in programme design and development • design of feedback and assessment mechanisms • quality and evaluation systems • development of professional and ethical awareness • practitioner research and practice project development
Assessment and UKPSF As well as enabling you to gain the academic credits for the course, the assessments for the PGCertHE have also been designed to help play a part in enabling you to evidence the Fellowship category of the UKPSF.
The course is not accredited by AdvanceHE but has been designed to align with the Fellowship requirements to support participants to prepare for an independent Fellowship application on completion. This process is supported throughout the programme.
You will complete an initial audit after induction, and at the end of Modules 1 and 2 , initial and Interim UKPSF Engagement Templates are completed, culminating in a Final UKSF Mapping document at the end of Module 3.
This process will allow you to:-
1. Identify the elements of the UKPSF that you have already evidenced
2. Identify the gaps which you need to address during the rest of the programme
3. Build up evidence to act as your final ‘mapping document’ for the UKPSF which will be submitted after your final module.