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Hey all,

I'm hoping to get onto an MSc/PgDip counselling course and the requirement states a 2:2 degree and a certificate in counselling. I have a first class degree in youth work and a level 4 certificate in psychology. Does anyone have any idea whether this is usually accepted as the same/similar thing?
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Hey all,

I'm hoping to get onto an MSc/PgDip counselling course and the requirement states a 2:2 degree and a certificate in counselling. I have a first class degree in youth work and a level 4 certificate in psychology. Does anyone have any idea whether this is usually accepted as the same/similar thing?
Why not ring them and ask if its acceptable. Syrely cnat be that hard to do a certificate in counseling in the mean time?
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Well, I have rang them and they don't know and the tutor is super busy and hasn't gotten back to me. It's not hard to do, but it costs more money and the course that does the certificate in counselling is full now til next year, which would mean I would have to postpone my masters another year.
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They have discretion.
I cant see the rules of the department.
If you ask him then find out whats on the syllabus and be prepared to persuade him you have that knowledge or have those skills.

It only takes a bit of research by you.
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No, the certificate in counselling is required. Information about it is on the BPS website. You can complete it alongside the undergrad or after, but has to be completed for entry onto the PgDip.
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I don't think so - a counselling certificate is quite different to a psychology one as there are specific skills and theories, as well as practice in counselling. Obviously check but I would think that at masters level you would need at least a basic understanding of counselling. What level counselling certificate do you need? I have my level 2 and it was really easy tbh.
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I don't think so - a counselling certificate is quite different to a psychology one as there are specific skills and theories, as well as practice in counselling. Obviously check but I would think that at masters level you would need at least a basic understanding of counselling. What level counselling certificate do you need? I have my level 2 and it was really easy tbh.
It's not a basic level certificate that they are asking for. I am doing a counselling psychology degree and I still need to complete the counselling certificate if I wish to apply for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Our year cohort was informed this by the course leader.

I am assuming that once they have it on the entry requirements it's pretty much a necessity.
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Is this the one? @ Salford?Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Professional Training)
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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 Counselling 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. Qualifications in other humanistic psychotherapies may be acceptable instead of the Counselling Certificate.
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Yeah that is the one - they accept other humanistic psychotherapy qualifications so that's promising, and it's obviously not higher than a level 4 or 5 because you can obtain it through an undergrad, which goes in my favour. Honestly, I'm just anxious to know if psychology is included in that so I can put myself out of my misery or apply! lol
part of my degree included a module on counselling skills and i have 6 years experience in the field of community support/youth work/helpline support/counselling group support!
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Point is just becayse you didnt get a place on the course doesnt mean the end if you cna find a suitable course elsewhere. Dude you have a 1st you can sort this twizzle out.
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