University of Chester

Programme Specification
Counselling Supervision PGCert
2016 - 2017

Postgraduate Certificate

Counselling Supervision

Counselling Supervision

University of Chester

University of Chester

University of Chester

Postgraduate (Taught)


Classroom / Laboratory,

1 year

3 Years

Annual - September




17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Social Science Social and Political Science



Certificate in Supervision Programme Assessment Board

Friday 1st January 2010

The Aims of the Programme are to:

  • Increase understanding of the meaning of counselling supervision, its functions and its essential effective components.
  • Enhance critical awareness of ethical and legal issues arising within, or impinging upon, counselling supervision.
  • Facilitate critical appraisal of a range of supervisory approaches.
  • Develop competence in a range of supervisory skills.
  • Promote the development of anti-oppressive practice
  • Increase awareness of the organisational context of the supervisory relationship.
  • Enhance the ability to appraise one's competence and developmental needs as a counselling supervisor.
  • Increase awareness of a range of resources necessary for support and development as a counselling supervisor.

Knowledge and Understanding

Students will be required to demonstrate, in writing and in practice knowledge and understanding of the meaning of Counselling Supervision, its functions and its essential effective components ethical and legal issues arising within or impinging upon counselling supervision, a range of supervisory approaches and the ways these can be integrated in practice and the impact of the organisational context in supervision.

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The ability to construct a personal integration of supervisory theory which guides their practice.

A capacity to reflect critically on their professional practice and on the integration of their personal and professional development.


Competence in establishing and maintaining a counselling supervision relationship. 

Competent use of a range of supervisory skills appropriate to the needs of the supervisee, the supervisory relationship and the supervision approaches underpinning them.

An ability to appraise their competence and development needs as a counselling supervisor. 

An ability to identify a range of resources necessary for their support and development as a counselling supervisor.

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Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

Effective use of IT 

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The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision provides advanced professional training for Counsellors who hold a degree, a Diploma in Counselling at degree level (or equivalent qualification) and relevant professional experience. The programme is modular in structure and students are required to complete three modules (60 credits) at level 7 to be awarded the Certificate. Advanced standing for up to 50% of the award may be possible.

Mod-Code Level Title Credit Single
SO7401 7 Counselling Supervision Theory 20 N/A
SO7402 7 Counselling Supervision:Practice 20 N/A
SO7403 7 Professional and Ethical Issues in Counselling Supervision 20 N/A

60 credits at level 7


  • Have a degree or equivalent professional qualifications/experience.
  • Have a Diploma in Counselling or equivalent qualification.
  • Have completed at least 400 hours of supervised counselling practice since qualifying as a counsellor.
  • Be practicing as a counsellor and receiving supervision.
  • Be able to show that they possess Professional Liability Insurance which provides cover for the duration of the course.
  • Have a supervisee by the start of the course. (Students will be required to take on a second supervisee during the course.)
  • Be reflective practitioners with an ability to offer a balance between support and challenge and have the potential to offer a safe supervisory relationship.

Currently there are no specific benchmark statements for Counselling Supervision courses. The programme is however broadly consitent with the new (2013) QAA Practitioner Training Undergraduate and Masters level Counselling and Psychotherapy Courses. The course is validated at level 7

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the major professional counselling body in Great Britain, does provide a primary source of information and guidance related to counsellor training and operates schemes for professional accreditation of counsellors and counselling supervisors. This course has been designed with awareness of the BACP accreditation process and seeks to facilitate students in acquiring many of the skills and practice requirements which they will need to apply for accreditation by BACP as a counselling supervisor.  

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is partly through didactic methods, but the emphasis is on student participation through group discussion, debates, seminar presentations and experiential learning activities. Knowledge and understanding is also acquired through independent study (for example reading a wide range of theoretical and research based literature). Students are also encouraged to utilise the resources available within the learning community, and there is a strong focus on the integration of professional, theoretical and personal learning. Competence as a supervisor is developed through practice sessions.

A culture of supportive and challenging learning community is encouraged throughout the programme. Group skills and teamwork are further enhanced through group work. IT skills are enhanced through continuing critical analysis of relevant research literature and in the production of assignments. Guidance is provided through Learning Resources on utilising the intranet/internet and accessing relevant databases. Communication skills are enhanced through written and oral work.

Knowledge and understanding are summatively assessed principally through written assignments focusing on the synthesis of relevant theory and its application in practice.

 Intellectual skills are also formatively assessed through group discussions, exercises and student presentations.

Practical skills are assessed through written assignments emphasising the application of theory to practice. This assessment includes the submission of an audio or video recording of the student's practice. These skills are also formatively assessed through self, peer and tutor feedback.

Graduates from this programme should be competent and confident counselling supervisors able to undertake supervision of counsellors working in a variety of settings and with a range of experience.Completion of this course can provide an important elements of the  requirements for accreditation by BACP as a Counselling Supervisor.

The University is committed to the promotion of diversity, equality and inclusion in all its forms; through different ideas and perspectives, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. We are, in particular, committed to widening access to higher education. Within an ethically aware and professional environment, we acknowledge our responsibilities to promote freedom of enquiry and scholarly expression.

All of the students on the course will be experienced counsellors and as such will bring a considerable amount of subject related knowledge to the course. A key aim of the programme is to build upon and extend this knowledge and understanding of counselling theory and its applications to the supervision of counselling, as well as to develop understanding of contemporary thinking and practice. The course does not adhere to any single model of counselling supervision. A range of approaches are explored and students are supported to arrive at their own synthesis of learnings providing them with a model of supervision which fits with their training and professional context.

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