A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in any subject or other proof of your ability to study at Masters level.
It is essential that students beginning our programme have already completed a level 3 certificate in counselling skills or equivalent, so we can assume this level of practice and knowledge of the professional context of counselling.
The level 3 course or equivalent should include at least 50 hours of practice with other students and tutor feedback.
English Language at GCSE grade C or equivalent, or IELTS overall score 7.
Two satisfactory references, one of which must normally be an academic reference.
A level of maturity associated with personal reflection on a variety of adult and childhood experiences and developed interpersonal skills, to be assessed at interview.
Satisfactory police clearance. We will send you a form for this.
Opportunities for the accreditation of prior learning and prior experiential learning exist through the School's credit accumulation and transfer procedures.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.
How to apply
Application deadline for September 2021entry is 7 May 2021
Start date - Monday 20 September 2021
- Monday 22 February 2021
- Monday 22 March 2021
- Monday 26 April 2021
- Monday 24 May 2021
- Monday 14 June 2021
Find out more about how to apply.
School of Healthcare Postgraduate Admissions Policy 2021
Read more about paying fees and charges.
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Additional cost information
There are additional costs for supervision (minimum 18 hours) and personal therapy (minimum 70 hours) payable directly to the practitioners concerned. Fees may vary from approximately £40-50 per hour. Students are required to become student members of BACP (currently £50 per year) and to take out professional liability insurance for their practice, the cost of which depends on the amount insured.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
Postgraduate Student loans
Students enrolling on the MA are eligible for a Postgraduate Student loan. Students who have applied for a PG loan do not have to pay 50% fees up front at registration but are able to pay their fees in three instalments over the academic year to match loan payments. Full details on how to apply for a Postgraduate Student loan can be found here.
Place2Be are offering 25 new bursaries to child counselling courses. These means-tested bursaries will be available to successful applicants to this MA Psychotherapy and Counselling course. Applications are open between Tuesday 1 September 2020 and Sunday 11 October 2020 at 11.59pm. More information can be found here.