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Course Handbooks for the 2020/21 academic year will be published on this page in due course. If your Course Handbook is not published yet, please check back soon. All Course Handbooks will be published prior to the course induction.

Master of Arts Practice Based Play Therapy, Level 7, Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Master of Arts Practice Based Play Therapy
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Welcome to the Course

Welcome to your course in the School of Health and Community Studies. Whether you are a new or returning student I am delighted to be able to welcome you into the 2020/21 academic year.

The year ahead will contain successes, challenges, and personal growth for you, and the School’s team of dedicated academic staff and administrators are here to help you to achieve your potential.

The School has a broad range of disciplines in our Health Promotion, Nursing and Healthcare, Psychological Therapies and Mental Health, and Social and Community Studies groups. Our academic teams work collaboratively, drawing on each other’s expertise to support learning, undertake professional practice and consultancy, and deliver internationally recognised, societally impactful research.

Throughout the year ahead please do take time to let us know what you are enjoying and what you find valuable, but also please let us know if there are things we could do differently to improve your experience through feedback to your Course Director, at the School Forum or through module evaluations and surveys.

I wish you every success for this academic year.

Dr Duncan Sharp

Dr Duncan Sharp, Dean of School

Welcome to your Play Therapy programme where I hope that you will be able to help many children with emotional, behavioural and mental health problems to enable their full potential.

This handbook provides you with information that you should find helpful when you first start your course, when you are preparing for assessment and at any time that you need help or advice in connection with your studies. You will also receive module details and learning materials for each step of each module as you progress.

Your first point of contact is your Course Director. Please approach your Course Director first if there is anything about which you are not sure, or for help with the course in general. Some of you may encounter unforeseen health or other emergencies in your lives. Please make your Course Director aware immediately when this occurs, so that any extensions or mitigation may be applied for, following University processes.

The course team is looking forward to working with you and we hope that your time studying with APAC at Leeds Beckett University is both enjoyable and successful.

On behalf of APAC and the whole course team, I would like to wish you well in your studies.

Monika Jephcott

Programme Director and Chief Executive

Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy

Course-specific information

Summary

As you are studying by distance learning, you are less likely to be affected from the significant changes in delivery for face-to-face students arising from APAC's and the University’s overall response to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as you are part of the University’s academic and student communities, this web page provides general context and one or two areas of specific interest.

There have been no changes in the delivery of the course due to Covid-19.

On-going support will be available, as required, from the APAC Course Director by email or by Skype or telephone by prior appointment as well as from the APAC Office by email or by telephone from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

Further details

APAC and the University are informed by Government and Public Health England (PHE) Covid-19 advice and guidance for maintaining a Covid-secure learning and working environment. We have made arrangements to continue to provide a high-quality educational experience in a way that protects the safety and wellbeing of both students and staff.

Your distance learning course will be completely online, so there will be no change for you in this respect.

How we will communicate with you

Should your course be postponed due to COVID-19, you will be contacted by email from the APAC Admissions Office to advise you of the postponement. You will then be contacted by your APAC Course Director who will endeavour to support you during the postponement and will be in touch with proposed dates for rescheduling the sessions.

As the situation evolves, further information on local course delivery arrangements will be provided to you by email from the APAC Admissions Office and updates will be published on the following websites:
https://apac.org.uk/
https://playtherapy.org.uk/
http://playtherapy.org/

Key terms and conditions

Further important guidance for students during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found on the Leeds Beckett University web site: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/information-for-applicants-and-students/ This includes information about the student contract, fees and funding, your rights of cancellation, the student protection plan and the University complaints process.

Location of delivery

Your distance learning course will be delivered completely online, which means you will be accessing your course from a location that is suitable for you, and subject to local measures in place.

Course Fees

The course fee published for 2020/21 on the APAC website and included in your offer letter has not changed. Other additional costs remain as published in our original Online Prospectus.

The course will be delivered 100% online, and it is assumed you have the digital equipment appropriate for your studies.

Depending on how and where you access your online distance learning course you will need to follow any specific local or national requirements for maintaining personal safety and hygiene to protect yourself and others from the Covid-19 risks.

Policies, Standards and Regulations

Covid-19 social distancing measures will be in place for teaching, learning, assessment and student support in 2020/21. As you are studying 100% online, any social distancing measures for your studies will be local to you.

Teaching and Learning Activities

Students will have access to course material through APAC’s Learning Management System (ALMS) on the APAC website: https://www.apac.org.uk/ALMS

Learning Support

On-going support will be available, as required, from the APAC Course Director by email or by Skype or telephone by prior appointment as well as from the APAC Office by email or by telephone from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your APAC Course Director, the APAC Office and the Course Administrator are there to help you. You also have a Course Administrator at Leeds Beckett who can help with queries.

Access to Library support in 2020/21

The Library offers access to thousands of resources via MyBeckett or the Library web site which also provides full details of all our services http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/home

Further information on Library support is available in the ‘Library and IT Support’ section of this Handbook.

Range of Support Services Available

If you have any questions, contact the APAC Office by telephone on 01825 761143 or by email to contact@apac.org.uk.

There is a range of support for disabled or vulnerable students. Any student with a disability, who may or may not have declared this to the University and wishes to discuss their learning support for the year ahead or their status as a Covid-19 extremely vulnerable person, should contact their Disability Adviser for their School who is based in Student Services to discuss their support needs in the first instance. The service contact details are disabilityadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk or telephone 0113 812 5831. Students who are classed at Covid-19 Extremely Vulnerable (i.e. you have received a Shielding Letter from the NHS) but who do not regard themselves as disabled, and have not registered with the Disability Team, should discuss any support arrangements they may need directly with their APAC Course Director.

Further information is available in the ‘Support for Disabled Students’ section of this Handbook.

Information on the support available from your School and other Services is available in the ‘Key Contacts’ and ‘Learning Support’ sections of this Handbook.

In order to provide you with information on student services support in 2020/21 in response to the changing Covid-19 position, updated information will be provided by APAC on https://apac.org.uk/

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

The Programme Director is Monika Jephcott, mokijep@majemail.com

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your APAC Course Director, the APAC Office and the Course Administrator are there to help you. You also have a Course Administrator at Leeds Beckett who can help with queries.

APAC Course Administration team
Director of Operations Jennie Field contact@apac.org.uk
Portfolio/Marking Nancy McIntosh contact@apac.org.uk

Leeds Beckett
Course Administrator Elaine Sadd e.sadd@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

You will be advised who are your Course Representatives, once they are in place.

In addition to the physical and online resources provided by the library at APAC, you have access to resources via the University’s online library. The Library website (library.leedsbeckett.ac.uk) provides access to resources and information about Library services available to support you.

The Academic Librarians for this course are Kirsty Bower, Maria Kulas, Laurence Morris and Caroline Robinson.

Please contact them at: hcslibrary@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Or complete their online Get Help form for help with academic and research skills.

The courses are delivered by APAC who will deal directly with any problems and day to day enquiries regarding course delivery, management, organisation and expectations. Leeds Beckett University provides services to support students and quality assures the course.

During the entirety of a course, APAC tutors for each cohort are contactable either by email or by phone with prior appointment.

Contact details for your Course Director and research supervisor will be provided when enrolled on the course.

The Leeds Beckett Link Tutor for this course is Mike Wragg m.wragg@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

For each module, the module handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you. We will inform you of cancelled classes / activities / course notices as soon as possible.

You must provide APAC with a valid email address OR as a student of the University you will be provided with a student email address, which academic and administrative staff may use to contact you.

APAC and PTUK will use your personal email address. It is an important responsibility for you to check this account regularly. You can forward emails from your student email address to a preferred personal email address. Quarantine and spam filters needed by our University mean that emails sent from external email addresses may be delayed, blocked or deleted. It is therefore important that you also use your student email address to contact University staff. Also APAC and PTUK will contact your personal email address so please ensure that these will be accepted by your email system.

Information on how to access your University email address can be found on the Student IT Support Pages (http://libguides.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/mybeckett/emailtimetable).

A further important responsibility is that you inform your course admin team both at APAC and Leeds Beckett University whenever you change your name, address or contact details.

You can also update your University records yourself. For University records: select the appropriate link from the My Account tab after logging in on the Current Students web page at: http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/

For APAC and PTUK records email contact@apac.org.uk

Please make sure that you inform Jennie Field at APAC and Elaine Sadd at Leeds Beckett University, e.sadd@leedsbeckett.ac.uk whenever you change your address, or name.

Your APAC Course Director or Course Administration department will notify you by email of any changes of class dates, activities, and course notices using the email address held on your APAC student record or in exceptional cases by mobile phone.

Further information on local course delivery arrangements will continue to be available from APAC. Students should refer to the following websites:

https://apac.org.uk/
https://playtherapy.org.uk/
http://playtherapy.org/

Timetable Information

The standard student calendars vary according to the venue and start date. See the APAC website for details: https://apac.org.uk/

Please be advised that while your course may broadly follow these calendar dates, there may be local variation due to religious, national and local holidays. You will be provided with a calendar specific to your course with assessment submission dates at the start of each year of your studies.

Course Overview

The aims of the course are:

To further develop students’ conceptual, theoretical and methodological models in the design and implementation of play therapy-related research at Master’s level.

To refresh informed play therapy practice by extending the understanding of research methodology and differing approaches that have been learnt at PG Certificate and PG Diploma stages.

To provide methodologies for postgraduate research to answer a unique question(s) that will take the play therapy profession forward.

To encourage students to debate the nature of play and creative arts therapies research, including therapeutic media, conditions, settings, systemic factors and related topics.

To enhance students’ ability to appraise literature underpinning the evidence base for children’s therapeutic interventions.

To integrate and apply research principles to a play and creative arts therapies related topics.

To enable students to disseminate their research findings to the professional audience concerning with children’s emotional well-being, social, behaviour and mental health issues.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

Apply conceptual, theoretical and methodological models in the design and implementation of play therapy-related research at Master's level.

Contribute professionally and academically to the field of play therapy by answering a unique question(s) that will take the play therapy profession forward.

Integrate and apply research principles to a play and creative arts therapies related topic.

Select and justify an appropriate research design, sample population and data collection instruments.

Demonstrate and apply appropriate research skills to play therapy techniques and practices by summarising, analysing and interpreting data using suitable statistical tools where appropriate.

Assessment & Feedback

On this course modules are assessed through coursework and a dissertation.

APAC will provide details of the assessment periods in the academic calendar. Please make sure that you are available during those periods. Coursework submission deadlines can normally also be found in individual Module Handbooks/other module guides.

Students with a disability should contact Disability Advice at Leeds Beckett University at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss their support requirements for assessments and / or examinations.

It is important for your progression and achievement that you submit all work for all assignments in a timely manner. It is also important that you keep copies of all work submitted until after you have graduated. You should also keep any receipts confirming the submission of assignments. In the event of your submitted work being lost you may be required to produce a copy of the work and submission receipt. If you are unable to do so, your work will not be marked.

It is important to note that submitting all assignments is a requirement of your course. Should you experience extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting on time please make yourself aware of the Mitigation and Extenuating Circumstances process. Without any form of extenuating circumstances, standard penalties apply for late submission of assessed work. Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are available in section 3.12 of the Academic Regulations. Please check the penalties that apply to this course as some Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body requirements may mean that different penalties apply.

If you have been recommended ‘flexibility around deadlines’ as a reasonable adjustment in a Reasonable Adjustment Plan, your Course Administrator will be able to advise you of the process.

You may be required to submit your written work via Turnitin; further information on Turnitin is available.

Check your module handbooks for details on how and when individual assessments are to be submitted.

Assessed work will normally be returned with appropriate feedback within four weeks of your submission. Each Module Handbook will provide you with specific guidelines on how and when you will receive this.

Formative assessments are provided by the Course Leader and Academic Supervisors upon the exercises leading up to and upon drafts of material to be included in the research proposal and dissertation. Feedback may be given by the supervisor on the research ethics application.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/results-online/ Results will appear within Results Online five working days after the date of the Progression and Award Board meeting (the meeting where your end of level outcome will be decided) or the Module Board meeting (the meeting where modular outcomes are decided). If you are unsure about when you might receive your results or have queries relating to your results, you should contact your Course Administrator. If your profile of marks has been presented to an Examination Board, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access your results.

If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you will be eligible for re-assessment. See your Module Handbook for details of the relevant re-assessment process (e.g., whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via your Course Director of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your Course Director or Administrator for any clarification.

Details about our Appeals process can be found on the Appeals web page.

Academic integrity means intellectual honesty and is part of good academic practice. Further information can be found on our Academic Integrity web page.

Teaching & Learning

The main activities are lectures and presentations delivered by e-learning methods, webinars enabling group discussion, signposted reading, directed exercises and one to one academic supervision. Students develop their own cohort-based network.

Academic Integrity and Research Ethics
All dissertations/research projects (including literature reviews using information in the public domain) require research ethics approval and you must submit your ethical approval notification with your dissertation for the assessment to be marked. You must follow the guidance provided on your module regarding obtaining ethical approval and it is your responsibility to ensure you have received ethical approval evidence prior to any data collection.

The Academic Integrity Regulations also apply to academic integrity breaches and unfair practices related to research ethics and dissertations. The consequences of Academic Integrity Regulations breaches for research ethics are detailed in the Academic Regulations, section 10, Academic Integrity at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/academic-integrity

APAC also requires that research undertaken on the course follows PTUK's Ethical Framework. Details will be provided in your module handbook.

PTUK Ethical Framework: http://www.playtherapy.org.uk/Standards/EthicalFramework

Level 7 Core Modules
Developing a Practice Based Play Therapy Research Proposal (20 credits)
Research Dissertation for Practice Based Play Therapy (40 credits)

A standard 20 credit module equates to 200 notional learning hours, comprising teaching, learning and assessment, embedded placement activities and independent study.

Overall Workload in hours

Level 7

Teaching and Learning

82

Independent Study and Assessment

518

Total

600

Details of teaching staff can be found on the APAC website: https://www.apac.org.uk/Home/Faculty

Attendance & Absence

85% minimum attendance is required in order to successfully complete the PG Certificate and the PG Diploma. Due to the experiential nature of the training in which group dynamics play an integral role, it is not possible for students to miss any part of the course due to pre-existing engagements. In extenuating circumstances, a student may be allowed to miss a day’s training, but a ‘catch-up’ session will need to be undertaken in the student’s own time at an additional expense.
Please note there is not a minimum attendance requirement for the MA Practice Based Play Therapy course.

You must notify your Course Director and the APAC Admissions Department if you are unable to attend a scheduled training day or weekend as soon as you are aware of your inability to attend.

If you are going to apply for mitigation you will need to provide written evidence of the reason for your absence. Please see below (Absence due to Illness)

If you are unable to submit an assignment due to illness, you must provide us with details and any available evidence as soon as possible. Contact Nancy McIntosh for a copy of the appropriate extenuating circumstances form. For more details on ‘fit to sit’ and mitigation please visit: Student Mitigation

If you are considering withdrawal from your course you should speak to your personal tutor / academic advisor to discuss your reasons. If there is a problem, staff at your delivery provider or the University may be able to help. It may be possible to arrange suspension of studies from your course.

If you are considering withdrawing, permanently or temporarily, you must complete a withdrawal form, which you can obtain from the administrative staff at your delivery provider. This form must be submitted as soon as possible as withdrawals cannot normally be backdated. For further details see the Student Regulations.

International Students

This is not applicable as the course cannot accommodate applicants requiring Tier 4 visas.

This is not applicable as the course cannot accommodate applicants who require a Tier 4 visa.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

The MA course is not professionally accredited.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The course aims to:

Further develop students’ conceptual, theoretical and methodological models in the design and implementation of play therapy-related research at Master's level.

Refresh informed play therapy practice by extending the understanding of research methodology and differing approaches that have been learnt at PG Certificate and PG Diploma stages.

To provide methodologies for Master’s level research to answer a unique question(s) that will take the play therapy profession forward.

To encourage students to debate the nature of play and creative arts therapies research, including therapeutic media, conditions, settings, systemic factors and related topics.

To enhance students ability to appraise literature underpinning the evidence base for children’s therapeutic interventions.

To integrate and apply research principles to a play and creative arts therapies related topics.

Students are able to contribute to the play therapy knowledge and evidence bases by carrying out original research.

On completion of this course you will be well placed to aim for a promotion in your field, progress into a research role or enter academic work. You could also go on to take the courses you need to become a PTUK certified trainer, helping future play therapists begin their careers in this increasingly important area.

Learning Support

If you have a question or a problem relating to your course, your APAC Course Director, the APAC Office and the course administration team are there to help you. You also have a Course Administrator at Leeds Beckett who can help with queries, see the Key Contacts section above.

Your Academic Advisor will be an academic member of staff who teaches you on your course. Your Course Director will make sure that you are given the contact details of your Academic Advisor at the beginning of each year, usually in your course induction. Further details on the role of your Academic Advisor are available on the Academic Advisor web page.

The Student Advice Hub Team can support with a number of practical elements of University life. When you first enrol at the University, they produce your first Student ID card and any replacements you require during your studies. When you commence your studies, they can provide you with bank letters, so that you are able to open and maintain student bank accounts, and Confirmation of Enrolment letters that you might need for a range of purposes. Current students and graduates can also request transcripts from the Student Advice Hub.

As you progress with university life, the Student Advice Hub Team are able to provide information in relation to any element you might need help with. If you have a question and you’re not sure who to ask, please get in touch. If the team aren’t able to answer your query directly, they will ensure you can access the most appropriate team to offer help.

Ordinarily, members of the Student Advice Hub in the Student Hubs on the ground floor of the Rose Bowl and Leslie Silver at City Campus and in Campus Central at Headingley. However, due to Covid-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of our students and staff, for a period of time this service will support you digitally via live chat, email, video calls and online resources. Their telephone number is 0113 812 3000 and you can contact them via e-mail on studentadvicehub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. Appointments can be booked via the Student Advice Hub Team web page, all of which will be delivered virtually.

During the entirety of a course, tutors for each cohort are contactable either by email or by phone with prior appointment.

Clinical Supervisors are responsible for their students’ clinical work and are contactable by email or by phone. Individual arrangements should be made between both parties.

The APAC Office and Programme Director are also contactable by email or phone as appropriate.

In addition to the support provided by your Course Team, Course Director and APAC, the Student Hub can help with a broad range of enquiries including: funding and money advice, being an international student, disability, counselling and wellbeing support, student cards, accommodation, fee payments, support from the Students’ Union, how to access on-line services, getting help with your CV, preparing for an interview, careers guidance and getting a part-time job. Details of these and other services are available at www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub

The Student Hub telephone number is 00 44 (0)113 812 3000 and the e-mail address is StudentHub@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

They work closely with the course team, the Students’ Union, all University Services and external organisations to make sure that if they don’t have the answer to your question they will know who will

Support for disabled students is available from our Disability Advice team. Support is available for students with a range of disabilities including:

· epilepsy, diabetes and IBS

· depression, anxiety and eating disorders

· dyslexia, dyspraxia, and AD(H)D

· Autism Spectrum Conditions

· Mobility difficulties

· Sensory impairments

Support is individually tailored depending on the nature of your disability and the demands of your course.

www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/disability-advice.

Leeds Beckett University online library and learning resources

In addition to the physical and online resources provided by the library at APAC, you will have limited access to resources via the University’s online library. The Library website (library.leedsbeckett.ac.uk) provides access to resources and information about Library services available to support you.

Help and Information Points

If you have any questions about using the library, you can get help:

• online: library.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/contact-us

• by phone - 0113 812 1000 (including 24/7 IT support).

All course material and necessary documentation is provided on the APAC resource system called ALMS and on the PTUK members website www.playtherapy.org.uk

On becoming a member of PTUK you will be required to use the Fortuna Record Management System. Details will be provided by email from APAC’s Fortuna Team at the start of the course.

The Students’ Union Advice Service offers free, independent, non-judgemental advice and guidance to all Leeds Beckett Students. This can include advice on any problems you might have whilst on your course including all the Academic Regulations (Mitigation, Extensions, Complaints, Appeals, Disciplinary procedures and Academic Integrity).

We can also give advice on any issues you may have with your housing including disrepair, contract checking and issues with deposits. We can also advise on student funding and debt.

We will listen to your problem and outline what options are available to you, so you can make an informed decision on what to do.

Hopefully you will never need us but just remember we are here for you if you do.

Email: suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Tel: 0113 812 8400

http://www.leedsbeckettsu.co.uk/advice

You have the opportunity of becoming an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives.

The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:

  • acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
  • gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
  • enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
  • working with the Course Director and members of the course team to enhance your course;
  • facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
  • being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the Student Hub web site and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

Resources

APAC has developed its own small scale learning management system to support students at the MA dissertation stage with course materials and a work scheduling aid.

All course material and necessary documentation is provided on the APAC resource system ALMS and further resources can be found on the PTUK members website, both accessible via: www.playtherapy.org.uk

Student Voice

We are committed to working in partnership with you and nominated Student Representatives to provide you with an inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment which is conducive to study for all our students and our staff. An important element of your time studying with us is your engagement in developing your learning. Your engagement and attendance on your course enables you to further your learning and supports your achievement, course completion and aspirations for the future. There is an expectation that students will attend, engage in their learning and submit for assessment. We provide support for you to maximise your time studying with us and to develop your learning, skills and abilities to support you in your chosen career path.

We seek active participation by all our students in the continuous enhancement of our courses and through our monitoring, annual review and enhancement processes. These are formal processes used by our University for assuring the academic standards and quality of your course and its continuous improvement. These processes utilise your feedback, External Examiners’ reports, feedback from staff and others, data relating to student outcomes on the course and student surveys to reflect on areas of good practice and areas for further enhancement. We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

Course Representatives are student volunteers who represent your views at course level, in formal and informal meetings with academic and support staff online and follow up on actions that have occurred as a result of student feedback at School Forums. Details about being a Course Representative are available on the Students web pages. The Students’ Union oversees Course Representatives and more information is available on the Students’ Union website.

You have the opportunity to become an elected Course Representative working in a voluntary capacity with students, the Students’ Union, the Course Director and members of the course team and our University. The Course Director, working in partnership with our Students’ Union, enables the process for election and appointment of Course Representatives. The Students’ Union provides training and development for Course Reps and supports their engagement in enhancement activities. Being a Course Representative provides an opportunity for you to enhance your own learning and the development of relevant professional and employability skills in parallel with your studies.

As a Course Representative you would play an important role in:
• acting as a point of contact and advocate for students on your course and in supporting their active engagement;
• gathering feedback from students on your course to inform further enhancements to the quality of your course and the student experience;
• enabling dialogue and good communication between students and staff on the course;
• working with the Course Director, members of the course team and the Students’ Union to enhance your course;
• facilitating and engaging in meetings about your course; and
• being an ambassador for your course.

Further details about Course Representatives are available on the web pages above and in our University’s Academic Regulations.

We invite all students to participate in a range of opportunities to provide us with feedback on your course and modules. This may include discussions with staff, focus groups, and meetings (e.g. with Course Representatives or with staff) and formalised student surveys e.g. mid module reviews, end of module evaluations and specific course or other surveys.

We are committed to providing a high quality experience for all our students. We welcome comments and compliments from students, and find them valuable for on-going improvements to our provision. Comments and compliments about your course can be raised with your course representative or directly with your personal tutor / academic advisor.

If you have a specific complaint about your course, you should initially follow the complaints procedure of your delivery provider.

If this does not resolve the matter, then you should make a formal complaint under the University's Student Complaints Procedure. Information about how to make a complaint, including the student complaints procedure and a complaints form, is available on the Students web pages.

General Information

Master of Arts Practice Based Play Therapy

As a 60 credit ‘top-up’ MA award for holders of the PG Certificate and PG Diploma awards, the course does not have a contained award.

Leeds Beckett University

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy

Level 7 of the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, with 60 credit points at level 7 of the Higher Education Credit Framework (this is a 'top-up' Master's for graduates of the PG Certificate and PG Diploma awards)

The course is only delivered part-time.

Distance Learning (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).

Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills

Course Fees: £3150.00

University Registration Fee £ 370.00

Trainee Membership Fee: £ 60.00

Supervision (18 sessions per year approx.) £40 - £ 50 per session

Other costs:

Laptop

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Registration with ICO

Books

Play Therapy Tool Kit

Personal Therapy if required to attend

Costs of “catch- up” sessions in the event of unexpected absence

Diploma in Play Therapy

Course Fees: £3250.00

University Registration Fee: £ 370.00

Practitioner Membership Fee: £ 130.00

Supervision (18 sessions per year approx.) £40 - £ 50 per session

Other costs:

Laptop

Professional Indemnity Insurance

Registration with ICO

Books

Play Therapy Tool Kit

Personal therapy if required to attend

Costs of “catch- up” sessions in the event of unexpected absence

MA in Practice-Based Play Therapy – On-Line Blended Learning

Course Fees: £ 3400.00

University Registration Fee: £ 370.00

Other costs:

Laptop

Books

Policies, Standards & Regulations

Key University regulations and policies can be accessed on the following web pages:

• Academic Regulations (including assessment regulations) are available on our Academic Regulations web page

• The Student Contract is available on our Student Regulations web page

• The Student Charter is available on our Academic Regulations web page (Section 20)

Other Student regulations and University policies, including Safety, Health and Wellbeing policies, are available on our Student Regulations web page

You should also familiarise yourself with our Zero Tolerance Report and Support web page regarding sexual harassment and assault, and also the Report & Support web page regarding racial harassment.

The course follows the University Academic Regulations.

The module Developing a Practice Based Play Therapy Research Proposal is a pre-requisite for the module, Research Dissertation for Practice Based Play Therapy.

As a 60 credit top-up award, both modules must be passed to achieve the award.

The External Examiner assures that you are assessed fairly in relation to other students on the same course and also that the standard of your own award is comparable to similar courses taken by students in other higher education institutions within the UK. The External Examiner(s) provide an annual report for your course. External Examiner reports are available on our External Examiner Reports web page, which is accessible via the Course Information link on the Students home page.

Dr Sarah Parry, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Module Information

The Course Administrator can provide you with the module information for your course, or tell you where to locate the details. This includes a description of module content, how the module will be taught and how you will be assessed.. In most cases, you will be provided with a module handbook at the start of the module or one will be made available to you In My Beckett


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