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Course Handbooks

Your Course Handbook is where you can find vital information about submitting assignments, mitigation and a range of other important issues.

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 Psychotherapy, Level 7, College of Allied Educators, 2020/21 - Course Handbook

Master of Arts Psychotherapy
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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 the College of Allied Educators. Thank you for enrolling in the Master of Arts Psychotherapy programme, awarded by Leeds Beckett University. At CAE, our students’ learning journey is important to us and we take pride in providing the best possible educational experience to our students. See details of your course, the student contract, fee details, the student portal and useful contacts on this link.

Course-specific information

The College of Allied Educators are committed to ensuring you continue to have opportunities to access the learning support that you need over the forthcoming year and will provide further information at induction and details will be available on

Key Contacts & Keeping in Touch

See your course lecturers' details on this link.

Main point of contact: College of Allied Educatiors:

Leeds Beckett University: Mrs Elaine Sadd,

The Leeds Beckett University contact for this course is the Link Tutor, Dr John Hills,

For your module, the Module Handbook will include the preferred method of communicating general information about that module to you.

Academic and administrative staff communicate with students via the student’s email address as registered with the school at the point of enrolment. It is important that students inform the school in writing of any contact updates. Students login to the Student Portal for announcements, course materials, course calendar, assignment submissions, results and all administrative information and application forms. Access to the Student Portal is given upon registration of the course.

Chat groups such as WhatsApp may be used by the course team.

Timetable Information

Two intakes yearly:

September and January

Deadline: 2 weeks before start of course

Please refer to the link for further details:

Course Overview

The aim of this course is to offer students who are already counselling or psychotherapy practitioners and hold a relevant Postgraduate Diploma degree or equivalent award, a comprehensive 60 credit ‘top-up’ course in research methods and attainment of advanced theoretical research knowledge, applied research skills and techniques associated with their chosen subject area in psychotherapy research. The course aims to accommodate the personal and professional challenges of being a psychotherapist and counsellor in the twenty-first century through reflective practice and original contribution to the field via research and dissertation.

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

Demonstrate a reflective and critical awareness of the ethical and professional problems to which psychotherapy and counselling research may give rise.

Integrate and synthesise knowledge, theories and concepts from a range of disciplines in the analysis of contemporary social issues and take a critical, evidenced based view to determine ‘best practice’ in psychotherapy and related professions.

Demonstrate the ability to work independently or in groups, to problem solve, generating and communicating research-based evidence that supports anti-discriminatory and best practice.

Demonstrate the professional capabilities and transferable skills necessary for employment in psychotherapy and related settings and application of inter-professional concepts to the development of professional practice.

Assessment & Feedback

Modules are assessed through coursework and a dissertation.

Please note the assessment periods in the academic calendar and make sure that you are available during those periods. Coursework submission deadlines can normally be found in individual Module Handbooks.

For students with disabilities, please contact your Course Leader to discuss reasonable adjustments and assessment support.

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 3.14 of the Academic Regulations.

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 will be usually be advised in the your Module Handbooks how to submit your assignments.

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 feedback on your assessments.

Results from module assessments and decisions on progression to the next level of study or awards (if you are in the final level) are available on the Results Online system:

Results will appear on Results Online within 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 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, a presentation or other form of assessment/when it will take place/what the deadline is). You will be advised via Results Online of your options for re-assessment. You are advised to contact your module leader 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

A sound theoretical base is established along with associated skills prior to the student undertaking their dissertation. This is delivered using various activities, both online and face-to-face, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work and independent study. Students have the opportunity to engage flexibly with the taught programme, and work with an individual dissertation supervisor. Learning and teaching strategies employed on the course are diverse, innovative, and tailored to individual student needs where appropriate; in addition, students are encouraged to engage with their own personal and professional development through online attendance at external events and professional workshops.

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 assignment 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

Level 7 core modules

The MA ‘top-up’ course consists of two core modules: Understanding Social Research and Evaluation (20 credits) and the Dissertation (40 credits). Students will already be graduates of a course which is the equivalent to 120 UK Higher Education level 7 credits in the subject area, who require a ‘top-up’ to a Master’s award.

Understanding Social Research and Evaluation (20 credits)
Dissertation (40 credits)

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

Overall Workload in hours

Level 7

Teaching and Learning


Independent Study and Assessment




Information on the profiles of the teaching team can be found on this link.

Attendance & Absence

College of Allied Educators maintains a very strict standard of performance and attendance for its programmes. All students are required to attend at least 75% of the class time. For students missing an accumulative 25% of attendance for whatever reasons, they will automatically fail the course by attendance (FBA). Students who are absent from class due to valid reasons, for example, medical conditions, are required to file the Absence Justification form with original medical certificate issued on the day of absence by a Singapore registered medical practitioner. The completed form should be submitted to the Student Services within five 5 working days from the date of absence from class. The School will only accept medical certificates from a registered Singaporean doctor. For international student who is absent from class for seven (07) consecutive days without valid reasons will be deemed to have withdrawn from the course. If the school has been unable to contact the student, the Admission Consultant will make a police report and cancel the Student Pass.

Students who are absent from class due to valid reasons, for example, medical conditions, are required to file the Absence Justification form with original medical certificate issued on the day of absence by a Singapore registered medical practitioner. The completed form should be submitted to the Student Services within five 5 working days from the date of absence from class.

The School will only accept medical certificates from a registered Singaporean doctor.

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.

Professional Accreditation or Recognition Associated with the Course

The MA Psychotherapy is not a professionally accredited course nor a psychotherapy training course.

Skills, Employability & Graduate Opportunities

The course enables students to develop research skills which include enhancing their ability to select, devise, analyse and synthesise psychotherapy and counselling research. Students develop an advanced understanding of selected research methods and have opportunities for acquiring appropriate research skills through study and conducting a piece of independent research in their own sphere of professional practical experience or area of interest. Through completing their dissertation supported by a named supervisor, students gain further skills in critical thinking and evaluation, presentation and independent learning.

This MA 'top-up' course offers graduates from postgraduate practitioner training courses to enhance their professional progression.

Psychotherapists and counsellors are employed in the health, education, social services sectors and private industry. Our course can lead to a range of careers in related counselling and psychotherapy fields. Some graduates may undertake doctoral studies.

Learning Support


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.

Students are provided support and services in

Pastoral Care:

Continuous Professional Development:

For administrative matters, Students may contact the relevant persons:

Students are provided support and services in

Pastoral Care:

Continuous Professional Development:

For administrative matters, Students may contact the relevant persons:

Where needed, it is advisable to contact CAE as soon as possible in order to establish necessary help. Support is available for students with disabilities including:

Anxiety disorder

Visual impairment

For information on CAE resource centre:


For CAE technical support, contact:

WIFI is available in all classrooms


Books are available for loan from the resource centre at the school.

In addition to the physical and online resources provided by the library at the College of Allied Educators, you will have access to a range of resources via the Leeds Beckett University’s online library. The Library website provides access to resources and information about Library services available to support you. Here are some useful links:

The Library's Welcome to Franchise Students:

The Library's Franchise Students MyBeckett help web page:

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 Psychotherapy

There is no contained award as the target award is a 60 credits ‘top-up’ award

Leeds Beckett University

College of Allied Educators

Level 7 of the UK Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, 60 credit points

The course is delivered part-time only. The College of Allied Educators will provide your timetable.

College of Allied Educators (plus location of any work placement, if applicable).


Please click the link for course fee schedule:

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 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.

Margaret Clarke, practitioner, England

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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