Contemporary Relationship Studies at DN Colleges Group - UCAS

DN Colleges Group

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: University of Hull

Contemporary Relationship Studies (Taught)

Course summary

This three-year, part time, course, validated by the University of Hull, has been designed to offer a flexible approach to the integration of theory and practice. The threshold concepts embedded in the course include a sophisticated opportunity to approach counselling and therapeutic theories from different perspectives. Rather than being taught theoretical approaches in separate modules, and then seek integration, the aim is to explore theoretical concepts together from the start of the course in order to challenge students to link concepts to practice in a reflexive free flowing manner. The course is designed to encourage the multiple contexts of reflexivity at every stage of the student’s learning. It is acknowledged that students will be coming on to the course from different theoretical perspectives and major shifts in their perception and understanding of client work will be expected. Students will be encouraged to examine their own personal constructs and the impact they have on the work with clients in diverse settings in the UK in the 21st century. An emphasis on the importance of supervision will run throughout the course as well as access to continuing professional development (CPD).


The course is modular, with attendance on 18 days per year, taking place over a 10 month period in each year. Clinical placements will be in an approved clinical setting and involve 150 hours of practice during the three years (a minimum of 50 hours with individuals and 100 hours with more than one person) This can include face to face, online and telephone counselling practice. Students are expected to work with individuals in the first year and with individuals, couples and families from the second year onwards. Students are expected to organise their own clinical supervision whilst on placement. Year 1 Post-graduate Certificate stage Module 1, Theoretical Concepts: 20 credits Module 2, Effecting Change: 20 credits Module 3, Culture and Context: 20 credits Year 2 Post-graduate Diploma stage Module 4, Therapy with more than one person: 20 credits Module 5, Working with Couples and Sexual Relationships: 20 credits Module 6, Working with Groups and Families: 20 credits Year 3 Masters stage Module 7, Advancing Practice: 20 credits Module 8, Contemporary Therapeutic Challenges: 20 credits Module 9, Therapeutic Challenges and Beyond: 20 credits All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time

Assessment method

Assessment is by a variety of methods such as case presentations and written assignments that are designed to assess the development of the student’s understanding, development and competence as a reflexive practitioner, working safely and ethically in a wide range of settings and contexts. Students are required to submit a portfolio, together with a supervisor’s report, at the end of each year

Entry requirements

You'll need to have: Prospective students must have: •Degree or evidence of academic achievement at Level 6 or APEL •Evidence of counselling qualification, including face to face supervised clinical practice OR •Evidence of relevant equivalent training within the counselling field •Access to a practice base in an approved clinical setting, such as a counselling organisation or a primary care trust •Competence in the use of IT and regular access to the Internet Selection process Applicants satisfying the entry requirements will attend an interview with the Course Director and members of the teaching staff.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2630 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2630 Year 1
Scotland £2630 Year 1
Wales £2630 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition and assessment.) There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example: Books (you will have access to an extensive range of electronic books and journals from your module reading lists in the LRC, but you may want to buy your own copies) Printing and photocopying Trips and enhancement opportunities If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
Contemporary Relationship Studies at DN Colleges Group - UCAS