Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Approaches)

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Approaches) Programme codePCT0PSYPSY05
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Within mental health settings Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a treatment for preventing relapse from depression is becoming increasingly adopted. The use of mindfulness-based treatments for other conditions and in a wider range of settings outside of healthcare is also on the increase. In this programme you will develop a foundational base of the theory and research surrounding MBCT and other Mindfulness-based Approaches (MBA). You will have considerable opportunity for developing and reflecting on a personal mindfulness practice. This foundation lays the basis for continuing on to the Postgraduate Diploma year.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Approaches) programme aims to update you with the latest research and theory in MBCT/MBA particularly drawing on the work within the Mood Disorders Centre at the University of Exeter. In this programme we aim to detail the knowledge underpinning MBCT/MBA from a psychological and Buddhist perspective. We aim to provide you with the experiential knowledge of a personal mindfulness practice and how this is fundamental to teaching MBCT/MBA. Although this year does not give you the necessary skills to begin to teach MBCT/MBA there will be opportunities to begin to lead some practices in a supportive learning environment preparing you for the Diploma.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

Stage 1


60 credits of compulsory and non-condonable modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSYM054 Introduction to Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches 30Yes
PSYM055 Applications of Mindfulness-based Teaching in Health and Mental Health Care and Beginning to Teach 30Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Provide evidence of experiential understanding of and reflect on the key components of MBCT/MBA
2. Develop and sustain a regular personal mindfulness practice
3. Describe the role of personal mindfulness practice for MBCT/MBA instructors

Developed primarily through personal mindfulness practice and participation in an intensive residential retreat.

You will have opportunities for inquiry/reflection with peers and teachers through personal practice, tutorials and workshops as part of the course curriculum.

Discussion and guidance from teachers, retreat leaders and peers will be the main modalities to support this learning.

A reflective journal will also support this learning.

3000 word essay from chosen titles

Formative presentations to peers/staff following 4 day retreat

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Select, organise and evaluate material to produce a coherent argument
5. Describe in detail the history and background of mindfulness and its use in health and mental health care
6. Critically evaluate the theoretical and empirical rationale for the application of mindfulness to particular clinical problems

Outcomes are developed throughout the programme in workshops, presentations and written work.

This involves in depth focus on the theory and research underpinning MBCT/MBA, including access to the work carried out in the Mood Disorders Centre and exploration of the lineage of mindfulness in Buddhist Psychology with the input of experienced Buddhist teachers.

All presented and written work attracts formative feedback from teachers that is intended to enable you to plan future improvements. You may discuss your progress further with programme staff during tutorials.

2 x 3000 word essays form chosen titles and personal choice within the field of theory/research of MBCT/MBA

2500 word proposal for evaluating an MBCT/MBA group

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Illustrate a deepened awareness of personal experience and responses to experience
8. Reflect upon personal practice, set personal learning goals and evaluate progress
9. Communicate understanding of theory and application to practice in written and verbal formats
10. Discuss empirical approaches to measuring and assessing the clinical benefits of MBCT/MBA

Outcomes will be developed through workshops, presentations and completing assignments and supported through formative assessment and tutorials.

2 x 3000 word essays form chosen titles and personal choice within the field of theory/research of MBCT/MBA

2500 word proposal for evaluating an MBCT/MBA group

Reflective journal 

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

You must pass all the modules in the table above. The pass mark for these modules is 50% with an additional requirement to pass all individual assessments within individual modules. If you fail any modules you will not be permitted to continue with the programme and your registration as a student will be terminated with immediate effect.

Following successful completion of the PGCert, you will be permitted to progress onto the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Approaches).

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

Within Psychology there is a well-equipped suite of PCs dedicated for postgraduate use, with further support provided by a dedicated IT and statistics helpdesk.

A range of services is available to support your study both from within Psychology. These include:

  • Team development programme.
  • Personal and professional development planning.
  • Student handbooks and programme guides.
  • Range of specialist advisors, including for: women students, non-school leavers, and overseas students.
  • Computing and Statistics Help Desk.
  • Virtual Resource Room and other web-based learning materials.
  • Clinically focused seminars, the ‘Think Tank’, provided by the Mood Disorders Centre.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

In addition candidates wishing to undertake the PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapies and Approaches) must meet the following criteria:

  • A  degree in Psychology or related topic
  • Requisite personal and interpersonal qualities (e.g. genuineness, compassion, warmth, empathy, potency – please see item 2 of the Mindfulness-Based Interventions Teacher Assessment Criteria MBI-TAC in the handbook)

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Approaches)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

60

ECTS credits

30

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

01/07/2011

Date of last revision

15/06/2016