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This part-time, Level 7 course is validated by University of Worcester and is available to study at Iron Mill College in Exeter over 8 months.

  • A contemporary programme, suitable for those offering, or wishing to offer, consultative or supervisory support to others as part of their work.
  • Part-time study over 8 weekends, designed to fit around your working commitments.
  • Suitable for those in a range of professions, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, coaches, human resources managers, psychologists, play therapists, mental health practitioners, nurses, teachers and trainers, social workers, probation officers and those working in health and social care roles.

This course is validated by University of Worcester:

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Course Details

Key features:

  • Encourages experienced practitioners in the Helping Professions to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for excellence and creativity in their provision of professional supervision. 
  • Offers opportunities to develop an advanced, critical understanding of the theory and development of a wide range of practice competencies, associated with clinical and staff supervision in a variety of settings.
  • Gives an understanding of a variety of structures and contexts, such as private practice, organisational and line management supervision, as well as individual, peer and group supervision.
  • This course is based on the principle that at its best, supervision is a time for supervisees to grow, share, celebrate, learn and gain support. It should facilitate strong development and encourage good practice within a relational safe space, where supervisees can process and manage the impact of the challenges and rewards of their work. Supervision must 'grow' with the supervisee, adapting to their level of skill and development.

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Possess at least a lower second-class Honours degree, or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • Be able to provide evidence of substantial experience within a relevant professional role.
  • Be able to provide evidence of your professional accountability, relating to a relevant code of conduct, ethical framework or code of practice.
  • Have access to at least two supervisees in monthly supervision for the duration of your training, who give permission for you to use brief recordings of supervision sessions (this allows you to gain formative feedback on your work).
  • Be willing to undertake an Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, plus an occupational health check, during the application process. 

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. 
Alternatively the Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.

Applicants not meeting the stated academic criteria, but who meet all of the other criteria listed above, are welcome to apply for a place on this course. This applies to applicants whose training resulted in entry to an established helping profession, where substantial experience has subsequently been gained, but on a course which did not provide the required Honours degree. If this applies to you, please contact the Course Lead in the first instance. The Course Lead will arrange for a suitable assessment to be offered, which is likely to require an essay and evidence of your ongoing CPD and professional training. The assessment will be carried out jointly by the Course Lead and the University of Worcester Link Tutor, and will help to establish the academic ability of an applicant to confidently undertake a Level 7 course.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL):

Entering the Postgraduate Certificate programme though RPEL:

We recognise that many experienced practitioners trained on programmes that were not validated at Level 6, and therefore are not able to meet the entry criteria for our Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision. The RPEL assessment process is intended to provide an opportunity for qualified and experienced practitioners to apply for a place on the programme, when the standard Level 6 entry requirement cannot be met.

Further RPL information:

Applicants can claim academic credit for relevant previous study or learning experiences ("prior learning"). If you can demonstrate that you have already achieved learning which is equivalent to one or more modules, or to a whole year or level of study, relating to the course you wish to apply for at the University of Worcester, then you may make a claim for recognition of that prior learning. This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Claims are not automatic; they have to be assessed by the university. Claims should be agreed at the point of entry to a programme, and are normally discussed and assessed alongside the application process. If your claim is successful it means that you do not have to take the modules for which credit has been awarded, or you may be able to enter directly to a higher level of study or into the second or third year of a course.

There are three forms of recognition of prior learning:

  • a) Credit transfer - recognition of credit or qualification at HE level (4 or above) awarded by a UK higher education degree-awarding body in accordance with the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
  • b) Recognition of prior certificated learning - (such as professional development awards or employment-based awards) which is a higher education level but which has not led to the award of credits or qualifications positioned on the relevant higher education qualifications framework;
  • c) Recognition of prior experiential or informal learning.

Details of how to apply for RPL, and the relevant forms, can be found on the 
University of Worcester's applications web page.

How to apply:

Applications for this course are made via the University of Worcester, using this link.

Please also let us know when you have submitted an application to the University of Worcester, by emailing enquiries@ironmill.co.uk. 

Upcoming intakes:

Exeter: October 2019 Weekend intake.

Dates coming soon!

How to apply:

Applications for this course are made via the University of Worcester, using this link.

Please also let us know when you have submitted an application to the University of Worcester, by emailing 


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