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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1 year

UK fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

International fee

£2,625 (2020/21)

Course level



PG Cert

Start dates

January, September, May



Online course description

If applying for September 2020 intake:
Application deadline is 6 September and term starts 21 September, so apply now.

For many practitioners becoming a trained Clinical Supervisor is the next step in developing as a professional. Clinical Supervision involves combining your professional knowledge and experience, a range of relevant theory and practices, with awareness and intuition. You can further establish yourself and your credibility while maximising the numbers of people you can work with.

This is the only online postgraduate qualification of its kind in the UK – specially developed for professional practitioners who are providing, or are aiming to provide, clinical supervision to a range of different health professionals including counsellors, psychotherapists, nurses, psychologists or occupational therapists. It may also be of interest to those working in human services with a counselling role who supervise similarly qualified individuals. The course is completely online so it enables you to develop and consolidate your knowledge and skills in this very specific area alongside your current professional life.

Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings, or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures. You’ve got the control to be able to study when it suits you.

A high quality online clinical supervision course

This online Clinical Supervision Postgraduate Certificate course is Quality Checked training by the National Counselling Society (NCS).

The NCS is a not for profit organisation whose primary purpose is the advancement of counselling and psychotherapy.

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Online study and interaction – invaluable for this reflective course

As well as all the usual benefits that you get when you study online, such as the convenience of being able to work from anywhere, the Clinical Supervision course is particularly suited to online distance learning because it requires a great deal of flexibility, self-appraisal and reflection. This requires time, thought, and the synthesis of accessible theory and practice in different ways. On this course, if you think of an idea, issue or problem, you can post your thoughts (to your Personal Journal or to a Group Discussion Board) straight away. Whereas, in traditional class-based learning, such important moments can be lost.

In addition, this course attracts a range of practitioners from around the world, who work at many different levels, in different organisations. You all have one thing in common, a desire to facilitate others in their professional practice. This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to network and interact with such like-minded individuals in the pursuit of your own learning and growth.

26thout of 121 UK institutions**Guardian University Guide 2020
90%of students agree that they were encouraged to make contributions in taught sessions.**Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019
90%of students agree, as a result of the course, they feel better prepared for their career.**Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2019

A talk from our Academic Lead

Listen to our recording of the Academic Lead for Clinical Supervision, Yasu Kotera talking more about the online Clinical Supervision Postgraduate Certificate course.

Our Academic Lead, Yasu Kotera, talks about the online Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Supervision

View our online Clinical Supervision Postgraduate Certificate course introduction video transcript

What you will study

If you work within a profession where the development of practitioners is seen as vital, then Clinical Supervision is one way in which this, and the quality of service provision, is ensured. You will study the relevant literature from your specific profession. During this course, you will:

In addition, an integral part of the process is that you will focus on your self-awareness through experiential learning processes and will also gain feedback on practice. You will develop your presence, impact and authority and will also have fun learning with other practitioners as motivated as yourself.

There is no requirement for you to engage in actual clinical supervision as part of the intention of the course is to develop these skills.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

Postgraduate certificatePostgraduate certificate

Code: 7CL529

Skills in Supervisory Practice

Providing a contextualised framework for practice, this module will examine the development of the supervisory relationship within clinical practice. The module will develop your understanding of the skills required for a clinical supervisor with particular focus on the development of the supervisory relationship. It will facilitate you to understand some of the issues that may arise with conducting clinical supervision and the skills required to offer a high quality supervision.

This module will guide you to develop a sound understanding of the skills and attributes that are used in supervisory practice, considering your use of these skills within your practice.

You will have the opportunity to review key literature surrounding clinical supervision, and synthesise this within your supervisory practice. Focus will be given to the underlying research base on which clinical supervision skills to be developed.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically examine the development, maintenance, and limitations of the supervisory alliance within individual and group frameworks
  2. Critically evaluate the supervisory role, skills, and performance within the supervisory relationship

Module content

The module will focus on the personal and clinical skills required and underlying theories in relation to supervisory practice. The following are indicative content:

  • The development of the supervisory alliance
  • Barriers to developing the supervisory alliance
  • Ruptures within the supervisory alliance
  • The context of supervisory practice within the clinical setting
  • Communication skills within supervisory practice
  • Facilitating supervisory practice
  • Enabling group supervision
  • Assessment within supervisory practice
  • Critical review on the use of supervision
  • Sensitivity within the supervisory alliance
  • Personal development as a clinical supervisor
  • Goal setting within clinical supervision
  • Developing supervisory networks
  • Evaluating effectiveness within clinical supervision
  • Structuring supervision
  • Managing the supervisory experience
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20 Credits

Code: 7CL530

Concepts and Theories within Supervisory Practice

This module will introduce you to the theories and concepts that are relevant to supervisory practice. This module provides you with the opportunity to critically consider the available models and concepts that are relevant to your area of practice. It then encourages you to consider the application of these models and provides you with the opportunity to create a model of clinical supervision that is bespoke to your own practice area. In doing this you will have the opportunity to take the most relevant models and concepts and customise them to your own and your supervisee’s specific requirements.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse major theoretical positions and their explanation of the relational and process aspects of supervision
  2. Synthesise supervisory and educational theories, and apply them creatively to complex supervisory processes and practice

Module content

  • The module will focus on the personal and clinical skills required and underlying theories in relation to supervisory practice. The following are indicative content:
  • Theories of supervisory practice
  • Learning theories in the supervisory process
  • Enhancing learning through supervisory theories
  • Epistemological viewpoints within clinical supervision
  • Historical concepts of clinical supervision
  • Development of theory within clinical supervision
  • Theory to practice application in individual settings
  • Theory application to group supervision
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20 Credits

Code: 7CL531

Issues and Debates in Supervisory Practice

This module will introduce you to some of the issues and debates that may arise as you practice as a clinical supervisor. You will participate in reflection on your own values and beliefs systems and deliberate the ethical and legal dilemmas that may occur within clinical supervisory practice. The module will provide you with the opportunity to contemplate your practice within personal and organisational contexts, review the issues that may arise and propose actions that you might take.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically reflect upon personal values, ethical issues and legal stances within the framework of clinical supervisory practice
  2. Critically evaluate clinical supervision within individual and organisational contexts

Module content

The module will focus on the issues and debates that can arise within clinical supervision. The following are indicative content:

  • Good practice in clinical supervision
  • Enduring standards of clinical supervision
  • Sensitivity within the supervisory context
  • The reflective supervisory practitioner
  • Legal and ethical issues within the context of supervisory practice
  • Clinical supervision within the organisational context
  • Professional codes within the supervisory practice
  • Developing and using supervisory networks
  • Dynamics within group supervision
  • The mechanics of agenda setting
  • Economic evaluation and its application to supervision
  • Failing to fail within the supervisory context - supporting and reporting on poor standards
  • Outcome measures in supervision
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

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Yasuhiro Kotera
Programme leader

Academic Lead in Counselling, Yasuhiro Kotera, has been Academic Lead for online Counselling and Psychotherapy courses since 2014 and has been researching into mental health and neuro-linguistic programming.

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How you will learn online

Our Clinical Supervision Postgraduate Certificate course taster will give you an idea of how online learning works. It includes a selection of content from a course module so you can see what some of our learning material looks like.

You will need to complete a short form to access the course taster.

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Study Counselling, CBT and Psychotherapy Online Webinar

Tuesday, 1 September 2020 16.00 - 17.00

Join this webinar to discover more about studying Counselling and CBT online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead for Counselling.

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Entry requirements

You'll need to:

If you can show you have undertaken learning that is equivalent to a module of the course, you may wish to claim credits for prior learning. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) can however only be claimed for a maximum of one module. 

You do not need to have a supervisee or supervisory practice experience to enrol onto this course.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £875 3 £2,625

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


This course aims to help experienced health and social care practitioners develop both personally and professionally. It is ideally suited if you wish to:

This course will provide you with the theoretical knowledge to offer clinical supervision to both existing professionals as well as students who are commencing their careers and require the guidance of suitably qualified and experienced clinical supervisors. It will, therefore, enhance your career within the profession as well as enable you to progress academically onto a doctoral level of study.

If you are seeking to gain accreditation as a supervisor with your professional body, this course offers a curriculum of clinical supervision that can be used as evidence of academic commitment to the development of your skills.

Progression routes

Progression from this programme can be into the Doctorate of Health and Social Care practice but graduates of this programme may also need to consider their CPD and therefore may access some of the CPD materials.

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