Information for prospective students - September 2020/21

It is hard to predict the future right now so we are planning to be as flexible as possible in what we offer in the coming months.  We believe there will be a greater need for therapists in the aftermath of this pandemic and our aim is do everything we can to support our students to complete their qualifications and to offer excellent training, whether it is in person or online.

What will you be offering in September?

Updated 10 Aug 2020:

Due to the developments of the Coronavirus situation over the past few weeks, we are now planning to start the first term for the Foundation Year by mostly teaching online, with some experiential weekends to be held in person (if possible). 

For Year 1, we are planning to offer a mix of online and face to face teaching - a blended model.  You will be offered the opportunity to come into the Minster Centre for some in-person teaching whilst other parts of the course will stay online.  

For all years we hope that the proportion of the course which is face to face can increase as the academic year goes on. We will be prioritising those parts of the courses and those stages of training that would most benefit from in-person contact.

We are aiming to be as flexible as possible.  If you cannot come into the building for whatever reason you will be able to study fully online for at least the first term.

We will keep arrangements under review so that we can adjust them as things develop.

What will happen if there is a further lockdown?

We will move back to fully online provision if there is a further lockdown that affects us or if we judge that the health risk levels have increased and we need to stop face- to-face teaching.

How has online teaching gone this year?

We went online just before the Easter break.  We have built Zoom into our virtual learning package so we could provide a secure platform for live discussions and teaching sessions and personal development groups, supported by access to online learning resources.  We have been able to offer virtually all the teaching contact we would have offered normally. We believe we have managed to transfer much of the ethos of the Minster and the experiential learning we offer.

A student commented:

“In many ways it was 'as if' we were at the Minster.  The break out sessions were great.”

Some students and staff have found working online more tiring than face to face; we have adjusted the learning session to include more breaks and smaller group discussions to try to counteract this. We have also learnt from experience of this term and can now plan the coming year with that learning in mind so the training we offer online from September is even better.

Will it be possible to work with clients?

During lockdown we have supported students to continue working with their clients online by providing additional training and guidance.  We have been offering online therapy through the Minster Centre therapy service (MCPCS).  Some placements have also offered online sessions and others are beginning to do this.  Depending on social distancing requirements we anticipate that our own service and placements will begin to offer face to face sessions in the coming months.  We will also maintain online working, at least into the autumn.  We plan to offer more training in working online in future.

How will you reduce risk when we come in for face to face teaching?

We will be following the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene that apply at the time.  At present we are planning that when students do come into the building they will remain in their teaching groups in a designated set of rooms with access to designated communal facilities; there will only be a limited number of students in at any one time.  There will be further measures in place to ensure and protect everyone’s health and wellbeing. Staff are working on the details of them now and they will be ready fully by September.

Will I be able to park my car or bike at the Minster Centre?

Unfortunately we have very limited car parking at the Centre so we cannot offer parking to students unless you are blue badge holder.  It is possible to leave bicycles outside the building and there are places to secure bikes to railings on Lonsdale Road.  We cannot store bikes inside the building.

When do I have to decide if I want to take up a place?

After your interview you will receive an offer with an acceptance date on the contract.  Please respond by that date to secure your place.

Can I defer my place?

You may defer your place for one year, however, once you have paid your deposit it is non-refundable and will not normally be transferred to the following year, unless we are able to recruit another student to fill your space.  We will retain half your deposit to cover our administrative costs and the loss of income if we cannot fill the space.

Can I still attend an open event?

We are offering online open events. Please see our EVENTS page.

If you have further queries please contact our admissions team at [email protected].

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