Information for prospective students
We believe there will be a greater need for therapists in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and our aim is do everything we can to support our students to complete their qualifications and to offer excellent training.
What will you be offering from September 2021 onwards?
Updated 22 October 2021:
The 2021-22 academic year is underway with the vast majority of the training taking place in person. We have made provision for small groups of students and staff who for health reasons wished to remain online for some of their training.
What will happen if Covid-19 cases continue to rise alongside seasonal colds and fluduring the autumn/winter period?
We will follow the current government guidelines at the time. This may mean that we revert back to a blended teaching model or to teaching fully online. We will keep arrangements under review so that we can adjust them as things develop.
How did online teaching work during the previous lockdowns?
We have learnt an immense amount about blended and online learning over the past year and can bring our new expertise to bear this academic year if it is needed.
We went online just before Easter 2020 and from September 2020 offered a blended teaching model, which meant that we offered as much in person training as we could in Term 1 (following strict Covid safety guidelines). We unfortunately had to move to all online teaching in Term 2 and used the blended model for some groups in Term 3.
At the start of the pandemic and first lockdown, we 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. Some students and staff found working online more tiring than face to face so we adjusted the learning sessions to include more breaks and smaller group discussions to try to counteract this. We were 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.”
Will it be possible to work with clients?
During 2020-21, we supported students to continue working with their clients online by providing additional training and guidance and we are supporting our students to safely move back to in person client work where possible for the 2021-22 academic year.
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 from Autumn 2021. We plan to offer more training in working online in future.
How will you reduce risk during face to face teaching?
All staff and students are encouraged to protect themselves and others against Covid-19 (and if possible, flu) by being vaccinated, unless medically advised not to do so. Staff and students are also requested to take a regular self-administered lateral-flow test, ideally on the day they are due to attend the Minster Centre. If the test shows positive the member of staff or student should not come in and should arrange for a free PCR test as soon as possible.
As we are now entering the colds and flu season, it may be that we will be particularly susceptible to colds and flu, and other viruses, this year, after low rates last winter (because we were having less contact). This could make some people more unwell and if many staff and students are ill at the same time it could make it more challenging for us to operate. Therefore, we are asking staff and students to use their judgement here and bear in mind general advice about not spreading illness.
We have ensured there will be ventilation in our training rooms and staff and students are encouraged to wear masks and respect personal space wherever possible in the building.
When coming into the Minster Centre, will I be able to park my car or bike?
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 offer of a 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.
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].