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, whether it is in person or online.
What will you be offering from September 2021 onwards?
Updated 3 June 2021:
With the roadmap out of lockdown and the successful roll out of the vaccination programme being on track in the UK, we plan to return to full face to face teaching from September 2021 onwards.
However, uncertainty still exists on whether social distancing restrictions will still be in place. This may mean that fewer students will be allowed into the building at any one time, so please be aware that we may need to change timetables slightly to accommodate potential changes in class sizes.
There is also the possibility that some students and staff may need to continue to self-isolate, so we may need to prepare for some small online only teaching groups, at least for Term 1.
What will happen if Covid-19 cases rise again during the summer?
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 on the upcoming 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, but plan to open the Minster Centre building and continue the blended model for 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 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.”
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 plan to maintain this 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 Summer 2021. We plan to offer more training in working online in future.
How will you reduce risk when face to face teaching resumes?
We will be following the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene that apply at the time. We are also working with the Department of Education to conduct onsite asymptomatic testing of both staff and students, as well as providing home testing kits.
During Term 1, when students came into the building they remained in their teaching groups in a designated set of rooms with access to designated communal facilities; there were only a limited number of students in at any one time. Facilities were set up for 2m social distancing and there were additional cleaning and hand sanitising arrangements in place.
Once face to face teaching resumes, 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.
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].