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Frequently Asked Questions - Tutor

What are awarding bodies?

Is CSCT an awarding body?


Does CSCT specify assessment requirements for QCF qualifications?

How can I find out what the assessment requirements are?

What are the awarding bodies' responsibilities?

 
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What are the centres' responsibilities?

What are the tutors' responsibilities?

What is CSCT's role?

What does CSCT publish?

Who approves/endorses CSCT materials?

What are guided learning hours (GLH) and what exactly do they involve?

How can Centres describe CSCT courses in their prospectus?

What is meant by 'descriptor'? (CPCAB)

Will the descriptors be available at all levels?

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT BY THE AWARDING BODY
How is the external assessment organised and how will it be different from the EV system already in place?

What is the CPCAB?

Does the BACP accredit CSCT courses?


What do the levels on the Qualification and Credit Framework mean?

What do CSCT training materials consist of?

What support will CSCT give?


INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (CPCAB)
Will trainees be able to take the CSCT Counselling Skills (for CPCAB level 2 qualification CSK02 or CSK02 with descriptor) and the CSCT Counselling Studies (for CPCAB level 3 qualification CST03) concurrently?

What is the structure of the CSCT Counselling Studies for CPCAB CST03 qualification?

THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING PROGRAMME
What theoretical models are available for the CSCT Therapeutic Counselling Programme for CPCAB qualification TC04?

Are there any changes regarding requirements for 'supervised client work experience (placement) agreement' for Therapeutic Counselling Programme trainees?

Who regulates trainees' supervised client work experience (placements)?

Is there a requirement for personal counselling or therapy?

How can trainees find a suitable counsellor or therapist?


What are awarding bodies?
Awarding bodies are organizations (e.g. CPCAB, AQA, NCFE, City and Guilds, ABC/Centra , Edexcel) that are approved by the UK government through the Qualifications Curriculum Authority to offer a range of funded qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework.

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Is CSCT an awarding body?

No, CSCT is not an awarding body. CSCT is a counselling training provider and publisher of counselling training programmes. CSCT writes counselling training materials that meet the Qualifications and Credit Framework specifications of nationally approved awarding bodies.

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Does CSCT specify assessment requirements for QCF qualifications?
No. Only awarding bodies can specify assessment requirements for QCF qualifications. As CSCT is NOT an awarding body, it has no responsibility for the design and specification of assessment requirements or criteria for National Qualifications. CSCT counselling training programmes are written so that trainees will be prepared to meet the awarding body's assessment requirements.

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How can I find out what the assessment requirements are?
All awarding bodies publish QCA approved specifications for QCF qualifications, which will include their assessment requirements, other regulations and procedures for each qualification. These can be obtained directly from the relevant awarding body. Tutors need to set and implement a robust assessment schedule/programme that meets the awarding body's requirements.

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What are the awarding bodies' responsibilities?
To design qualifications that meet QCA requirements; approve of and register centres, tutors and candidates; standardise tutors; externally verify centres. To design and set assessment and qualification requirements, externally assess trainees; award certificates to successful trainees

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What are the centres' responsibilities?
To register the centre with an awarding body or awarding bodies; to employ tutors, to programme courses, apply for funding and select trainees; to internally verify each course.
To implement equal opportunities, anti-discriminatory practice and appeals procedures.

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What are the tutors' responsibilities?
To register the course and candidates with the awarding body, to set and implement an assessment programme that meets the awarding body's specifications. To deliver the training and assess trainees.

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What is CSCT's responsibility?
To keep aware of and respond to QCA and awarding bodies' changes to counselling qualifications. To design, write and publish counselling training programmes that
a) meet awarding bodies' programmes of study for each qualification
b) prepare trainees for awarding bodies' qualifications

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What does CSCT publish?
CSCT publishes structured counselling training programmes. CSCT tutor guides have session plans for (at least) the specified minimum guided learning hours of a range of courses, and CSCT trainee guides provide ample topic material. CSCT's aim is to provide thorough programmes of study that will prepare trainees to meet awarding body specifications for QCF counselling skills and counselling qualifications. In addition, CSCT also offers a number of (non QCF) short courses and workshops at Introductory and CPD levels, that address a range of counselling specialisms.
How long has CSCT been a counselling training provider?
CSCT has been specialising in Counselling Training for over 30 years.

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Who approves/endorses CSCT materials?
There is currently no statutory requirement either in respect of application for funding, or in the running of any specific qualification, for educational material written to QCF qualifications to be endorsed either by an Awarding Body or the Qualifications Curriculum Authority. However, as part of CSCT's commitment to the national provision of high quality counselling training programmes, CSCT continues to collaborate with awarding bodies (e.g. CPCAB, AQA) in a quality assurance process..

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What are guided learning hours (GLH) and what exactly do they involve?

The definition of GLH is all time when a member of staff is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied on a course/programme. This includes lectures, workshops, tutorials, and supervised studying. It does not include time spent by staff in the day-to-day marking of assignments or homework where the learner is not present. It does not include hours where supervision or assistance is of a general nature and is not specific to the study of the learners. Most awarding bodies specify a range of guided learning hours for a qualification rather than a fixed number. This allows centres flexibility in course programming.

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How can Centres describe CSCT courses in their prospectus?
CSCT training programmes can be described as CSCT courses, for example: CSCT Counselling Skills (Intermediate). However, in your section on the qualifications/awarding body, you need to inform readers about the relevant awarding body. Please note that they are not "joint" awards. CSCT provides the training programmes, and the awarding body provides the qualifications/awards. CSCT is not an awarding body.

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What is meant by 'descriptor'? (CPCAB)
A CPCAB descriptor specifies the context within which a CPCAB qualification is delivered and therefore represents a particular application of the qualification concerned. The descriptor takes the form of a word or phrase, e.g. Working with Addictions, which appears, in addition to the formal qualification title, on awarded certificates/diplomas. It is important to note that the descriptor does not change the formal CPCAB qualification title.
CPCAB Descriptors indicate, with regard to Centre courses, one of the following two contexts within which the qualification is delivered:
1. Working with specific therapeutic techniques or orientations/approaches, e.g. using a Humanistic, Psychodynamic or Cognitive-Behavioural approach etc
2. Working with specific client groups, problem areas or simulated/placement workplace settings (including cultural settings), e.g. working with young people, or working with bereavement and loss, or working within health settings.
Descriptors do not change the CPCAB assessment criteria for the qualification. All candidates for all qualifications (whether they include a descriptor or not) must satisfy the CPCAB assessment criteria contained in the qualification. Nor does the use of descriptors involve a variation to the qualification units (all of the CPCAB's qualification units are mandatory).

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Will the descriptors be available at all levels?
Please refer to the table of course availability.

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EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT BY THE AWARDING BODY
How is the external assessment organised and how will it be different from the EV system already in place?

Tutors do not assess this element of the course. The awarding body will set and assess the external assessment element for every course - and will notify centres of this. Candidates will have to pass both internal and external assessment elements to pass the course.

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What is the CPCAB?

CPCAB stands for The Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. CPCAB has been providing qualifications and awards since 1993, and is a nationally approved awarding body. This means that CPCAB is authorised by the UK Government (Qualifications Curriculum Authority) to award counselling and psychotherapy qualifications, currently at Further Education levels (2-3) and Higher Education levels (4-5) and mapped to the Qualifications and Credit Framework. Managed by professional counselling practitioners, trainers and supervisors, the CPCAB is based on a coherent structure of trainee development that is carried through every level.

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Does the BACP accredit CSCT courses?
CSCT training programmes cannot be accredited as such, as centre staffing and internal programme evaluation form part of the accreditation standards and criteria. It is up to each college to apply for course recognition. BACP course recognition does not automatically give a graduate accreditation status, as this needs to be applied for individually. All CSCT courses are designed to meet the training hours requirements for individuals applying for BACP accreditation, and graduates can do so after 3 years post-qualifying supervised counselling practice. Many CSCT graduates have become BACP accredited counsellors.

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What do the levels on the Qualification and Credit Framework mean?

The levels have been established by the Qualifications Curriculum Authority to create nationally recognised standards of achievement within further education. Counselling qualifications begin at Level 2 - broadly equivalent to GCSE level, followed by Level 3 - equivalent to 'A' level qualifications. Level 4 qualifications are equivalent to degree level (higher education).

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What do CSCT training materials consist of?

Both CSCT tutor and trainee guides are designed to meet the rigorous standards of detailed session plans required by FE college inspectors. Session plans include aims and learning outcomes for the session, and there are questions for tutors and trainees to evaluate their teaching. The aim is to make the session plans educationally sound, thus meeting the requirement for college quality assurance.

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What support will CSCT give?

CSCT will continue to provide all centres with free client services support and guidance to assist with the implementation and running of counselling courses.

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INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (CPCAB)

Will trainees be able to take the CSCT Counselling Skills (for CPCAB level 2 qualification CSK02 or CSK02 with descriptor) and the CSCT Counselling Studies (for CPCAB level 3 qualification CST03) concurrently?

CSCT recommends that trainees have successfully completed CSCT Counselling Skills before embarking on the CSCT Counselling Studies. This is because CSCT Counselling Studies builds on the listening, interpersonal and counselling skills learnt in the CSCT Certificate in Counselling Skills. The Skills course is aimed at an informal level of helping/listening, and introduces basic counselling skills. CSCT Counselling Studies will, after a short revision of counselling/helping skills learnt in the Skills course, work on the assumption that trainees are well capable of holding boundaried counselling skills interactions. It is a preparation for the counselling diploma programme and introduces trainees to the role of the counsellor and the agency framework.

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What is the structure of the CSCT Counselling Studies for CPCAB CST03 qualification?
CSCT Counselling Studies will focus on preparing trainees for the CSCT Therapeutic Counselling Programme, and includes material on the professional framework (i.e. working in agencies), counselling practice training, as well as an overview of the 3 theoretical approaches (humanistic, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural). The theory addressed will be readily applicable to preparing to work with clients. Trainees will also be introduced to Supervision.

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Therapeutic Counselling Programme
What theoretical models are available for the CSCT Therapeutic Counselling Programme for CPCAB qualification TC04?

Humanistic, Psychodynamic or Integrative.

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Are there any changes regarding requirements for 'supervised client work experience (placement) agreement' for Therapeutic Counselling Programme trainees?
Yes. CSCT is not an awarding body, so does not specify any requirements for any part of QCF qualifications. CSCT makes suggestions that reflect the BACP ethical framework for good practice, and awarding body specifications. Please follow BACP guidelines for supervised client work experience (placements) and consult the awarding body documents for the requirements of the qualification.

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Who regulates trainees' supervised client work experience (placements)?

Tutors are responsible for liaising with counselling agencies where appropriate, and ensuring that trainees fully understand and adhere to the awarding body's and the centre's requirements for supervised client work experience.

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Is there a requirement for personal counselling or therapy?
Awarding bodies may specify a minimum number of hours of personal counselling to be undertaken during training. However, centres/colleges may choose to require trainees to undertake a greater number of hours of counselling or therapy, and trainees are expected to adhere to college requirements.

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How can trainees find a suitable counsellor or therapist?

In looking for a counsellor or therapist, trainees are encouraged to consult the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Directory or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) register. Alternatively, talk to the course tutor about what to look for in a counsellor or therapist.

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