Certificate Support and supervision

Year of entry

Supervision can and should play an important role in enabling those in the helping professions to reflect on and develop the service they provide to clients.

It can support practitioners in their role and enhance and encourage their professional development. It is essential, therefore, that the ‘helping professions’ (education, health and social care, for example) incorporate supervision into their delivery plans and are clear as to its value.

This course seeks to continue to provide the opportunity for quality training for those people who will be offering supervision within the helping context. The aim of the course is to provide an assessed course of study to enable managers, team leaders, and supervisors from a range of disciplines and employment settings to develop a common understanding of the role of supervision within the helping context.

Successful completion of the qualification will enable you to offer supervision within your organisation. It is, however, an introductory course, and of insufficient length to include assessed practice in the workplace.

You will review and develop your knowledge of supervision, learning about the theories and concepts underpinning effective supervision practice and developing a skills base on which to frame your interventions, thus enhancing your capabilities in facilitating a supervisory relationship.

The content of the course reflects the skills, knowledge and values required to offer an effective supervision relationship. The emphasis is on the development of the capability of the supervisor to offer this relationship, using experiential methods and practical examples drawn from the work of helping professionals nationally.

Day one – orientation to the course and introduction to supervision 
The first day includes an introduction to the programme and an overview of the whole course, including a brief explanation of the assignment task. The day focuses on exploring a rationale for supervision within the work context. 

Day two – preparing for supervision 
You will focus on effective preparation for supervision. You will consider issues such as creating an appropriate learning environment, being sensitive to the dynamics and boundaries of the relationship between supervisee and supervisor and being cognisant of the principles and approaches to anti oppressive and reflective practice. 

Day three – establishing the supervision relationship 
You will focus on establishing the supervisory relationship. You will have the opportunity to explore the nature and the importance of developing an effective ’working alliance’ between the supervisor and supervisee.

You will consider issues such as relationship-building, establishing expectations, contracting, confidentiality and informed consent. You will also examine the impact of dealing with diverse learning styles in supervision.

Day four – developing the supervisory relationship 
You will examine the factors that impact on the development of the supervisory relationship in more detail. You will focus on the ways in which different models of supervision might be facilitated in practice, including managerial and non-managerial approaches etc., and be introduced to a range of theoretical approaches and models for supervision. 

Day five – the working alliance 
You will focus on the strategies and interventions for promoting a culture of reflective practice and it considers approaches that can enable participants to work in more depth in their supervisory practice. 

Day six – ending the supervisory relationship 
You will reflect on your learning and supervision practice during their eight- week study gap. The day focuses on ‘endings’ and explores issues and techniques around closure and ending the supervisory relationship. 

This course is designed for those who wish to offer supervision in their workplace. You may be in a helping profession or manage a team of practitioners.

You do not have to be employed in a ‘helping’ capacity to do this course.

This standalone short course will provide you with the knowledge and understanding needed to establish a programme of supervision within a ‘helping’ organisation such as a school, college, third sector, probation or youth support service.

As a Level 5 course, it will not give direct access to postgraduate opportunities but would be an advantage if applying to our MA in Career Management or other relevant postgraduate programmes. 

Sessions will include:

  • Practice and simulation exercises
  • Small group discussion
  • Paired supervision sessions reviewing practice and learning during the course
  • Video review work
    • Review exercises on a range of issues, using the knowledge base involved in the supervision process

The course is structured around six days of lectures with time between to reflect on what you have learnt in a work based setting if possible. 

A qualified and experienced practitioner in supervision will teach the course. .

The assessment of the course incorporates two elements in order to assess the understanding of theory and the development of reflective professional practice.  

The implications for practice and reflective professional development are assessed in assignment 1. In assignment 2 students will critically analyse the underpinning theory that informs the process(es) of support and supervision.

Assignment 1 
A reflective and critical commentary of the student’s own understanding and approach to support and supervisory practice and how this has been impacted upon by their learning during this course. This will include an action plan for future professional development 50% (2000 words)

Assignment 2 
A critical analysis of the theoretical basis for the process(es) of support and supervision 50% (2000 words) 


The fees for 2018/2019 are yet to be confirmed. 

2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Fee Per ModuleUK/EUOverseas
Full-time  N/A N/A
Part-time  TBC N/A

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. 

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Please read our guidance on how to apply online.

For further information about this course and for a start date for the next cohort, please email Dr Anne Chant.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
University Certificate in Support and Supervision apply
Canterbury 6 months part-time January 2021
University Certificate in Support and Supervision apply
Medway 6 months part-time January 2021

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 months part-time (over 6 days)

Entry requirements

  • Level 4 qualification or relevant experience



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