National College training is considered to be at a post graduate level. However, it is recognised that many people without a formal first degree make excellent therapists. The National College, therefore, operates a system of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL), where relevant life experience and transferable skills are taken into consideration. The course is at master’s level and so we need to check that all students are capable of working at this level. This can be demonstrated in many ways. The most obvious is having a degree or a degree level qualification, but if you do not, call or email to discuss your options.
The National College is protective of its reputation and so seeks to ensure a high calibre student body. All applicants are required to nominate referees but we understand that sometimes finding an academic referee is problematic (for example if you have been out of the world of study for some time). If this is the case, call or email to discuss. In addition, all applicants are required to sign a declaration, on the Student Application Form, and confirm that they understand their rights and obligations as students of the National College, if accepted, as outlined in this prospectus.
Those who have qualifications in hypnotherapy or psychotherapy with meaningful external accreditation may be entitled to APL. Each case is considered individually using established professional and QAA guidelines.
If thought necessary, applicants may be required to submit further details in support of their applications and will be invited for an informal telephone interview. However, the National College questions the usefulness of in depth prior interviews and, instead, regards one aspect of Stage One training (particularly the first weekend) as a “Country House” style interview, where students are observed in their interactions with tutors and other students.
In the event that any application is declined on the basis of an applicant not seeming to have the appropriate educational background to facilitate the National College training, recommendations are made about suitable additional education. Upon completion of any such further course, the applicant may reapply.
Personal interviews are conducted with sensitivity to Ethnic, Sexual, and Cultural inclusivity and with an eye on our Social Responsibilities as a training provider.
NB All applicants for APL are interviewed.
Prior to, or in the process of, applying, applicants may visit our offices to discuss the course and related issues. This opportunity remains open for the duration of training, and the National College offices are staffed during normal office hours, other than Bank Holidays, throughout the year to deal with telephone, and other, enquiries. For an insight into the National College’s training, potential applicants are invited to attend an hour or two of a current course. NB: this is strictly by arrangement with the Course Co-ordinator.
In a profession where life experience is considered a definite asset, and few, if any, clients are prepared to consult a practitioner whom they consider to be too young, all applicants would normally be expected to have reached the age of 25 years prior to the commencement of the course.
This regulation may be relaxed in exceptional circumstances, notably in the case of a psychology graduate whose application is supported by his/her psychology tutor, where the student will have attained the age of 25 before the end of the course or those who can give good reason for wanting to start the training.
This restriction is applied to protect the student, however, all applications will be considered on an individual basis.