Personal development

Certificate and Workshops

(ATTENTION! The Certificate is currently under content review. A new more accessible version and the next student intake are expected in Fall 2021)

In addition to offering 1-1 counselling, the Counselling Service works with students on personal development issues.

Throughout the year the Counselling Service organises workshops on various personal issues, including exam anxiety, relaxation, stopping smoking, stress management, motivation, goal setting etc. For more information check regularly our webpages and/or Twitter account.

The Certificate in Personal Development and Emotional Awareness is a new programme, which you can complete through a combination of distance learning, occasional workshops and the completion of a creative journal.

The programme has been developed in part as a response to some of the comments being made by many employer organisations, who describe their workforces as very skilled and resourceful but less able to deal with the reflective, emotional and social aspects of the workplace. The programme, therefore, attempts to provide you with some of these skills and aptitudes.

The course is free to students currently studying at London Met. Your achievement will be recognised in your Higher Education Academic Record (HEAR) which you receive along with your degree certificate.

Counselling is not just about helping you to address challenges and problems in your life. The Counselling Service is keen to work with students who are interested in growing and achieving their full academic, creative and personal potential. This is another reason why we have written this short personal development course.

The course is not just attempting to help you in your future employment. It is bigger and more important than this. You are more than your job, more than a student, more than someone's mate,  so the course aims to help you develop as a valuable person.

In writing the programme, we wanted to move away from the traditional way of learning and assessing. We wanted the course to be creative and to accommodate a variety of learning styles. We also wanted to design a course which would allow you to take your explorations in a variety of directions and outside the core content.

  • The course is theoretical, personal, creative, practical and exploratory
  • You study in your own way and in your own time
  • There are no deadlines, though we advise you not to take too long because this can reduce your motivation
  • Free to students at London Met
  • Six 3-4 hour modules, a total of 18-24 (plus) hours study time
  • Study at your own pace - no deadlines
  • Distance learning with email support and, if you wish, opportunities to study with others on the programme
  • Supplemented with workshops
  • Illustrated Study Guide provided
  • Assessed by submitting a personal journal
  • Designed, delivered and supported by experienced staff in the University Counselling Service

The course consists of six different mini-modules and each mini-module represents at least four hours of engagement, though you can do more if you wish, and it helps if you do. The mini-modules vary from year to year and those for 2017-18 are as follows:

  • Set Clear Compelling Goals - A Journey Towards a Successful Outcome
  • The Many Faces of My Learning Style
  • Self-awareness - Improving Relationships & Enriching Your Student Experience
  • Building Self Confidence - Assertiveness & Self Care
  • Calming the Restless Mind - Mindfulness in Everyday Life
  • Mental Health, Language and Social Inclusion

The course will and will not be assessed. It is impossible and disrespectful to assess your development as a person. We all develop in different ways and at different paces and there is no measure for this. What we are looking for is full and genuine engagement with the course so, we ask you to keep a Creative Personal Journal for the duration of the course, and you will submit this at the end.  

When you begin the modules, you will notice that each module contains, among other things, lots of questions, exercises and, what we call, life experiments. We ask you to record your responses to these in the journal. We also encourage you to use your journal creatively and in ways of your own, so that it becomes a central part of your life, enabling you to be more reflective.

To register for the programme please use one of the registrations cards or send us an email with the following information (Attn: Andy Connolly)

  • Full Name:
  • Student ID:
  • Email Address (please write clearly):
  • Telephone:
  • Your main course of study:

Best Wishes - If you participate fully and openly, the programme will be a very demanding and challenging experience, and we hope a fascinating and highly enjoyable one as well. We wish you well.

For additional information and/or queries please contact the programme's coordinator Andy Connolly on: 

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