Entry Essay Guidance - IGA Diploma in Groupwork Practice

Applicants who do not have a first degree are required to submit an essay to demonstrate their theoretical ability. As a requirement for entry onto the Diploma Course the essay will be assessed to be to the required standard.

Essay Title:
Critically explore the therapeutic use of boundaries in a group

Essay Length:
The essay should be 1,500 words long

References and Bibliography:
The essay should quote and make direct reference to original group analytic texts, in particular Foulkes. The essay should include a fully annotated bibliography of texts referred to.

Marking Criteria:
Essay will be marked according to the criteria in the table below. Essays should demonstrate competence in each of these criteria.

Entry Essay Marking Criteria





Does the essay contain evidence of knowledge of the area outlined in the question – key issues and concepts and where appropriate, research or clinical evidence?         



Is the essay well-planned with a coherent structure and argument backed up by evidence and answering all aspects of the question set?



Are the ideas and arguments presented clearly and terms explained explicitly?


Quality of Analysis

Does the essay demonstrate evidence of understanding the issues discussed rather than offer a list of facts or other people’s explanations?



Does the essay demonstrate relevance for clinical practice?



Entry Essays will be marked by the Director of Training and a member of the National Team of Markers.

Applicants should submit essays to Samantha Evans, National Training Administrator,  sam@groupanalysis-uk.co.uk at least 1 month prior to the start date of the course.

Feedback: Applicants will be given written feedback from both markers

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