Taught course

Counselling Children and Young People (PG Dip)

University of South Wales · Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

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Entry requirements

  • Counselling qualification at diploma level as well as post qualifying counselling experience and/or experience of working with young people
  • You must be a registered member of an appropriate professional body, such as the BACP or equivalent
  • A minimum of 100 supervised hours of counselling practice
  • Two references uploaded with your application (one must be from your clinical supervisor)
  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check by the University

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People was the first postgraduate course of its kind. It incorporates the BACP Counselling Young People training curriculum (11- 18 years) and is designed for qualified Counsellors and Psychotherapists who want to continue their professional development and enhance their career prospects with in-depth training in counselling children and young people.

It offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, providing a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people. It can be used as a stand-alone qualification or be part of a two year masters in Counselling Children and Young People.

You will develop an appreciation of the differences in working with this group as opposed to adults, and of the theories and practical skills necessary to communicate and connect with this client group.

Additional benefits include the opportunity to gain an insight into children’s services and the legal and ethical challenges of working with this age group; a practice placement in a school or youth setting; and a learning package which includes block teaching and distance learning, enabling you to study and work in tandem.

What you will study

The counselling CYP course is highly experiential in nature and you will use your own ‘inner adolescent’ and a wide range of creative tools in learning how to work therapeutically with children in both formal and informal settings.

This is a 60 credit course.

Therapeutic work with Children and Young People – 40 credits

This module has an explicit focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to create a framework within which to counsel children and young people. It provides a sound base in the theories of child development and attachment which affect the child and adolescent’s emotional and cognitive growth, and also examines the social and personal issues which are common to many young people seeking help. It explores the ways in which many mental health problems manifest themselves in young people and equips you with the necessary creative tools with which to address these issues and to connect with young people with diverse needs.

It positions counselling services and practice settings within the wider network of provision and encourages you to examine and understand the policies and aims of the settings in which you work as well as to work, in partnership with other professionals and with parents.

It encourages you to examine the ethical issues and dilemmas which face those working with this client group as well as the issues of diversity and equality within their settings. It addresses those important areas of safe, ethical practice and encourages you to find a balance between a children’s rights perspective and child protection.

Evidence Based Practice – 20 credits

The module incorporates a practice placement and invites you to use this practice learning to address all the necessary practice issues, including those of assessment and evaluation of service.

It encourages critical analysis of concepts and principles. Students are supported in developing confidence and the skills to analyse and question the claims made within professional and academic communities.

Students may choose to exit the course or continue to complete the MA Counselling Children and Young People course by studying a research dissertation.


The course is taught over six blocks of Fridays/Saturdays once a month from October to March with an additional two Fridays, one in September and one in April.


The diploma is assessed through a combination of essays and skills practice as well as through a supervisor’s report on practice based learning and a portfolio of reflective practice.


Students are required to gain counselling children and young people experience through going on placement and fulfilling 75 counselling hours, evidenced by a supervisor’s report. You are responsible for finding yourself a suitable placement, with guidance from the course leader.

Suitably qualified students have the option of a practice placement in a school or an agency which offers counselling to Children and Young People via Newport Independent School Based Counselling Service.


This Counselling Children and Young People course will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings.

On completion of the Masters, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK Universities.

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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