Taught course

Counselling Children and Young People (11 to 18) MA/PG Dip

York St John University · School of Education

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A 2:1 degree in a related subject or other recognised professional qualification
  • An initial counsellor training qualification for working with adults
  • Membership of a recognised professional body such as the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Additional Requirements

For entry onto this course, you will also need:

  • Counselling practice experience with adults or children
  • To identify and arrange a placement at a children or young person's organisation. You will need to attend this placement after term 1 of your first year.

An Access module is available if you meet the professional experience criteria but do not have the required academic qualifications. This Access module runs in July.


If your application is successful we will invite you to attend an interview. A place on this course is subject to a successful application and interview.

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Months of entry


Course content

If you are a qualified counsellor with at least 2 years counselling experience, this course will allow you to work with children and young people in different therapeutic environments and in ethical and effective ways. We will train you in the theory, process and skills required by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

This is a 2 year part time course that helps counselling practitioners gain theoretical and practical experience of working with children and young people aged between 11 and 18 years. The theoretical basis of the course is humanistic-integrative, with equal weight given to the study of theory, developing the skills practice of working with children and young people and the exploration of your personal development. Our team are experienced practitioners and trainers who are active researchers and draw on a 30-year tradition of counsellor training.

After your first term we will expect you to have secured a suitable placement. You will need to complete a total of 50 hours of supervised practice by the end of the course.

In your first year you will focus on:

  • Gaining the knowledge and understanding needed to work ethically and therapeutically with children and young people
  • Developing practice skills while working within a placement setting
  • Developing yourself as a practitioner using a personal development model.

The second year builds on the theoretical and experiential framework created in year one.

You can leave with a PG Dip award after completing year 1 and the first term of year 2. If you want to leave with the full MA award you will go on to study a further 2 terms. In this time you will study a research theory and practice module and go on to complete a dissertation module in your final term.

Fees and funding

UK students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    18 months part time for PGDip, 2 years part time for MA months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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