MA Counselling Children and Young People

The MA Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only Masters courses of its kind. It offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people. It will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings.

The MA Counselling Children and Young People is a two-year course made up of one year’s training on the Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People plus one year completing the Masters research and dissertation stage. The PG Diploma stage covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of counselling children and young people; on the Masters research and dissertation stage you will learn about research methods for studying Counselling Children and Young People and will undertake a research project of your choice relating to the subject area.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years September Newport City C

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People you may choose to exit the programme, or carry on to complete the MA by undertaking a research project and writing it up in the form of a dissertation.

Dissertation: You will have the opportunity to research and write a 18,000 word dissertation on a topic relating to counselling children and young people.


The Masters (research and dissertation stage) consists of seven days teaching on research methods and research ethics plus independent study for the rest of the year. your supervisor will offer nine hourse of project supervision, (face to face, by phone or email) and will support you by providing constructive feedback on your draft work.


18,000 word dissertation.


A light, modern suite of rooms at Newport City Campus. IT and library facilities including access to SPSS (statistics software).


Other members of the counselling and psychotherapy teaching team.

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People as well as post-qualifying counselling experience or experience of working with young people
  • You must also be a registered member of an appropriate professional body, eg BACP
  • Two references must be uploaded with your application, and one must be from your clinical supervisor

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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Admissions statement 

The MA Counselling Children and Young People will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings. Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of counselling children and yound people, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and career prospects as a counsellor.

On completion of the MA Counselling Children and Young People, 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.

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