Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

100% of our PG Dip in Counselling Children and Young People graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduating Graduate Destination Survey 2016

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.


2021/22 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to further change through the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

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

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 Counselling Children and Young People 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 May.

Here are the dates for 2019/20: 

  • Friday 20 September
  • Friday 11, Saturday 12 October
  • Friday 8, Saturday 9 November 
  • Friday 6, Saturday 7 December 
  • Friday 10,Saturday 11 January
  • Friday 7, Saturday 8 February 
  • Friday 6 March, 7 March 
  • Friday 24,Saturday 25 April
  • Friday 8 May


The counselling 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.


A light, modern suite of rooms at Newport City Campus including IT and library facilities.

Featured Lecturer:
Imogen Harries, course leader

Imogen Harries, course leader

Imogen currently divides her time between teaching, therapeutic practice and research.

She currently works as a family therapist for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and her doctoral research concerns supervising counsellors in secondary schools.

Imogen has worked as a therapist with families, children and adults within a variety of settings including schools (secondary, primary and special), addiction agencies and other community mental health settings.

  • 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. Please upload evidence of this.
  • A minimum of 100 supervised hours of counselling practice. Please upload evidence of this.
  • Two references uploaded with your application, one must be from your clinical supervisor. The references must be on letter headed paper or the referee can send them direct from a professional/work email address to [email protected]
  • An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)



We want to give you the opportunity to ask us questions that are important to you in addition to us assessing your suitability for the course. This can be via Skype if you are unable to get to campus. Tutors will take time to explain the content of the programme to you and answer questions you have about the course. You will be asked about why you want to study the course and your reasons for choosing USW as well as more detailed questions about your studies and interests.


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 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: 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.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £53.20
This fee includes £40 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to pursue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Clinical Supervision £30 - £60
Costs are per session. Some agencies offer this free.
Other: Professional Indemnity Insurance £75 - £150
Cost varies depending on individual circumstances. Each year if not already covered.
Professional body student fees
Cost varies depending on the organisation
Placement travel *
Cost varies depending on the organisation
At student's discretion
Other: data collection
At student's discretion
Personal therapy £30 - £50
At student's discretion

Apply directly to the University for this course.

Admissions statement 

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.