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Counselling (Children and Young People) - MSc

Counselling (Children and Young People) - MSc

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Children / Youth (Social Work) Childcare Skills Child / Youth Counselling

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc Counselling (Children and Young People) course includes a minimum of 100 hours of supervised client practice hours.

The placements will be managed through an agreement with St Martin’s Counselling and Psychotherapy service, who will support students in placements across the city. Placements in areas other than Birmingham may be possible by negotiation.

The course aims to meet the professional accreditation requirements in counselling children and young people that will enable successful graduates who have also met all required professional practice components to achieve accreditation through UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). St Martin’s will be actively involved in supporting student accreditation and will support students with this after graduation from the course.

What's covered in the course?

During the first semester, the focus will be on the development of the necessary knowledge and competence to be able to begin practical counselling with child clients. Course and placement structures will ensure that work is performed safely and with appropriate support and guidance.

A placement module in each semester will ensure the on-going integration of theory and practice. A focus on play, the use of creative media and an in-depth exploration of the knowledge base (detailed by the professional standards of education and training for child counselling) will ensure an appropriately level of skill and competence.

The agreement between BCU and St Martins Counselling and Psychotherapy brings a host of unique benefits including:

A guaranteed placement that meets course requirements
A placement that is fully integrated with learning on the course
In-house supervision
Personal therapy at a fixed and discounted rate
Support with post qualification accreditation arrangements.

Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


Consolidating Counselling Practice: Theory, Ethics and Context (20 Credits) - Core
Child and Young Person Development (20 Credits) - Core
Initial Counselling Practice: Theory, Ethics and Context (20 Credits) - Core
Introduction to Counselling (20 Credits) - Core
Cultural, Familial & Contextual Dynamics (20 Credits) - Core
The Mental, Emotional & Psychological health of Children and Young People (20 Credits) - Core
Counselling Children and Young People Research Project (40 Credits) - Core
Developing Counselling Practice: Theory, Ethics and Context (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum 2:2 degree in a BPS accredited Psychology degree. At the point of enrolment you must have GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above. Entry via alternative equivalent qualification and experience will be considered on a case by case basis. Evidence of personal resilience and resources, maturity and emotional stability to support the intensity of the training process, the profession of child counselling, and of working with people in a responsible role.