University of Northampton

University of Northampton

Counselling Children and Young People

This course supports students in developing skills and theoretical knowledge of counselling with children, young people and their families. It is designed for individuals with a significant interest in counselling work with children, who may be practitioners from health, social or voluntary services who work in some capacity with children and young people, or who may be graduates of psychology and other cognate disciplines, social and behavioural sciences, education, health, social care and related fields. The course is taught by experienced counsellors and therapists with a varied background, supported by some practitioners from allied professions (e.g. psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, law and psychiatry). Students of the course can graduate with either a postgraduate diploma or an MSc.

Entry requirements

Candidates normally have a 1st or 2nd Class Bachelor's degree and an introduction to counselling course. Voluntary or professional experience of work with children and young people is desirable but not essential. Applicants for whom English is not 1st first language need to demonstrate that they meet the minimum English language requirement of IELTS 7 minimum all categories (or equivalent).

Course modules

Typical modules include: understanding mental health in children and young people; core skills for working with children and young people; counselling with children and young people; counselling children and young people in practice; qualitative and quantitative research methods; dissertation and research methods.

Assessment methods

The assessment strategy is designed to include a broad range of assessment methods, in order to ensure that students have the maximum opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes for the programme. These include essays, case studies, self reflective log books, critical reviews, video recorded role plays, and oral presentations. There are no examinations.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 5,670 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,700 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 5,670 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 945 per Credit module (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 945 per Credit module (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Park Campus Northampton NN2 7AL East Midlands

Key information

Telephone number: 
0800 358 2232