Counselling (Child and Young Person) DipHE

Part-time undergraduate (4 years)



Become a professional counsellor who specialises in working with children and young adults. Studying at Renew Counselling in Chelmsford, you’ll get modern, specialist clinical training in an exciting and authentic environment.

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Our course opens up exciting possibilities for you to work in mental health and its associated fields. You might work as a qualified counsellor, therapist, mental health worker or Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) professional. You could also explore social work, pastoral care or education.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • This module aims to provide you with opportunities to develop basic counselling skills, and includes an observed session in a school. You will practice active listening, empathy, responding, reflecting content and feeling.
  • You will be introduced to Carl Rogers’ Person-Centred Theory, with emphasis on the six necessary and sufficient conditions for therapeutic change.
  • This module gives you an overview and develops your insight into the significance of early experiences on emotional well-being and mental health.
  • This module aims to develop your ethical counselling practice and competent person-centred counselling skills in relation to young people, before you progress on to a clinical placement.
  • This exciting experiential module helps you develop qualities necessary for therapeutic work such as sensitivity, self-awareness and a non-judgemental attitude.
  • This module will further develop, and assess skills in practical work using play and art materials. You will develop your own set of resources to support therapeutic creative expression.
  • This provides you with an overview of historical foundations from which current therapeutic work has evolved. You will use self-reflection to deepen your understanding of theoretical approaches.
  • The purpose of the module is to prepare counselling practitioners for the process of investigating and evaluating their own practice in counselling. The module introduces you to current quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods in practice and considers their strengths and weaknesses.
  • This module underpins the practical experience of clinical supervision with theory. You are supported in becoming autonomous reflective practitioners, and will explore ethical boundaries and issues within supervision.
  • This module engages you in a critical analysis of contemporary psychopathology. It explores dilemmas and contradictions in clinical practice, and in working within the wider context of interagency working with children and young people. Central to the module is a focus on psychological problems and recent developments in neuroscience.
  • The purpose of this module is to encourage you to appreciate the links between client work, personal development, professional development and supervision. In addition it gives you the understanding and tools needed to present their client work within a professional arena.


As well as conventional forms of assessment, you’ll keep personal journals which our tutors will review every week.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Renew Counselling
Renew Counselling

Renew Counselling is based in Chelmsford, just a ten-minute walk from our riverside campus.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2021/22 (part-time, per year)


UK students starting 2022/23 (part-time, per year)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you’re studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity, or 60 credits per year). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period, or for more credits. All fees are for guidance purposes only. Your offer letter will contain full details of credits and fees, or you can contact us if you'd like more information.

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments


We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK students

Most new UK undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This also applies to EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have citizens' rights following Brexit.

Government funding includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a range of ARU scholarships, which can provide extra financial support while you’re at university.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting a course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

Check the standard entry requirements for IELTS requirements for this course.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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