Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Young People (8-18 years)

Part-time | 14-Days (Over 7 months) | Exeter & Poole

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Therapist talking to a group of teenagersA popular course for counsellors and psychotherapist who are looking to expand their skills working with young people.

The course is mapped onto, and underpinned by BACP’s Competences for humanistic counselling with children and young people (4–18 years).

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Course Description

Our Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Young People (8-18 years) addresses the majority of the of the BACP Competences for Humanistic Counselling with children and young people. 

  • The Diploma focuses on work with young people and centres on the 8-18-year age group.
  • It is designed for those counselling practitioners who are post-qualified but who need further specialist training to enable them to work competently with young people.
  • The Diploma incorporates a mixture of summative and formative assessments, which have been adapted to meet our qualification, and as such students will be expected to successfully meet the assessment criteria aligned to the learning objectives of the three modules.

What qualifications will I need?

To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Already be a qualified, practising counsellor or psychotherapist, working within a recognised professional code of ethics.
  • Be a member of a relevant professional body like the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
  • Hold current professional indemnity insurance that covers your work as a practising counsellor or psychotherapist.

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more. Alternatively, the Course Tutor would be happy to speak with you personally – please contact us if you would like us to put you in touch.

What will you study?

Total Duration:

  • 14 full days of tuition (across 7 months), plus substantial independent learning 
  • Module 1: Overview of the Young Person’s Development. 
  • Module 2: Young People’s Wellbeing 
  • Module 3: Proactive Approaches for Counselling Young People 
  • Skills Practices are included in all modules 

This course is assessed by a range or assessment types such as essay, patchwork and skills assessments. 

Course Dates


2022 dates to be confirmed. If you would like to hear about our new dates first, please register your interest by calling 01392 219200 or email


2022 dates to be confirmed. If you would like to hear about our new dates first, please register your interest by calling 01392 219200 or email

How much will it cost?

Courses commencing between 1st Jan'22 - 31st Dec'22:

Option 1 (Total Payable £1,445.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £450.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by one instalment of £995.00.

Option 2 (Total Payable £1,550.00):
An Enrolment Deposit of £450.00 (Non-Refundable) followed by two instalments of £550.00 (payable by direct debit)

Option 3: Bespoke payment plans (Total Payable £1,550.00):
In order to facilitate students, Iron Mill College has introduced bespoke payment plans which can be tailored to meet your specific needs. Please contact or call 01392 219200. 

Further information on fees:
Fees listed include VAT.

Applicants are invited to enrol by paying the Enrolment Deposit (which shall be fully non-refundable in all circumstances) as well as submitting all application documents (see the 'Applications' tab for further information). 

The balance of course fees is payable as per the relevant schedule option above. All applicants should ensure they read and understand the Terms and Conditions of the Student Agreement and the Tuition Fee Contract Agreement before applying and paying their Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable).

Tuition Fee Increases:
Tuition fees are reviewed in Autumn each year and are usually increased in line with CPI each January.

How to pay:
For initial course payments and deposits, you can pay online (credit/Debit card) by using the booking form on this web page. You can also pay all fees by credit / debit card, either in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, or over the phone by calling 01392 219200. 

We also accept cash paid in person at Iron Mill College in Exeter, as well as cheques, which should be made out to 'Iron Mill College' and dropped in or sent to 'Iron Mill College, Morwenstow, 7 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QT'. We can also accept payments by bank transfer and direct debit - please get in touch with us at 01392 219200 / for our bank details or a direct debit form. Please use your name as the reference when making such payments.

Additional expenses:
This will vary depending on your own circumstances, but all applicants must make sure they fully understand the additional expense requirements they will need to undertake during this course. Iron Mill College is unable to contribute to any of these additional costs; they are met by the student. These costs may include:

  • Travel and boarding costs.
  • Purchase of books.
  • Supervision that meets your governing body requirements.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance: approximately £35-£90 per year. Discounts are available from some insurers for BACP members and monthly payment options are usually available.

Course commencement:
Please note: Iron Mill College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort, based on the enrolment of a minimum number of successful applicants. A full refund of course fees paid, including any deposit, will be given to all applicants in the event that a course does not proceed and at least 14 days’ notice (prior to the advertised course start date) will be given to applicants, in the event of a course cancellation or postponement. The college cannot be held liable for any remedy, damages or compensation beyond this.

How to apply?

How to apply:
You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • Your £450 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place and submit a completed application form. Please visit the 'Downloads Tab' to download the application form. 
  • If you require assistance in completing your application, please contact

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course once all of the above application documents have been received and the Enrolment Deposit paid.

Final Application Date: 
The deadline for applications is 4 weeks before the start of the course. A decision will be made on whether the course will run, based on confirmed and accepted places, 4 weeks before the start dtae of the course. 

Any applications received after the 4 week deadline will only be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead / Course Lead. 

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What is the attendance requirement?:
14 full days of tuition (across 7 months), plus substantial independent learning

How much time does this course involve each week?:
We require you to have a personal commitment to your own learning, which includes reading and self-directed study outside of your contact time with Iron Mill College. This allows time to prepare for assignments, consolidate learning, and broaden your individual knowledge and understanding of the course material. You should therefore be prepared to study as follows:

  • 14 days of teaching (usually spread over 7 months)
  • Approximately 2 hours per week reading
  • Approximately 2-4 hours per week working towards the assignments.

Are there any additional costs?:
Your fee is inclusive of assessments, tuition, certificates, course materials, creative materials, online learning platform, plus free of charge use of our IMC online library and hard copy library (general texts on counselling/psychotherapy). The handbook is available in an electronic format.

You will need to budget separately for:

  • Cost of your supervision
  • Cost of core books you may wish to buy
  • Travel/accommodation/ parking costs if applicable
  • Stationary
  • Regular and reliable access to a pc/ tablet or similar

If you have any further questions, please contact our friendly enquiries team who will be happy to help you further.

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