This post qualifying qualification is designed to give learners the specialist knowledge, skills and competences to work as counsellors with children and young people aged 11-18.

This qualification will enable successful candidates to work as counsellors with this age group in a range of job and career opportunities, which include but are not limited to:

  • A counsellor employed by a School or College
  • A counsellor in an agency or organisation which specialise in counselling children and young people
  • A private counsellor working for an external organisation such as a school, youth club, wellness/mental health setting
  • An ‘adult’ counsellor in independent practice wishing to extend their work to cover this age range
  • A youth worker in the community
  • An outreach worker with adolescents/teenagers
Entry requirements

You must have obtained our Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or its equivalent.

Read section 5 of the Specification for further information.

  • The qualification is eligible in England for Advanced Learner Loans (19+).
  • Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).
  • For more detailed see funding information
Where to study Use our centre finder to find a 'Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People (CYP-L5)' course.
Key Information Qualification Number 603/7503/6 Guided Learning Hours 120 hours Total Qualification Time 435 hours Credit value 44 Minimum age 19 years
Successful learners may progress onto the Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision provided they have acquired at least one year's part-time post CYP-L5 supervised client work.