Taught course

Play Therapy

Leeds Beckett University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have completed the Postgraduate Certificate Therapeutic Play Skills at Leeds Beckett University, or hold an equivalent qualification. Have a minimum of 50 hours of clinically supervised practice. Applicants should have a work based placement, which may be the applicant's place of work and a PTUK approved Clinical Supervisor member, who must be in place before clinical work starts.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Modern family life has been transformed by high divorce rates, the decline of the extended family, easy access to alcohol and drugs and other social and cultural factors, adversely impacting on many of today's young people. By developing your 'play therapy tool-kit' competencies to an advanced level, using mediums such as storytelling, music, dance and drama, you will be able to work with children who have serious social, emotional, behaviour and mental health difficulties.

You will focus primarily on non-directive play, where you will encourage the child to work towards their own solutions to problems through play. This allows you to explore ways of integrating the child as the centre of a social system made up of school, family and teams of support. You will also undertake 100 hours of clinically supervised work with children in a variety of practical settings.

Please note that all applications and queries for this course will be dealt with by APAC, and that start dates may differ depending on your location of study.

Fees and funding

For more information on funding, please visit: http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/playtherapy_pgdip

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Admissions
0113 81 23700