Taught course

Therapeutic Play Skills

Leeds Beckett University · Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a second class honours degree or equivalent experience or training, such as within the work environment, where the applicant does not have a degree. Have a minimum of two years full time equivalent experience of working with children in some capacity. 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 society has seen a number of changes to the family dynamic which have played a part in the increase of troubled children. Today, 20 per cent of children in the UK experience emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, leading to an increasing demand for play therapists.

As a play therapist, you will help children come to terms with traumatic events in their lives through the use of play, where the child has the freedom and opportunity to express themselves by recreating their own world during their time with you.

Whether you're looking for a change in career, wanting to add therapeutic play to your existing psychological therapies, social work or medical skillset, or if you are a graduate just starting out in the field, this professional course, delivered in partnership with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd (APAC), allows you to work under supervision with individual children who have slight to moderate problems. 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/therapeuticplay_pgcert

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Student Admissions
0113 81 23700