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. Applicants will also need to evidence their Professional indemnity and public liability insurance cover.
All suitable candidates will be required to attend an interview as part of the selection process (either at an introductory day or by telephone). All applications should be supported by two references, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed on the webpage, please note references should be accompanied by a covering letter on headed paper or emailed directly by the referee Satisfactory enhanced criminal history checks will be required by all applicants prior to acceptance on the course.
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.
If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.
Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
Months of entry
As a qualified play therapist, you will help children come to terms with traumatic events in their lives through the use of play, giving the child the freedom and opportunity to express themselves by recreating their own world during their time with you.
Whether you are looking for a career change, already work in psychological therapy, social work or in medicine and want to add therapeutic play to your existing skill sets, or if you are a graduate just starting out in the field and want to refine your knowledge, this professional course, delivered in partnership with the Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy Ltd, will enable 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. Find out more on the APAC website.
Information for international students
This course requires an IELTS score of 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Fees and funding
Please see the funding page for more details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Student Admissions
- 0113 81 23700