Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree (2:1 or above) in a relevant discipline in addition to one of the following: Graduates with a degree which is also a professional qualification such as teaching (fully qualified), social work, occupational therapy, pediatric nursing etc are required to have a minimum of two years post-graduation work experience. Or Graduates whose degree is relevant (such as psychology, childhood studies, early years development, social science) need also to have at least five years experience working face to face with children, young people and their families of which the majority of this experience should be undertaken after graduation.

Exceptional applicants with a professional qualification (in lieu of an honours degree ) in a related discipline and considerable experience of working with vulnerable young people and their families may also be considered on an individual basis. Applicants who meet the entry requirements for the course will be invited to interview. Successful applicants of this course will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.

Please note that we do not accept deferred entry on to this course. The selection process will consist of an essay (500 words) on “What do you understand is the value of Non Directive Play Therapy” which will be written in advance and brought by the applicant to the interview, a group activity and an individual interview.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters course is accredited by the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT) and provides professional training in play therapy. Successful graduates of this course will have completed the formal elements of the training required to practise as a play therapist.

As well as meeting core requirements for play therapy training, the course introduces you to therapeutic interventions with different client groups including children and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The course offers placement opportunities in a variety of settings, including schools, children’s centres, charitable organisations and multidisciplinary agencies. You will develop the skills needed to practise as a professional in a responsible and demanding clinical environment.

The course provides theoretical and practical knowledge relating to play therapy, drawing on the experience and skills of qualified psychologists and play therapists, as well as other creative therapists and counselling staff. The course team is actively engaged with practitioner work and related research.

This is a demanding course and acceptable applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability for training. Students are also required to undertake their own personal therapy (60 hours) and clinical supervision (50 hours) as part of the professional requirement for registration as a Play Therapist. Students are expected to meet these costs in addition to the course fees.

There are also opportunities for suitable students to undertake part of their clinical practice hours in the PAWB Wales clinic.

You will study the following modules:

  • Child development
  • Play therapy skills
  • Advanced play therapy skills
  • Research methods
  • Working with children and their families
  • Preparing for clinical practice 1 and 2
  • Personal therapy portfolio 1 and 2

Full-time study is delivered intensively on one day per week over two years (9am- 6pm in year one).

Teaching is through lectures, seminars, workshops, reflective diaries, research project work and specialist guest speakers.

Assessment uses a variety of methods, including essays, diaries, research reports, presentations, portfolios of observations and clinical notes. Clinical work placements are available as part of this course.

Career opportunities for play therapists exist in many stimulating areas, such as community groups, social services, education services, the National Health Service and private clients.

Information for international students

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

For full information, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Enquiries and Admissions Unit
+44 (0) 3455 76 77 78