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Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools

With a Diploma in child counselling, you’ll gain the skills and experience you need to become a fully qualified child counsellor, including undertaking a supervised placement in a Place2Be school.

Coronavirus update

Whilst we continue to monitor government guidelines on coronavirus, please note that all posted schedules will be subject to change. 

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions the course will consist of a combination of online and classroom-based sessions, the exact combination of which will continually be altered as the landscape continues to changeAll courses will be capped at a smaller number, and classroom-based sessions will be risk assessed to ensure that we remain compliant with social distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of students and tutors. 

Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools

Place2Be’s Postgraduate Diploma in child counselling is one of a kind, delivered by an organisation with experience of supporting children and young people every day.

Graduates have the option of moving on to Place2Be’s Masters course as a third year.

Key information

  • Length:
  • Two years (part time)
  • Frequency:
  • One day a week on the course
    One day a week on placement (from the second term onwards)
  • Future courses – bookings open soon:
  • Applications for autumn 2022 to open spring 2022 (TBC)

Price:£6,120per year over two years

Course details

What it covers:

A combination of academic and experiential learning, covering a range of topics including:

  • The use of play and creativity
  • Self-awareness
  • Child development and observation
  • Counselling skills using an integrative therapeutic approach
  • Person-centred, psychodynamic, systemic, transcultural work and attachment theories
  • Assessment, referral and multi-agency working.

Useful for those who want to:

  • Become a qualified and registered child counsellor
  • Learn how to work therapeutically with children and their families within a multi-agency setting
  • Receive training in child development, systemic thinking and integrative theory
  • Develop skills as a creative and reflective counselling practitioner
  • Apply for a clinical role at Place2Be. Browse our jobs

Course structure:

  • 400 hours of contact time with tutors, 100 supervised clinical hours and at least 30 hours a year of personal therapy
  • One day of tuition and one day on placement in a Place2Be school
  • Two training weekends in Year 1 and three training weekends in Year 2
  • Substantial reading and written work outside of contact hours.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • Have a degree or equivalent professional qualification, or submit a 1,500-word essay with your application form
  • Have completed Place2Be’s Level 3 Certificate or an equivalent qualification which includes at least 90 ‘guided learning hours’, theory, skills practice and evidence of self-awareness. We cannot accept online courses
  • Have attended a Place2Be Taster Day within 12 months of enrolling on the Postgraduate Diploma course, unless you have completed our Level 3 Certificate.
  • Have received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Have significant experience of working with children or young people
  • Be willing to be playful and creative
  • Be self-reflective and committed to self-development
  • Have spoken and written English to GCSE level.


  • Accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Awarded by the University of East London (UEL).

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Payment options

The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma is £6,120 per year. You can choose how to pay:

Initial £700 deposit plus:

  • Option A) 2 Payments of £5,770 one year apart (Full Course Fee)
  • Option B) 6 Payments of £1,923.33 every 4 months (Termly)
  • Option C) 20 Payments of £577 (Monthly)

Payment will be required only if offered a place to study.



Applications for the 2021 intake have now closed. If you still need to submit a reference the form can be downloaded here, please email this through to qualify@place2be.org.uk 


Find out more

For more information, please read our FAQs linked below or get in touch through our enquiries form or call us on 0207 923 5558.

Frequently Asked Questions


Safe learning environments

Read Place2Be's guidance on the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Trainee counsellors playing with toys in a sand tray

I was bowled over by how interactive the course was - a far cry from sitting in a classroom being talked at. When you’re preparing people to support children with social and emotional difficulties, presentations and conversations can only go so far.

Cherrelle, Postgraduate Diploma graduate