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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.

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. This course is a BACP accredited course, taught and assessed at a Level 7 throughout.

Graduates may have the option of moving on to a Masters course as a third year of independent research. This course is currently on hold and not available.

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 are now closed.

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.

Download the full course specification for PG Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools (PDF 198KB)
Download the list of staff and speakers for PG Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools (PDF 272 KB)

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • Attended a Place2Be Taster Day within 12 months of enrolling on the Postgraduate Diploma course, unless you have completed Place2Be's Level 3 Certificate.
  • A degree or equivalent professional qualification, or submit a 1,500-word essay with your application form
  • Confirmed you are placement ready at the start of the course by having one of the following:
    • Have successfully completed Place2Be's Level 3 Certificate
    • Have completed or studying towards a Diploma in Counselling (Level 4 or above in England and Wales, or equivalent diploma at SCQF Level 9-11 in Scotland) or a Degree or Masters in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Art Therapy
  • Received counselling or psychotherapy yourself
  • Significant experience of working with children or young people
  • A willingness to be playful and creative
  • A commitment to be self-reflective and committed to self-development
  • 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.



All applicants must submit a reference - please download the form and email this to qualify@place2be.org.uk.

Applications for Autumn 2022 are now closed. The next intake will be Autumn 2023.

If you have not completed an undergraduate degree you will need to write a 1,500-word essay and upload it during your application. Your essay will be titled “My Philosophy of Counselling”. It must be typed and you must use a minimum of three sources and include a bibliography. This is a mandatory part of your application if you are a non-graduate.


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


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