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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. Our Diploma also includes a supervised placement in a Place2Be school.


Applications for September 2024 are open! 

We will be inviting applicants to interview from January 2024 and offering places on a rolling basis, with the final deadline being the 5 February 2024. The programme will close once all of the available places have been filled so don’t miss out on your chance to apply.

Key information

  • Length:
  • Two years (part-time)
  • Frequency:
  • One day a week on the course (Thursdays)
    One day a week on placement (from the first term onwards)

Price:£6,365per year over two years.

Course details


Course breakdown

  • 400 hours of contact time with tutors and 100 supervised clinical hours over the two years
  • 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.


Topics covered

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 clinical roles at Place2Be.


Helpful documents

Download full course specification (PDF 198KB)
Meet our Postgraduate Diploma team

Virtual Information Session

Interested in applying? We encourage you to attend our next information session on the 16th January 2024 at 6pm. You can register here

Entry requirements

To submit your application and meet the entry requirement for this course, you must have or completed all of the following:


1. A Place2Be Taster Day

You must have attended a Place2Be Taster Day within 18 months of enrolling on the Postgraduate Diploma course unless you have completed Place2Be's Level 3 Certificate. 


2. A counselling certificate 

You must have, or are studying towards, at least one of the following:

  • Place2Be's Level 3 Certificate
  • a Level 3 certificate in counselling completed face-to-face over 9-12 months, including theory, skills practice and evidence of self-awareness
  • a Diploma in Counselling (Level 4 or above in England and Wales, or equivalent diploma at SCQF Level 9-11 in Scotland)
  • a degree or masters in Counselling, Psychotherapy or Art Therapy.

Please note that, unfortunately, we are unable to accept online courses. 


3. A degree and/or professional qualifications 

You must have a degree or equivalent professional qualification. If you have not completed a degree, you can still apply, but you must submit a 1,500-word essay as part of your application. Your essay will be titled My Philosophy of Counselling. Your typed essay should include a minimum of three sources and a bibliography. 


4. Additional skills and experience

You must have the following: 

  • received counselling or psychotherapy yourself 
  • significant experience 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. 


We need two references to support your application for the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools. We will ask you to give these during your application. One reference must be from a previous employer, and the other must be a character reference. Please note that we will only contact these references if you are offered a place on the course. Your place will be conditional on receiving satisfactory references.


Our Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools is:

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

    bacp accredited course logoUEL logo


Payment options

The fee for the Postgraduate Diploma is £6,365 per year. You have three options to pay the total course fee.

Each payment option includes a non-refundable deposit of £636.50 as part of your first instalment.

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

Option A

2 Payments of £6,365 one year apart (full course fee).

Option B

6 payments of £2,122 every four months (termly).

Option C

20 payments of £636.50 (monthly).

Financial support through Place2Be's bursary scheme

If you struggle to fund this level of training, you can apply for a financial support package. To be eligible you need to show that you have an annual household income of less than £35,000, confirm that your highest level of education is degree-level (Level 6) or lower and meet the course entry requirements. This financial support may cover:

  • your partial tuition fee
  • your full course tuition fee
  • up to £3,000 subsidy for personal therapy
  • further options to reclaim resource expenses.

You can read our information about our bursary for our qualifying courses on our website.

More information

For more information, please read our counselling training FAQs or get in touch through our enquiries form. You can also call us on 0207 923 5558.


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

Counsellor with child who is smiling in school

Apply now

Applications for our 2024 intake are now open.

Use the drop-down menus below to apply to our Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children in Schools.

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