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Developmental and Therapeutic Play, PGCert

Developmental and Therapeutic Play, PGCert

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Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Hospital Play Therapy

Course type


Course Summary


Gain an advanced understanding of how children learn and develop through play with our Master’s degree in Developmental and Therapeutic Play.

You will explore evidence-based practice in play across a range of professional contexts, combining in-depth theory with fieldwork experience.

This includes how the environment and social interactions support children’s growing repertoire of play skills, with a particular emphasis on the inherent value of children’s self-directed play experiences.

Throughout your studies, you will refine critical research and analytical skills valued by employers and develop professional reflective practice techniques.


Your postgraduate qualification in Developmental and Therapeutic Play opens up a range of career opportunities in sectors including:

  • Education
  • International aid
  • Counselling and pastoral care
  • Social work
  • Healthcare
  • Play work
  • Domestic violence teams
  • Prison service

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

We also provide help and advice for Swansea University Alumni up to two years after you graduate.


This module focuses on developing theoretically justified play practice across multiple professional contexts. The module considers theories of play, definitions of play, and evidence as to the importance of play for children's health and development across multiple domains. We consider a variety of play types; exploring and evaluating the developmental and therapeutic potential of these via practical workshops, group discussions and a critical evaluation of relevant research. We consider whether any fundamental characteristics of play separate it from other modes of action. We also consider the process of play, developmental progression in play and the use of play in observation and assessment.

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need a minimum of a second class honours UK (2.2) degree or above in a related discipline. We also welcome non-graduate applications if you have relevant work experience. (Please email the programme manager for individual advice). You may be asked to attend an interview and you will need a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (previously known as a Criminal Records Bureau, or CRB, Check).

University information

Ideally located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to impressive beaches along the Gower Peninsula as well as a buzzing city centre. Since its inception in 1920, Swansea University has been at the cutting edge of research and innovation. Swansea continues this legacy today, receiving a wide range of accolades and awards each year. The university is thrilled to be included in the top 25 for...more

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