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APAC, Leeds Beckett University and the University of Chichester are pleased to announce that from October 2023, the University of Chichester will be the awarding body for APAC’s awards in play therapy.

Currently the programme is accredited by Play Therapy UK (in relation to the quality of the clinical work) and Leeds Beckett University (in relation to the academic award and qualification).

It is intended that students starting the APAC qualifications up to the 30st September2023, upon successful completion, will be awarded by Leeds Beckett University. From the 1st October 2023 new and returning students will, upon successful completion, receive an award from the University of Chichester.

This change will have no effect on the delivery and content of the programme, which will continue to be delivered by APAC as described on our website.  The course content will not be changing, nor will the qualifications the courses lead to.

  • For students starting the course before the September 30th 2023, there is no change to the award. If a student suspends studies and/or has to undertake periods of repeat study while registered as Leeds Beckett University students it would be expected that they would transfer to the University of Chichester to receive their award in line with the cohort of students that they would be re-joining.
  • For students starting courses after October 1st 2023, the University of Chichester will be the validating and awarding body*

As stated above, APAC will continue to deliver the course with no change to content or professional qualification outcomes.

If for any reason you do not wish to continue with the programme due to the change to the accrediting university, you should contact APAC to discuss your options by emailing

*Subject to approval