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Contact details

Ms Anwen Prendergast

Email: anwen.prendergast@annafreud.org

Tel: +44 (0)20 7443 2266

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£3,500 (FT)*

Overseas 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)*

*Fees for PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc are £3,500 (UK/EU) or £8,250 (Overseas) for each qualification.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People Certificate/Diploma/MSc

This programme provides training for individuals in outcomes-based CBT interventions to promote psychological wellbeing in children and young people. The course is aimed at professionals already working in the field of children's services, including social care, education and health, who hope to gain skills they can practice in the workplace.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Participants gain knowledge and understanding of cognitive behavioural approaches, their strengths and limitations and how they can be adapted to work with young people, drawing on systemic and other approaches.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The programme is based and taught at the Anna Freud Centre, a national charity with a worldwide reputation for its commitment to the emotional wellbeing of children.

As well as a centre of learning to train mental health professionals, the Anna Freud Centre's clinical services help young people with mental health problems. The centre also carries out pioneering research into effective ways to help young people suffering emotional distress.

Students benefit from the centre's collaboration with UCL; they gain the advantages of studying within the intimate and vibrant environment of the Anna Freud Centre, together with access to the facilities and resources of UCL – an internationally renowned university.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Flexible up to 3 years

All candidates should initially enrol for the Postgraduate Certificate (modules 1–4, 60 credits). On completion they should make a decision to terminate their studies at that point or enrol to take further modules for the Diploma (modules 5–8, 60 credits) and MSc (dissertation module, 60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Certificate:
  • Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Context
  • Assessment and Engagement for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Context
  • Basic Skills (Developing Understanding)
  • Basic Skills (Methods of Change)

  • Diploma:
  • Introduction to Disorder Specific Approaches
  • Disorder Specific Approaches
  • Complex Problems
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Context

  • MSc:
  • Research Dissertation (see below)


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud Centre, and taught by leading practitioners in the field. Teaching is a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. A core component of the course is video practice which is discussed in small practice tutor groups during each teaching day.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology) and/or professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. teaching, social work). Additionally, applicants must have experience of work with children in education, health or social care settings and a work context that enables participants to fulfil the course requirements (including time to attend the course and undertake case work and undertake CBT with children). Please see 'who can apply' for further information.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications for this programme is 12 July for the year of entry. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Students applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Students have come from a variety of jobs including; educational psychology, clinical psychology, primary care mental health, counselling, social work, behaviour support in schools, and various others. The job must allow the student access to children that they can practice CBT with, and must provide the student with supervision.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study this programme at graduate level
  • why you want to study this programme at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The programme is aimed at applicants in relevant employment and supports career progression.

CBT with children is one of a number of evidence-based interventions for childhood problems and disorders. The demand for professionals with skills in this area is high and is likely to grow. These qualifications in CBT with children will be much valued by employers looking to develop this type of intervention within their service.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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