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Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy PG Dip

This new Postgraduate Diploma, a Department of Health initiative, provides specialist post-qualification training for Child and Adolescent (CAMHS) workers within the CYP IAPT model, focusing on the clinical areas of child mental health: anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.

Key information

Programme starts

January 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2017/18)

See fees note (below) (FT) N/A (PT)
See fees note (below) (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 June 2017
Close: 9 December 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for this programme are available on request from the department.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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 a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. medicine, psychology, social work) from a UK university or overseas professional qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates without a degree, but with a minimum of three years professional experience in a CAMHS (or equivalent) setting together with a relevant professional qualification will also be considered.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

Students will gain a critical understanding of the CYP IAPT model of service change, outcome monitoring, and fundamentals of evidence-based psychological therapies to common mental health problems in childhood and adolescence (anxiety, depression, and conduct problems). They will develop skills in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Parent training, Systemic Family Practice or Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents depending on their option choices.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of a core module (60 credits) and optional modules (total value 60 credits).

Core modules

  • CYP IAPT: Model and Basic Skills

Optional modules

  • Select either CYP IAPT: CBT for Anxiety Disorders and CYP IAPT: CBT for Depression
  • Or CYP IAPT: Parent Training for Conduct Problems
  • Or CYP IAPT: SFP Basic Skills and SFP Eating Disorders
  • Or SFP for Depression and Self-harm and SFP for Conduct Disorder
  • Or Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents


Not applicable.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud Centre and King's College London, and is taught by leading practitioners in the field. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical practice with on-going cases, and clinical supervision groups. Assessment is through essays, log book, case studies, oral presentations and reflective analysis.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy PG Dip


Places on this programme are funded by the employee's trust. For further details, contact the Anna Freud Centre, or visit the IAPT website at www.iapt.nhs.uk

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


CAMHS professionals will be well placed to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for internalising disorders, Parent training for conduct problems, SFP for Eating Disorders or SFP for conduct and depression disorders or IPT-A Practitioners.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is based and taught at the Anna Freud Centre, a national charity with a worldwide reputation.

It is a centre of practice, research and learning, which offers treatment for distressed children and support and advice for parents, trains mental health professionals to understand children's emotional development, and carries out pioneering research into effective ways to help young people suffering emotional distress.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Student / staff numbers › 185 staff including 129 postdocs › 635 taught students › 477 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at experienced CAMHS professionals with some experience of CBT and/or Parent Training, SFP or IPT-A who wish to develop their skills for children and young people.

Application deadlines

All applicants
9 December 2017

The application to the CYP/IAPT course is not an ordinary application process. Partnerships have a preliminary stage where they bid to become part of the London Child IAPT collaborative. Managers, supervisors and therapists are then put forward by these particular partnerships to take part in the course. Therefore, you must be working within an organisation which is part of an existing Child IAPT collaborative to be considered for this course.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study CYP IAPT Therapy at graduate level
  • why you want to study CYP IAPT Therapy 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.

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