Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy PG Dip

London, King's Cross (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

This 'Recruit to Train' 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Fees to be confirmed
1 calendar year
Programme starts
January 2024
Applications accepted
All applicants: 02 Aug – 14 Dec 2023
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

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). Students will also develop skills in Autism Spectrum Conditions/Learning Disabilities (ASCLD), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) or Under 5's, depending on the module choice.

Who this course is for

This programme is aimed at candidates who have an appropriate educational background, and preferably some experience with CAMHS, who wish to develop their skills for children and young people. However, each NHS Partnership will have individual person specifications depending on their needs.

What this course will give you

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.

The foundation of your career

Recent career destinations for this course include:

  • Clinical Physiologist, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Brandon Centre
  • Community Mental Health Nurse, North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Family and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.


CAMHS professionals will be well placed to become skilled and creative independent practitioners of their chosen speciality.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and is part of a collaborative teaching process with Kings College London. It is taught by leading practitioners in the field, with learning being a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical practice with on-going cases, and clinical supervision groups. Assessment is through essays, a clinical case log, case studies, oral presentations and reflective analysis.

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


The programme runs full-time over one year, featuring a combination of university based teaching and experiential teaching within a Children and Young People’s Mental Health setting.

You will complete a substantial foundation module, based on CYP IAPT Core Skills along with modules based on your pathway, and be assessed by a total of 6 assessments.  In the year, you will usually attend approximately two full days per week in term time of university-based teaching alongside your clinical work You will also choose to follow a more specific therapeutic perspective 'pathway' built around evidence-based interventions for common difficulties experienced by children and young people.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed
Tuition fees (2023/24) Fees to be confirmed

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

This is a 'Recruit to Train' programme, where places are funded by the new recruit's Trust/organisation. For further details, contact the Anna Freud Centre, or visit our website.

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

Next steps

There is no application fee for this programme.

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.

The application to the CYP-IAPT programme is not an ordinary application process. Partnerships have a preliminary stage where they bid to become part of the London Child IAPT collaborative, after which they advertise a job vacancy. Applicants are then put forward by the partnerships and a collaborative process in selecting the new recruits/students is performed between the teaching staff and the NHS Partnership.

For more information about the UCL application, please see our Applications page.

For more information about applying for the corresponding job, please see the NHS Jobs Website, or check the CYP IAPT Website for information.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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