Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice PG Cert

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

This programme, a Department of Health initiative, aims to train a new workforce for CAMHS: Children's Wellbeing Practitioners (CWP). Graduates will complement the work of existing practitioners by building better links with communities and offering rapid access to low intensity evidence-based treatment interventions, for mild to moderate mental health difficulties. The programme is only available to employees of CYP-IAPT partnerships in London and the South East.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
1 calendar year
Programme starts
January 2022
Applications accepted
January 2022 entry: 19 Aug – 21 Dec 2021

Applications closed

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).

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

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 learn evidence-based principles that can be delivered within low-intensity interventions for mild-to-moderate mental health difficulties as part of a stepped-care model of service delivery.

Who this course is for

This programme involves a dual application process. This includes a university application and a seperate application for a role as a Children's Wellbeing Practioner (CWP) with one of our partnering mental health services. These can be found on job sites online. Please do not apply to the course unless you are also applying for one of these posts. Your University application will not be processed unless you have been invited to an interview with one of our CWP training sites. Please see our website for more information.

What this course will give you

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

We aim to equip students with the knowledge, attitude and competence to operate effectively in service that is inclusive and values driven. Our students will be taught the fundamental skills used to assess cases involving young people.

Students will develop insight and competencies in effective brief (low-intensity) interventions for children, young people and family systems, as well as a range of written and computerised interventions. They will also learn how to work with other services in the child and adolescent field. 

The foundation of your career


All successful applicants will be undertaking this programme in conjunction with their service role in the CAMHS workforce as a CWP.

Teaching and learning

The programme takes a blended learning approach, so some of this teaching is online and some face to face in small groups, including workshops and seminars.  There are approximately 32-35 teaching days through the year, approximately three days a week in the first term near the beginning of your employment, reducing to approximately one day per week which will include some self-directed study time, and then increasingly spread out for the remainder of the year.

Assessments include a service based report, audio/video tapes of sessions with reflective analyses and case reports.


This is a part time course, taught across 1 year, where you spend part of the week in classroom-based learning and the remainder of the week are employed in a workplace setting working clinically with children and young people.  The teaching programme is made up of three core modules, which are run in parallel throughout the year, totalling 60 credits. These cover developing the necessary skills to engage with children and young people and their families and deliver effective interventions, developing understanding of the evidence base of treatments and how to critically evaluate this, and an understanding of the contexts within which interventions will be delivered and in which you will be working. 

During term 1, you will attend three days of University training and will spend the remaining two days working within their service. As your clinical skills and knowledge develop you will attend less time at university and more time in your clinical setting. During the second term, you will attend one day of University training and will spend the remaining days within the service. Over the academic closure/holiday periods, trainees will be expected to spend five days working within their service.

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 is subject to change.

Students undertake three core modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed

Fees for this programme are available on request from the department.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

This programme has no additional costs. 

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

Places on this programme are funded by Health Education England. For further details, visit the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families webpages: 

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 Psychological Wellbeing Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practice 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 Psychological Wellbeing Practice PG Cert is not an ordinary application process. Mental health services across NHS, local authority and voluntary sectors working in London and the South East of England make an application to join the London and South East IAPT Learning Collaborative. On successful entry to the Collaborative, services will then advertise Children's Wellbeing Practitioner Posts. All applicants to these posts will be required to submit an application form to UCL in addition to a job application to the relevant Service. You must be successfully appointed as a Children's Wellbeing Practitioner working within an organisation which is part of the London and South East IAPT Learning Collaborative to be considered for this programme. Please see our website for more information.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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