UCL Graduate degrees


Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy PG Dip

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.

Key information

Programme starts

January 2022

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Students typically attend training two days per week (with some occasional extra days when specific training is required). The rest of the week will be spent within the students' host Trust.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 19 August 2021
Close: 15 December 2021
For closing dates please contact cypiapttherapy@annafreud.org

Tuition fees (2021/22)

To be confirmed (FT)
To be confirmed (PT)
To be confirmed (FT)
To be confirmed (PT)

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

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

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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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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) Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) or Under 5’s, depending on the module choice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.

The programme consists of two compulsory Core Skills modules (30 credits each) which all students will complete. Students then study two optional modules from their chosen speciality (i.e. ASCLD, IPT-A or Under 5s) (30 credits each).

Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy.

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Basic Clinical Skills and the CYP IAPT Model (Core Skills)

Specialist modules

  • Autism Spectrum Conditions/Learning Disabilities
  • Or CYP IAPT: Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents
  • Or CYP IAPT: Under 5’s

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

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.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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.


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


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.

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

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is no application fee for this programme.

Who can apply?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
15 December 2021

For closing dates please contact cypiapttherapy@annafreud.org

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.

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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