UCL Graduate degrees


Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice PG Cert

This new programme, a Department of Health initiative, aims to train a new workforce for CAMHS: Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners. 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.

Key information

Programme starts

April 2018, April 2019

Modes and duration

Part time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2018/19)

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Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 29 March 2018

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).

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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About this degree

Students will learn evidence-based treatment techniques 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.

Students undertake three core modules to the value of 60 credits.

Core modules

The programme is divided into three core modules which run in parallel over the year.

  • Fundamental Skills: Children and Young People’s Mental Health Settings: Context and Values
  • Fundamental Skills: Assessment and Engagement
  • Evidence-based Interventions: Theory & Skills

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Teaching and learning

Trainees will be expected to attend teaching for approximately one day per week. Teaching is a combination of lecture-style workshops and small group seminars delivered by leading practitioners in the field. Assessment on the programme will comprise a combination of written, oral and video assessments.


Places on this programme are funded by Health Education England. For further details, visit the London and South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative 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.


All successful applicants will be undertaking this programme in conjunction with their service role in the CAMHS workforce as a Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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 of the services available across Children and Young Person Agencies.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Student / staff numbers › 181 staff including 173 postdocs › 780 taught students › 440 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

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.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is only available for employees of CYP IAPT partnerships in London and the South East.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 March 2018

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.

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 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.

Contact information

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