UCL Graduate degrees


Child and Young Persons Psychological Wellbeing Practice PG Cert

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.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

January 2021

Modes and duration

Part time: 1 year

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 24 August 2020
Close: 18 December 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)

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

Location: London, Kings 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).

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.


There is no dissertation for this programme.

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.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

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. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


Places on this programme are funded by Health Education England. For further details, visit the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families webpages: https://www.annafreud.org/transforming-the-workforce/cyp-mh-workforce-development-old/childrens-wellbeing-practitioner-programme/

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 CWP.

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 how to work with other services in the child and adolescent field. 

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.

Who can apply?

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.


Application deadlines

All applicants
18 December 2020

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.

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.

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