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.

Key information

Programme starts

January 2022

Modes and duration

Part time: 1 year

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 19 August 2021
Close: 15 December 2021

Tuition fees (2021/22)

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See Fees Note (PT)

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: ucl.ac.uk/students/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).

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 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.


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.

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.


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/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.

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 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
15 December 2021

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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