Supervision: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Services PG Cert

London, King's Cross (Anna Freud Centre)

The Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Supervision course is a one-year programme for clinicians and managers working in services committed to delivering Transformation and Change in CYPMH and Wellbeing Services. It is specifically designed to support individuals in their role as Site Supervisors of trainees that are registered on a variety of CYP-MH workforce programmes, such as the PG Dip in CYP IAPT Therapy (Recruit to Train), the PG Cert in Children & Young People’s Psychological Wellbeing Practice (CWPs) or the PG Dip in Educational Mental Health Practice (EMHPs).

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
See Fees Note
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
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1 calendar year
Programme starts
January 2024
Applications accepted
January 2024 entry: 16 Oct – 19 Dec 2023

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) 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 will have at least 2 years experience of working with children and young people in clinical settings. They will be competent/ accredited in the clinical models that they are supervising. They will be actively involved in supervising within their clinical sites.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

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.

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

In supporting the training needs of students registered on these government funded workforce programmes, there has been a clear need identified for Site Supervisors to be supported and trained to adequately oversee the work of trainees within all these various settings. The UCL Supervisors programme will help to extend the Supervisor's knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice and supervision models within CAMHS, community and school settings.

The programme represents a departure from discipline-based supervision to supporting the development of competencies in supervisors to enable the delivery of a range of models in their services aligned to the evidence base for low intensity interventions.

Who this course is for

This programme is designed for at experienced clinicians and managers who are employed as Site Supervisors to trainees who are registered on a variety of CYP-MH workforce programmes. The course will expand their supervision knowledge and skills, by increasing their understanding of evidence-based practice and supervision models within CAMHS, community and school settings.

What this course will give you

UCL has a formal partnership with Anna Freud (AF), a national charity with a worldwide reputation. This programme will be delivered by the AF where you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in the field.

At AF, we aim to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in promoting the resilience and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

Entry to this programme is through an employment contract with a relevant CYPMH (Children and Young People's Mental Health) provider. Positions are co-ordinated centrally and advertised via UCL Admissions. Recruitment is organised with the application process open for a limited period of time only.

Students will learn how supervision can enhance trainee therapists' knowledge of multi-agency systems. They will be introduced to relevant theory, models and interventions designed to support development of the new child mental health workforce in schools and in the community.

The foundation of your career

On successful completion of the programme, you will develop the necessary theoretical and practical skills and competencies needed to supervise students delivering the CYP IAPT evidence based interventions. In doing so, making your service a safer environment for trainees to practice within and support clients, promoting the values of accountability and collaboration, whilst also helping to further the aims of the CYP IAPT model initiated by the Department of Health and Social Care.


The programme is designed to train and guide students whilst they undertake a role as a site supervisor within a relevant CYPMH (Children and Young People's Mental Health) service. Following successful completion, you will continue working on-site as a Supervisor, with an enhanced skill set, further developing these within an applied setting. You may also go on to mentor other new site supervisors, thus supporting your employability prospects.


You will have a chance to network with fellow professional peers also undertaking the course, as well as meet with external experts who are often invited to lead some of the teaching.

Teaching and learning

Teaching days are a combination of both in-person and online sessions. Lectures and skills-based workshops form the core teaching, and these are developed further in Practice Tutor Groups (PTGs). Students are expected to video record their supervision sessions and share these as part of small group learning and reflective practice.

Assessment on the programme will comprise of a variety of coursework, to assess students' knowledge, practical, reflective and evaluative skills within the context of being a site supervisor. There are four pieces of work: An essay on effective supervision, a reflective essay, and a video recording of a supervision session with a reflective analysis, plus a supervision portfolio.

There are approx. 15 teaching days, plus 4 study days across the year. Students attend university fortnightly in term 1, thereafter on average monthly, typically on Wednesdays.

You will supervise each trainee or other designated supervisee for a minimum of 1 hour weekly. You are expected to have a total of 35 hours per trainee/ supervisee for the year.

You are expected to have received supervision of your supervisory practice on site, with a minimum of 12 hours across the year. This should not be Line Management. We recommend that 3 hours out of the 12 include examples of live observation, video or audio recording of your supervisory practice.


PSYC0248 Supervision Theory and Context (30 credits)
Critical Evaluation of Supervision (4,000 Words) 100%

PSYC0252 Supervision Practice (30 credits)
Reflective Essay (2,500 Words) 50%
Whole Session Videotape with Reflective Analysis (1,500 Words) 50%

N.B. All modules are non-condonable.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Trainees will undertake two compulsory modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Supervision: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Services.


Site learning

All trainees will undertake this programme alongside employment in a Children and Young People's Mental Health setting. 


The programme includes supervision skills learning for which, work placements are required and this will be the student's current work site. The reliability and quality of Site supervision is essential to the success and quality of the therapist training. The Programme is designed to enable students to extend their knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice in CYPMH (Children and Young People's Mental Health) settings and support them in their role as a Supervisor.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) See Fees Note
Tuition fees (2024/25) See Fees Note

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

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 NHS England. For further details, visit the CYPMH Workforce Development web page.

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

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study Supervision: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Services at graduate level
  • Why you want to study Supervision: Children and Young People's Mental Health and Wellbeing Services at UCL
  • What particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • How your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • Demonstrate your experience of clinically delivering the therapeutic approach for which you are applying to supervise (e.g., CBT)
  • 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.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate your reasons for applying to this programme.

Additionally, your supporting statement should be tailored to the position of Supervisor and state clearly how you meet the person specification for this role.

Applicants are also required to show:

  • Evidence of ability to study successfully at postgraduate level.
  • Substantial experience working with children and young people in health and/or educational settings in clinical settings
  • Evidence that they have a broad understanding of mental health issues and the UK's educational systems.

The application to the Supervision programme is not an ordinary application process. As a preliminary stage, CYPMH service sites bid to become Partners in the delivery of a relevant Workforce Development Programme. Managers, supervisors and therapists are then put forward by these particular partnerships to take part in the programme. Therefore, you have to be working within an organisation which is part of an existing Partner site delivering CYPMH services to be considered for this programme.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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