UCL Graduate degrees


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

This programme is aimed at supporting individuals in their role as Site Supervisors of trainees registered on our other workforce development programmes delivered in collaboration with UCL at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF).

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)

See fees note (PT)
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) 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.

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

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.

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.

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 two compulsory modules which are delivered across the year: Supervision, Theory and Context and Supervision Practice.

  • Module 1: Supervision Theory and Context (30 credits)
  • Module 2: Supervision Practice (30 credits)


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.

Teaching and learning

University teaching days will involve a combination of lectures, whole group discussion and exercises, workshops, as well as small group project work in skills practice groups. Teaching will include live supervision of assessments and direct work, clinical caseload management and supervision of guided self-help interventions administered by trainees. Models of supervision will be introduced along with competency frameworks and use of feedback tools. 

Assessment on the programme will comprise of a variety of coursework, examining a range of communication skills including written skills, in order to assess students’ knowledge, practical, reflective and evaluative skills within the context of being a site supervisor.

Teaching to the whole group will be delivered online and in small group tutorials to maximise peer learning. The programme will comprise 12-15 teaching days using a blended learning model. Students will be expected to record live supervision sessions with their trainees and share these as part of small group learning and reflection in their practice tutor groups.

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 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.


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.


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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

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

At the AFNCCF, 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 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.

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.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at students who are employed in sites where trainees are delivering the training programmes referred to above. Supervisors will be required to supervise at least one trainee practitioner on their site to meet requirements for this course. All supervisors will be required to supervise trainees weekly and to run supervision groups of trainees where numbers dictate. Applicants must have two years of clinical experience working within CYP Educational or Mental Health settings.

Application deadlines

All applicants
15 December 2021

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.

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 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
  • 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 of active involvement in supervising within their clinical sites.
  • Evidence that they have a broad understanding of mental health issues and the UK’s educational systems.

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