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Postgraduate taught

PGCert/GradCert Psychological Therapies Practice
(Low Intensity CBT for Children, Young People and Families) - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year part time
Entry year 2020 (2 intakes: September or January start)
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology

Programme administrator: Trina Ritchie
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723705

Typical offer

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Experience of working with children and young people with mental health difficulties

Contextual offers


  • Develop your career as a Wellbeing Practitioner
  • Develop your clinical competency in the low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy clinical method
  • Gain an understanding of ways to adapt your practice to accommodate diversity and increase access to evidence-based psychological therapies
  • This programme will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop the competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People (CYP)
  • A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development

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Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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Programme administrator: Morgan Craig


Phone: +44 1392 726139

This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.

Competency-based training, delivered according to the latest evidence-informed clinical pedagogic approaches

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of ability to study successfully at undergraduate level or equivalent
  • Experience of working with children and young people (with mental health difficulties)

Applicants without a degree

This programme is offered at both postgraduate level (PGCert) and at final year undergraduate degree level (GradCert). If you do not hold an undergraduate degree you may be eligible for enrolment on the GradCert programme. The topics you will study are the same for both programmes. Please contact the administrative team for more information.

Course content

The aims of the PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children, Young People and Families) are to:

  • Provide you with a thorough grounding in the Department of Health Wellbeing Practitioner for Children and Young People (WP-CYP) curriculum working within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme.
  • Develop your understanding and clinical competency in the low intensity CBT clinical method and enable you to adapt your practice to work effectively with children and young people (CYP), their parents/carers and professionals with diverse needs.
  • Provide you with the foundations to establish a commitment to continuing professional development and becoming an evidence-based practitioner.
  • Provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

How to apply

In order to apply for this programme you will need to be selected for a Trainee Children’s Wellbeing Practitioner job role with one of our NHS/voluntary sector partner services, where you will be employed to train at the university while working within the service. Please see the SW CYP IAPT website for a full list of services.

Jobs will be advertised on the NHS jobs website and on individual partner websites, as well as on our SW CYP IAPT website. Please note it is not possible to apply directly to the University of Exeter as you are required to be working within a clinical service in order to participate in the course.


This course is funded by Health Education England, so fees are not payable by candidates. You will be employed and paid by your service on a minimum 12-month contract, and will split your time between working clinically at your service and studying at the university.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available for students applying to study with us in 2023, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Teaching includes:

  • taught sessions
  • work-based directed learning days
  • supervision roleplays
  • SP/SR (Self Practice/Self Reflection) activities.

1-1 tutorials also take place to support student learning and course progress.

Assessments include:

  • a recorded presentation
  • a written exam
  • formative PPD (Professional Practice Document)
  • recordings
  • reflective commentaries
  • and practice outcomes document/Portfolio. 


This programme will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your competencies and knowledge as a children’s wellbeing practitioner.

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development.

Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised research environment, where members of your teaching team have first-hand experience within the clinical setting.
  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, designed to develop you on your terms.