PGDip/GradDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Children, Young People and Families)

Duration Full time 1 year
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date January


This Postgraduate Diploma programme has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills in evidence-based psychological therapies required by the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (CYP IAPT) Programme. You will complete all the requirements of the CYP IAPT national curriculum through university-based workshops, clinical supervision groups and tutorials. You will also be supported to undertake supervised clinical practice with children, young people and their parents. On successful completion of the programme you may be eligible to apply for accreditation of your therapy practice by the appropriate Professional Standards or Regulatory Body, subject to additional requirements as necessary (eg. British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy). The programme is delivered over a year.

In this programme we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the CYP IAPT Programme. We aim to 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.

Applicants without a degree

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

Programme progression

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Children, Young People and Families)

Programme structure

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.

Learning and teaching

Teaching consists of lectures and workshops and small group tutorials. Sessions will include role-play, practical exercises and small group discussions. There will also be regular supervision sessions with University supervisors. Guided independent study is expected to take place.

Types of assessments include:

  • supervisor rating of core therapy competencies (CAPS)
  • essays
  • reflective practice logs
  • competency tapes and self-rating of competencies
  • case presentation
  • case reports
  • and a clinical portfolio.

Some students will be required to complete a KSA portfolio


This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or an IAPT service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop their competencies and knowledge associated with practice as a 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.

Entry requirements


There are five CYP IAPT learning Collaboratives nationally made up of Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and Training Providers working with local partnerships of health and local authority commissioners and providers from the statutory and third sector. These local partnerships, which in some areas are called CAMHS Partnerships, were already working together to provide targeted and specialist (Tier 2 and 3) Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

The five collaboratives and their associated HEIs are:

  • London and the South East (HEI: University College London and Kings College London)
  • Oxford /Reading (HEI: Reading University)
  • North West (HEI: Greater Manchester West Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training Centre)
  • North East, Yorkshire and Humber (HEI: Northumbria University)
  • South West (HEI: Exeter University)

Applications to the CYP IAPT National Team of new partners (services) must be made by the CAMHS Partnership of commissioners and providers working in a discrete and defined borough based local area. The programme is particularly keen to encourage participation by the voluntary sector in the training and service development within partnerships. Local area partnerships which seek to join the existing collaboratives must include as a minimum the health commissioner, the local authority commissioner and the NHS CAMHS provider. Those partners that are shortlisted will then be offered and interview with the learning collaborative.

If partners are successful in being able to join a collaborative, they will then be asked to submit application forms for individual staff members that they wish to be entered in to the training programmes (based on the number of training places the National Team have offered them). A shortlisting and interview process with then determine which staff meet the national criteria to commence the training programmes at the University. It is currently not possible for individuals to apply to the CYP IAPT training course if they are not working in one of the selected services.

Applicants without a degree

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

Fees and funding

Home/EU students


Contact us

Programme administrator:

Sarah Niles
College of Life and Environmental Sciences,
Washington Singer,
Room 001,
Perry Road,

Tel: +44 (0)1392 722459

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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.