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PGCert Clinical Supervision of Psychological Therapies Practice

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 12 months part time
Entry year 2024 (September start)
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology
Typical offer

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Minimum of two years’ post-qualification supervisory experience

Contextual offers


  • Suitable for experienced professionals with significant experience of working with children, young people and families’ mental health within a supervisory capacity.
  • This programme will update you with the latest research and practice in the clinical supervision of evidence-based psychological therapies.
  • We provide you with the knowledge and competencies required to supervise practitioners in effective practice.
  • You will be part of a supportive learning environment that fosters your academic and personal development.

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Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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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.

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

To apply for this course you need to be employed by a participating NHS or voluntary sector service - see a full list of applicable services here.

This course is suitable for experienced staff with significant experience of working with children, young people and families’ mental health within a supervisory capacity. Candidates will be expected to have postgraduate professional training or equivalent professional experience in the area in which they are supervising (CBT, Systemic family practice, parenting, 0-5s, or CWP). For those within Mental Health Support Teams they will be part of their local offer to support Education Mental Health Practitioners with suitable experience and training.

Candidates will also be expected to have a minimum of two years’ post qualification supervisory experience, and a minimum of four years’ experience in Children and Young People’s mental health.

CBT supervisors must have either provisional or full therapist accreditation with BABCP on application to the course

Parenting supervisors are required to be accredited with BABCP, so will need to have completed the BABCP’s core profession pathway/KSA or have a core profession and be eligible to apply for accreditation as a parenting practitioner.

SFP Supervisors must have full family therapist accreditation with AFT. Supervisors must be AFT registered Systemic Supervisors or for those who meet the competencies required for registration, eligible for registration. (AFT will provide processes for achieving registration through an Apel route.)

In areas with limited resource of registered Systemic Supervisors, supervisors would need to have completed a qualifying training in Systemic Family Therapy, have a minimum of 3 years' post qualifying experience, have gained previous experience of supervising systemic practice within a CAMHS setting and must make a commitment (which is to be supported in writing by the service) to start an AFT accredited or equivalent systemic supervision course within 2 years.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

Within mental health and social care settings it is becoming increasingly recognised that clinical supervision plays a fundamental role in improving clinical outcomes, supporting practitioners and ensuring safe and efficient practice. In this programme you will develop an advanced and critical knowledge of the theory surrounding clinical supervision and mastery of the competencies associated with clinical skills and/or case management supervision. Considerable opportunity for supervision and reflection on your supervisory practice will be afforded to enhance learning and ongoing action planning. The programme is delivered over a single year.

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through the NHS or voluntary sector services where you work and not directly through the University of Exeter.


This course is funded by Health Education England, so fees are not payable by candidates. You will be put forward for the course by your participating service and will need to be available for approximately 1.5 days per week for training/study (2 days for SFP due to live supervision)


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries page.

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

Teaching and research

Teaching consists of tutorials, small group supervision, practice based supervision of supervision placement, and guided independent study.

Types of assessments include:

  • reflective supervision report
  • reflective commentary
  • essay
  • supervisor rated competency tape or audio recording
  • and self assessment and supervision practice portfolio.


This programme is training people already in a career within the NHS or NHS Talking Therapies service. It will provide you with an outstanding opportunity to develop your 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.