Taught course

Family Therapy and Systemic Practice

Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education

Entry requirements

•A UK Honours Degree. In order to maximise access to training in systemic practice, entry requirement for foundation level are kept to a minimum by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. Students should have: A relevant professional training or equivalent (these may include nursing, psychology, social work, psychiatry and other medical specialties, teaching, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, counselling, and dance, drama or music therapy.) For students just wishing to do Year 1, substantial experience in caring may also be considered (eg child and family workers, foster carers) Students will need two references, one of which should comment on the applicant's professional practice. This is to comply with the AFT requirements. •Interview (phone would suffice) For entry to Module 1 (year1), students will need the opportunity to apply systemic ideas to the current work setting For entry into Module 2 (year2) students must have the opportunity to complete at least 60 hours of systemic practice in the twelve months leading the end of the course For entry into Module 2 (year 2) students must have successfully completed module 1, or an AFT accredited Foundation level training elsewhere within the last 5 years , or to have had formal training in systemic ideas as part of training for professional registration (eg during psychology training courses).

Months of entry


Course content

If you’re committed to a career as a qualified systemic psychotherapist then this postgraduate certificate (PG Cert) is your first stepping stone. Over two years you’ll study flexibly to fit around your work commitments. The course is also for any professional who wants to develop skills in working systemically with individuals, couples and families.

By successfully completing your PG Cert you’ll be able to continue your studies to the completion of your MSc, which will then allow you to register as a family and systemic psychotherapist, on the basis that you fulfil AFT requirements. You’ll also be able to refer to yourself as a systemic practitioner, which will be a significant addition to your professional portfolio.

Our course is carried out at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit and we have strong links with the local mental health trust, allowing you to come into contact with a wide range of professionals already working in family psychotherapy

Our PG Cert is the first two years of a four-year qualification for Family and Systemic Psychotherapy. Made up of two modules, our course is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy (AFT), so you can be confident that you’re developing skills that are up-to-date and relevant for a career in family psychotherapy. Each module can be studied alone as part of your continued professional development, or they can be combined as you work towards your full training to become a qualified systemic (family) psychotherapist.
Our course is suitable whatever client groups you work with and will build on your knowledge, beliefs and experiences within your own work context. You’ll develop a deep understanding of systemic thinking and practice and how to put this into practice with clients and families, exploring a range of presenting problems and contexts spanning the lifecycle from birth to old age.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries Anglia Ruskin University
01245 686868