Taught course

Education Mental Health Practitioner for Children and Young People

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

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Entry requirements

You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject, such as child health and wellbeing, child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing, psychology, or early years, primary or secondary education. GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) is also required. Experience of working with children and young people and/or in mental health/education settings is desirable. An interview forms part of the selection process. If you accept a formal offer from Edge Hill University you will be required to apply for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure indicating that you meet the mandatory criteria of 'Clearance to Work with Children and/or Vulnerable Adults'. Further information will be sent to you after you have firmly accepted an offer.

Months of entry


Course content

The innovative role of an education mental health practitioner forms a key part of the Government's newly formed Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) and the national Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative. You will become employed by local participating mental health services and spend a training year undertaking this postgraduate diploma in which you will learn how to deliver low intensity evidence-based interventions to support children and young people facing common mental health problems. These include anxiety, low mood and behavioural difficulties. Through a combination of classroom-based learning and extensive practice experience, you will develop the expertise required to work effectively in child and adolescent mental health settings across both education and healthcare sectors. You will discover how the emerging role of an education mental health practitioner will support whole school approaches to mental health, identify common areas of adversity, disadvantage and risk among children and young people, and foster autonomy, independence and confidence in assessing, formulating and delivering low level interventions.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees will be paid by Health Education England.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


You will be assessed through a combination of assignments, examinations, project work, report writing and simulated assessments. These will include video recordings, individual and group presentations, reflective portfolios, and traditional written assignments. You will also need to evidence whole school-working in education settings and include evidence of supporting peer mentoring, providing staff training or running a psycho-education workshop. In addition to this, you will conduct groupwork with children, young people or parents or provide a piece of consultation work.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171