Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People

UCL - University College London · Division of Psychology and Language Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology) and/or professional qualification in a relevant subject. Additionally, applicants must have experience of working with children in education, health or social care settings and a work context that enables them to fulfil the programme requirements (including time to attend, and undertake case work and CBT with children). Please see 'who can apply' for further information.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides training for individuals in outcomes-based CBT interventions to promote psychological wellbeing in children and young people. This Master's programme is aimed at professionals already working in the field of children's services, including social care, education and health, who hope to gain skills they can practise in the workplace.

The programme is based and taught at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, the leading national charity supporting young minds through innovative therapeutic practice, training and research. The vision of the centre is a world in which children, young people and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.

Please note: From 2019 postgraduate teaching will move to a new Centre of Excellence as part of the development of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Teaching will no longer take place at Maresfield Gardens. If you are accepted on to the programme, we will keep you informed of the changes. You can find out more information about the Centre of Excellence here.

Students benefit from the centre's collaboration with UCL; they gain the advantages of studying within the intimate and vibrant environment of the centre, together with access to the facilities and resources of UCL - an internationally renowned university.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification and course duration


36 months


The programme is delivered at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and is taught by leading practitioners in the field. Teaching is a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. A core component of the programme is videoing of students' CBT practice which is discussed in small practice tutor groups during each teaching day.

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 3370 1214