Taught course

Educational Mental Health Practitioner

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

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required (in any academic subject). No prior professional experience / accreditation is required.

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 is a shared initiative between the Department of Education and Department of Health and supports the government’s priority to increase access of mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people. The new Education Mental Health Practitioner (EMHP) role is an exciting opportunity to deliver evidence-based early interventions for children and young people in educational settings in England such as schools and colleges.

UCL has a formal partnership with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF), a national charity with a worldwide reputation. This programme will be delivered by the AFNCCF where you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced practitioners in the field.

At the AFNCCF, we aim to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in promoting the resilience and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

Entry to this programme is through a training contract with a relevant Trailblazer site. Positions are co-ordinated centrally and advertised via UCL Admissions. Recruitment is organised with the application process open for a limited period of time only. Please read the  EMHP Recruitment Pack.

For more information, see our Applications page.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


During university days, trainees will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in delivering low intensity evidence-based interventions for mild to moderate mental health difficulties in educational settings. Programme trainees will develop these skills further undertaking case work within the Mental Health Support Teams in which they are employed.

Trainees will be expected to attend teaching for approximately three days a week in the first term and approximately two days a week in terms two and three. Teaching is a combination of lecture-style workshops delivered by leading practitioners in the field and small practice tutor groups to help link theory to practice. This includes case discussions.

Assessment on the programme will comprise of written, oral and video assignments in order to demonstrate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills.

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214