Taught course

Educational Mental Health Practitioner

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

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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). Evidence of prior experience working with children and young people is preferred.

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.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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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 to 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 such as schools and colleges in England.

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 Mental Health Support Team site.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    full 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, this includes children and young people presenting with difficulties with anxiety, low mood and mild-moderate challenging behaviour The interventions taught on the programme focus primarily on working with adolescents and parents/ carer in an educational setting. 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 approximately three days a week for part of the year, and approximately 1-2 days for the remaining part (time for remote engagement in online teaching materials and self-directed study time may be included in this).

Course contact details

+44 (0) 20 3370 1214