Taught course

Systemic Practice

University of Leeds · Leeds Institute of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

This programme is specifically designed for graduate professionals in areas such as social work, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, counselling, occupational therapy, art therapy and similar professional backgrounds. Applicants are usually graduates and professionally qualified. Applications can be considered from other professionals working in health and social care settings with an interest in systemic therapeutic thinking and practice via our professional accreditation of prior experiential learning. Contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Admissions Team team for more details. Applicants must also have the opportunity to complete at least 60 hours of systemic practice in the second year of the programme and must therefore be working in a health or social care setting where this is supported.

Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice covers the first two years of family therapy training and combines both Foundation and Intermediate level training in systemic practice. Each level of training is accredited by the Association of Family Therapy.

The programme is multi-disciplinary and covers aspects of working with families in clinical settings, as well as wider applications of systemic thinking and practice. It is suitable for professionals working in psychology, nursing, psychiatry, social work, counselling, voluntary organisations and related fields.

The programme is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and successful completion meets the training requirement for application to the qualifying course in Systemic Family Therapy leading to UKCP registration.

Information for international students

IELTS (academic) score of 7.0 or equivalent with at least 6.5 in every component if English is not your native language.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0113 343 0806