Taught course

Systemic Practice

University of Leeds · Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
PGCertFoundation Intermediate

Entry requirements

This course is specifically designed for graduate level professionals with a first professional qualification in a relevant mental health or social care related discipline such as nursing, psychiatry, social work, clinical psychology or similar professions.

If you are working in a mental health or social care setting without a first professional qualification, you are welcome to appy for admission via our accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

Applicants must be working in a setting suitable to undertake the Systemic Practice requirement of 60 hours of systemic practice during the second year. The practice requirement must be supported by the agency and have suitable clinical supervision arrangements and facility to record, with client consent, one session (visual or audio) of clinical practice for assessment purposes.

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 and Systemic Practice

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 nursing, psychiatry, social work, clinical psychology, 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.

The Leeds Family Therapy and Research Centre has been training therapists for over 20 years to help individuals, couples and families find ways of tackling their problems.

Information for international students

This course requires an IELTS score of 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.

Fees and funding

Health Education Yorkshire and Humber (HEYH) funding through the Univesity of Leeds

If you are employed by a NHS organisation in Yorkshire and the Humber, you may be eligible for the funding through the University. Psychiatrists and GPs are not eligible but may contact the Deanery. The funding is limited and is allocated shortly after the application closing date. If you want to be considered for funding, please make sure that we receive your application well before the deadline.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0113 343 0806