Taught course

Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing

University of Surrey · Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Entry requirements

Postgraduate route

Accumulated credit volume of 360 FHEQ Level 4-6 credits (achieved to 2:1), of which at least 120 will be at FHEQ Level 6. Students should be working/ have recent experience in a relevant healthcare setting.

Other entry requirements: Each student that is employed by the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) Section 4 (2) (Exemptions) Order 1975 and DHSS Circular HC (88)9 guidelines regarding police checks and child protection.

Undergraduate route

Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 120 FHEQ Level 5 credits and 120FHEQ Level 4 credits. Students should be working/ have recent experience in a relevant healthcare setting. Students who do not have the above academic profile should seek advice as it may not exclude them from applying for our modules and programmes of study. However, in this case the trainee will need a minimum of three passes at GCE A Level (not including General Studies or Critical Thinking) or an equivalent qualification (having been provisionally offered a job in an IAPT service) and they will need to go through the university's accreditation of prior experience and learning process to check that they are able to demonstrate their ability to work at the appropriate academic level. Part of this will involve writing an academic essay. Please contact admissions (admissions@surrey.ac.uk) to discuss this further if this applies to you.

All applicants should have experience working with people with mental health problems and have a desire to empower people to manage their difficulties. You will have good organisation skills to manage the high volume caseload. Additionally you will be able to communicate clearly verbally and in writing to patients, carers and other professionals.

Months of entry

May, October

Course content

Our PGCert Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing course will introduce you to how clients with common mental health problems are engaged with and assessed in a clinical setting. We’ll give you the skills to add value and make a real difference to patients' lives using evidence-based talking therapies.

Our teaching has been designed to match the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) National Curriculum for the Education of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, and our clinical placements will give you hands-on experience, to put theory into practice. These are underpinned by the following core NHS values:

  • Commitment to quality of care
  • Compassion
  • Everyone counts
  • Improving people’s lives
  • Respect and dignity for all
  • Working together for patients.

On successful completion of this course, you’ll have the academic requirements needed to practice as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner with the BPS.

What you will study

You’ll learn how to effectively treat patients presenting with common mental health difficulties using a range of low intensity cognitive behavioural-based interventions. You’ll develop your competencies as a reflective practitioner who’s able to critically engage with literature.

You’ll gain an appreciation for diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism, to effectively operate in an inclusive value driven service, that promotes recovery, and recognises and respects diversity. We’ll prepare you for clinical settings by introducing you to the personal impact of working with clients in distress and the associated ethnical concerns.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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