Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

If you don’t have the degree requirement for this course you should provide a portfolio of evidence of written work produced while training or working in the field.

Your qualification can be in any subject. No prior knowledge or experience in mental health is required. You must have experience and knowledge of the School system in the UK. You should demonstrate an interest and desire to work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. You must also show an interest in developing education in practice, therapy and skills fundamental to mental health care with children and young people. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry


Course content

Combining academic study with a clinical placement, you’ll gain direct experience of delivering cognitive-behavioural interventions to young people. You’ll also learn to support wider mental health interventions in school/college settings, as part of mental health support teams.

The course forms part of a shared Department of Health and Department for Education policy to increase access to psychological therapies and mental health support in school settings. This may result in some ‘recruit-to-train’ posts – advertised on NHS Jobs – where students are employed by a local mental health support team, receiving a salary and having a fully funded place on the course as part of their employment.

We currently have no capacity on this course to offer any placements for self-funded students. This is unlikely to change soon. The places on the course are associated with NHS contracts and go with recruit-to-train jobs. We interview with the employers and agree suitability for the course before jobs and places are offered.

The PGDip is run in partnership with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, providing a range of mental health services across the South of England.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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