Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing Grad Cert – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Grad Cert

1 year

Grad Cert

18 months

Start date: May 2021

Grad Cert

1 year

Why choose this course

The course is a well-established high-quality training programme for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners that runs for ten months on a full-time basis, with students working in service alongside their training on the course. We are ranked in the top ten for our psychology courses by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

The course is BPS accredited and part of the Department of Health ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programme (IAPT), which aims to improve access to evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS and any other qualified healthcare providers (AQP) through an expansion of the psychological therapy workforce and services.

The course covers the engagement and assessment of clients with common mental health problems, evidence-based treatments of these problems, and the understanding of the importance of client values, culture and diversity.

What you will study

The course comprises 60 credits which are achieved through the completion of 4 course modules. A 100 per cent attendance on all teaching days is expected to be met by students to pass the course.

Module 1 provides trainees with the skills and knowledge that they need to undertake a range of patient-centred assessments, in different formats and settings, so that they are able to identify the main areas of concern to the patient. Importantly, the module aims to develop trainee PWP’s capacity to effectively engage patients and establish an appropriate relationship whilst gathering information in a collaborative manner.  Finally, the module aims to provide trainee PWP’s with sufficient knowledge of mental health disorders and evidence-based therapeutic options so that they are able to enable their patient to make informed treatment choices.

Module 2 focuses on the knowledge and skills required to provide therapeutic support and management to individuals who are experiencing common mental health difficulties as well as their families, friends and carers. This module aims to achieve this by developing trainees competencies in the delivery of low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions.  This includes, but is not limited to, behavioural activation, exposure, cognitive restructuring, panic management, problem-solving, CBT-informed worry and sleep management.   Given that the overall delivery of these interventions is informed by behaviour change models and strategies, the module aims to equip trainee PWP’s with an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the COM-B model to promote psychological wellbeing.

Module 3 aims to develop trainee PWP’s understandings of the concepts of diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism in relation to the diverse communities served by the service within which the worker is operating. The module also seeks to develop trainee’s capacity to critically reflect on issues of power within professional - patient relationships, individual differences, and to develop their ability to practice respectfully and sensitively with clients. Finally, given the caseload that PWP’s are expected to work with, this module aims to develop PWP’s capacity to recognise the limitations of their competence and role and to be able to use stepping up and signposting to manage this.

Module 4 gives students from a wide range of disciplines in health and social care the opportunity to evidence their practice in their own clinical speciality. Students will be encouraged to examine theoretical aspects of decision-making, to analyse and develop their practice, develop strategies for effective and defendable practice through an analysis care situations from their practice.

Professional recognition

Grad Cert - British Psychological Society (BPS)
Accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) against the requirements for qualification as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:


Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).


The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with lectures most often on a Wednesday and Thursday, following an intensive 3 week introduction which normally consists of 4 days teaching a week and one day of self-taught study.

May intakes are run from our Kent location and October intakes from Guildford. If you are based in Kent, lectures take place at Kent Event centre, alternatively if based in Guildford these lectures take place at the University of Surrey. All examinations are conducted at the University of Surrey. 

Alongside the teaching on the course you will be employed full time by an IAPT service and receive clinical skills and case management supervision in service. Trainees will also be expected to undertake self-directed study and will have access to the University of Surrey Library and online resources.

Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.


Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

Additional entry requirements

Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 120 FHEQ Level 5 credits and 120 FHEQ Level 4 credits. Students should be working/ have recent experience in a relevant healthcare setting. If candidates do not have this, they might be able to apply for recognition of prior experience and learning if they have a minimum of three passes at GCE A Level (not including General Studies or Critical Thinking) or an equivalent qualification.

The course is open to trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners employed by local IAPT services.  

Services often advertise posts months in advance on local and national websites e.g.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Selection process

You should contact your server providers if you are interested in being considered for this course.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2020

Grad Cert

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas To be confirmed

Grad Cert

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas To be confirmed

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in May 2021

Grad Cert

UK and EU £9,250

Overseas To be confirmed

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: While the UK is part of the EU, the University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by the Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. Once the UK has left the EU, the fees rules may change and the University is bound to comply with applicable legislation.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online guide has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

University of Surrey

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