Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing PGCert – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Start date: May 2021

Full-time: 1 year

Why choose this course

If you wish to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, our PGCert Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing provides you with a forward-thinking course which promises to challenge you and grow you as a professional. We will make sure you develop the skills you need to add value and make a real difference to patient’s lives. 

Our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society and is part of the Department of Health’s ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ programme. IAPT improves access to evidence-based talking therapies in the NHS and other qualified healthcare providers through the continuous growth of the psychological therapy workforce and services.

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What you will study

Studying our course will introduce you to the way in which clients with common mental health problems are engaged with and assessed. Our course will motivate and inspire you while you receive the full benefits of combined study and hands-on clinical practice, allowing you to maximise your learning and professional potential. You can expect to develop the skills you need to apply theory in to your clinical practice both in supervision sessions and at the University through discussions and micro-teaching.

We will also help prepare you for clinical practice by introducing you to the personal impact of working with clients in distress and the associated ethnical concerns. 

You can be assured that the content of our course sits in line with the National Curriculum for the Education of Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners.


Our PGCert Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing training course will teach you important NHS values which will help you during your studies and in years to come:

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

The course team who will encourage and teach you are dedicated to recruiting graduates with values and behaviours which align to those of the NHS.

If you need more information about this, please view the Linking your values to the NHS Constitution document for details of the NHS and our values based recruitment approach.

Cohort size

Our cohorts typically range from 25-45 students.

Teaching approaches

You can expect specialist knowledge areas relevant to your subject area to be taught through a variety of proactive, dynamic methods, such as lectures, workshops, role playing, group discussions and other methods, including your continuous assignments. 

Parts of the course involving clinical practice will be supervised closely, and you will be required to keep a log of clients’ clinical activity as well as supervisory activity. You will be evaluated on your clinical competence as part of these practical learning experiences. 

Self-directed study will also form an important part of your time with us, while you benefit from our Library’s excellent physical and digital resources.

Course information

Our course has two intake periods: October marks the intake month of students who will study at Stag Hill campus and May is the intake month for students due to study at the Mercure Maidstone Hotel in Kent. However, you can still expect all examinations to be conducted at the University of Surrey. 

Professional recognition

PGCert - 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.


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

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, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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).

Entry requirements

While many PWPs are psychology graduates this is not a necessity.  Applications are welcomed from people with experience working in mental health or similar services who may not have been in education recently. Services will also have individual person specifications you are required to meet. For further details please visit the NHS careers website. 

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 ( 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.

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English language requirements

IELTS: 6.5 overall including 6.0 in each category.

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

Application link is provided to apply post internal trust interview with University of Surrey representative. Applicants should apply through NHS jobs initially.

Credit transfer

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.


Start date: October 2020

Full-time - 1 year

UK/EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

Start date: May 2021

Full-time - 1 year

UK/EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
  • 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. 


You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

How to apply

All applicants should apply directly though the local IAPT service providers with joint interviews taking place with University programme staff.

We are unable to consider direct individual applications.

Please look out for advertisements for this role in the relevant service providers’ websites or NHS jobs website.

The course has two intakes. The October intake are based at Guildford in the Stag Hill campus. The May intake are taught at the Mercure Maidstone Hotel in Kent. All examinations are conducted at the University of Surrey. 

Once you have been recruited by the PCT/service provider, you will be automatically sent to the University of Surrey for training on the above course.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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 prospectus 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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