Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing Grad Cert – 2018 entry

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Why Surrey?

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.

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.

Programme overview

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.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

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

Year 1 Graduate Certificate (FHEQ Level 6)

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Books/stationery/admin: £60
  • Commuting (local travel expenses): TBC
  • Grand total: £60

Some services will require you to purchase an encrypted USB stick. This is essential to purchase within the first two months.

You will be required to pay the upfront cost of travel and accommodation expenses incurred when on placements, these may vary depending on location.


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.

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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 programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

2018 Entry requirements

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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.

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Other entry requirements

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. 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.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
1 year

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Additional costs

There are additional costs associated with this programme – view the additional costs section for full details.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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

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