Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice in Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year

  • Starting:


  • UK Part Time fees:

    £2,550 (per 60 credits)

  • Distance Learning 22/23:

    £2,550 (per 60 credits)

  • Location:

    Waterside Campus or online

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries
+44 (0)1604 894503


Infancy is a critical period in a child’s life, during which early experiences can and do shape connections and relationships into adolescence and beyond. The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice in Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing is an AIMH accredited course enabling you to develop expertise in the field of infant mental health and wellbeing and offers you the opportunity to engage in critical debate, learning and discussions on the contemporary issues relating to the field.

You will undertake a journey of self-reflection and critical exploration with professionals from a range of different backgrounds. You will be taught by expert researchers and practitioners in the field of infant mental health and wellbeing from a variety of disciplines.


Updated 20/06/2022


  • Accredited by the Association of Infant Mental Health (AIMH)
  • Allows you to work while studying
  • Available to study 100% online or at Waterside Campus
  • Taught from a multi-disciplinary and multi-theoretical perspective

Course Content

  • The need for an interdisciplinary course on infant mental health and wellbeing reflects the growing awareness of the crucial role of early childhood internationally and is aligned to the wider policy developments included in the Best Start for Life Offer that is being implemented across England. This programme, which has been accredited by AIMH, a world leading organisation in this field, will have relevance to practitioners employed in the new family hubs, mother and baby psychiatric units and early help centres. It also addresses the recent development of the NHS Perinatal Mental Health Care Pathways.

    The Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice in Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing will offer you the opportunity to critically reflect on contemporary issues facing infants and their parents/carers. You will explore concepts such as brain development, attachment theory, the most current cutting edge knowledge on research into the factors impacting on parental and infant health and wellbeing. You will also explore the role of poverty, class and culture in how these shape experiences. These concepts cannot be covered without reflecting on your own journey in life, your own perceptions and conceptions of others. Therefore, so much of this course will be about you, encouraging you to hold the mirror up to yourself and have time and space to reflect on how your values and beliefs impact on your views on infant mental health and wellbeing.

    Engaging on the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Practice in Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing is a great opportunity to develop key skills, knowledge and expertise to enhance the lives and outcomes of infants and their families. You will develop key interpersonal skills in engaging and developing relationships with infants, families and parents/carers. By doing so you will have a better understanding of the infant-parent/carer dyad and understand the critical role of attachment.

    Students on this programme come from a range of professional backgrounds, whether this be nursing, midwifery, social work, health visiting, early years, or education to name but a few. Despite your different backgrounds you will all engage in an exciting course which will ensure strong inter-professional, multi-disciplinary and collaborative learning for all students that is aligned to the Interprofessional Education (IPE) agenda. The programme will provide development opportunities for those already working in this area, as well as attracting those looking for future employment, or being employed in, the new employment roles that will emerge in family hubs and mother and baby psychiatric units.

    You will be taught by practitioners and academics from a variety of expert backgrounds ranging from child development, early years, midwifery, health visiting, attachment and psychology.

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 22/23. The modules relating to the academic year 23/24 will be available from June 2023.

  • To study this course, you will need an honours degree, usually at 2:2 or above, from a UK institution or equivalent.

    Applications with no first degree but with relevant professional qualifications will be considered.

    You must be employed in a relevant setting.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements for study at postgraduate level:

    Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other band (or equivalent).
    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2022/23 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 22/23 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK Part Time: £2,550 per 60 credits
    • Distance Learning: £2,550 per 60 credits
  • The PGCert in Advanced Practice in Infant Mental Health and Wellbeing is accredited by the Association for Infant Mental Health (AIMH).

    By completing this award you will have achieved competency in all six domains of the Competency Framework set out by AIMH to become a Infant Mental Health Practitioner. The competency framework means that you will have the knowledge and skills in exploring key issues such as attunement, attachment, resilience and dyads.

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