Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practitioner

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    1 year full time

  • Starting:

    September, January

  • Location:


Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries
0300 303 2772


Taught by Psychological wellbeing practitioners, psychotherapists and psychologists who are specialists in specific areas of CAMHS, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Education.

The programme is designed to equip students with the skills to work with children, young people and parents to assess and support for common mental health difficulties, including depression and anxiety through cognitive behavioural therapy approaches.

The Diploma consists of 4 compulsory 30 credit modules, assessed at Level 7.

Should you require more information you can contact the IAPT team.

Updated 10/08/2022


  • You will use evidence-based CBT principles to assess and support children experiencing depression and anxiety within school settings
  • Mental Health and Education Specialists develop you into competent practitioners in the whole-school approach, group work and 1:1 treatment
  • We work closely with your employers to allow you time to hone and practise skills and have adequate placements in schools. We offer regular dedicated time for pastoral support through the placement year

Take a look around our Waterside campus

If you’d like to see more of our Waterside campus, come and join us for a socially distanced CAMPUS TOUR.

Book a Campus Tour

Course Content

  • This course has been designed to contribute towards achieving the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goal: SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing.

    The programme uses lectures, skills workshops and seminars, work-based learning, and supervision (led by the HEI and by workplace supervisors) to support students in developing knowledge and critical understanding of low intensity working in child and adolescent mental health in schools and colleges.

    It is therefore assumed that the employer will provide students with sufficient support and time to complete their assessed work and to participate fully in all elements of their learning.

    Successful applicants are recruited into a full-time Role within a Mental Health Support Team linked with schools. The attendance to the course is part-time within this training scheme, days not at university are spent in school placement.

    The PGDip places a strong emphasis on work based learning, and students will develop and assess the knowledge and skills developed in workshops, individual and online learning contexts, supported by academic staff as well as supervisors in learning sets in their places of work. Students’ participation in the PGDip is with the full support of their employer, who has collaborated with the University to recruit students to work in their service and be trained on the programme.

    Module information can be found on the Award Map.

    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.

  • Please note applications for this course can only be made following successful appointment in the CAMHS workforce as a trainee Education Mental Health Practitioner . For further information and to register your interest please contact the IAPT Team.

    You will need to have a first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent.

    The programme welcomes applications from undergraduate students and from professionals in the workplace who can demonstrate evidence of experiential learning in keeping with the admissions criteria.

    With your application you need to complete and submit an Employer Declaration form which has been signed by your manager with your online application. You can find the Employer Declaration form on the additional documents page.

    For further information about applying to postgraduate study, please visit the how to apply for postgraduate study page.

    DBS Clearance

    Students will be required, as part of their admissions process, to apply for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. Unless you are signed up to the DBS update service, we cannot accept previous DBSs as evidence of clearance – each student will need to go through this process before being allowed to undertake any work that requires contact with potentially vulnerable members of the public, including children. If either is not completed or withheld for any reason (e.g. current or spent convictions) the student will not be able to progress to any element of the programme that requires contact with children and young people or vulnerable people.

    English Language Requirements

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

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with a score no lower than 6.0 for writing and no remaining band/component below 5.5 for study at postgraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • This course is funded by the NHS. For further information, please email IAPT.

  • The course draws heavily on the internet (particularly our Nile platform), as a means of communicating with students, and as a learning platform. If you do not have internet access at home, please familiarise yourself with the large range of computer facilities the university offers. Students have access to IT suites in the Learning Hub, computers in the library.

Upcoming Open Days

Open Days give you the best experience and insight to courses, people and facilities that interest you. Make your choice easier and come meet us.


Placeholder image for Tamana Bassi, Lecturer in Children and Young People (LIST)
Tamana Bassi

Lecturer in Children and Young People (LIST)
Postgraduate Diploma in Education Mental Health Practitioner

View Profile

Careers and Employability

Following successful completion of the course, you will qualify as a Educational Mental Health Practitioner at NHS Band 5.

Is this course for you?