PGCert
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

Low-Intensity Psychological Interventions for Children and Young People

This course offers professional training. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to carry out a range of discrete evidence-based interventions with children and young people.

You don’t need experience in the field of mental health to take this course.

This course is offered in partnership between the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Key facts

  • Psychology at Sussex was placed in the top 10 for research in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • We are one of the largest psychology units in the UK. You’ll study in an intellectually stimulating and supportive environment for postgraduate research and study.
  • Clinical placements are provided as part of the training on this course, allowing you access to – and experience of – working within public-sector mental health services.

How will I study?

Our taught modules are assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • essays
  • clinical activity reports
  • clinical commentary
  • portfolios.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, contact us at psychology@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Developmental Models, Psychopathology and Healthcare Legislation for Children and Young People

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      By the end of this module you will have gained knowledge in developmental models, psychopathology in children and young people (CYP), and relevent legislation, polices and frameworks associated with working with CYP in mental health care.

      You will also be introduced to concepts in the therapeutic relationship and group processes relevant to CYP.

      Sessions will include thoeretical teaching, giving you an overview of the topic area.

    • Fundamentals of Therapeutic Interaction with Children and Young People

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      By the end of this module you will know about the strategies and techniques to prepare you to undertake basic assessment with children and young people informed by cognitive behavioural therapy.

      Sessions will include thoeretical teaching, giving you an overview of the topic area. Your knowledge and skills will then be grounded and consolidated through individual and small group excercises, modelling and rehearsing using case examples in clinical skills-based sessions.

    • Therapeutic Engagement, Assessment and Intervention with Children and Young People

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      By the end of this module you will have learnt about using behavioural activation to bring about mood change, problem-solving and star charts to bring about behavioural change and the idea of psycho education for healthy living.

      Sessions will include theoretical teaching giving you an overview of the topic area. Your knowledge and skills will then be grounded and consolidated through individual and small group excercises, modelling and rehearsing using case examples in clinical skills-based sessions.

    • CBT Informed Interventions for Children and Young people

      15 credits
      Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1

      By the end of this module you will have learnt about:

      • graded exposure for specific anxiety difficulties
      • thought records and cognitive restructuring for low mood
      • adaptations for working with groups
      • lapse prevention.

      Sessions will include theoretical teaching giving you an overview of the topic area. Your knowledge and skills will then be grounded and consolidated through individual and small group excercises, modelling and rehearsing using case examples in clinical skills-based sessions.

Entry requirements

A lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree or above in any subject. No prior knowledge or experience in mental health is required but you should demonstrate an interest and desire to work with children and young people with mental health difficulties and to develop education in practice, therapy and skills fundamental to mental health care with children and young people.

In order to be accepted on the course you must also pass an interview.

Applications for this course are competitive and can close early. We therefore recommend an early application - ideally by April.

English language requirements

Higher level (IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

Home: £4,100 per year

EU: £4,100 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,100 per year

Overseas: £4,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

For clinical courses of this sort, teaching and supervision is provided in co-operation with staff affiliated with the local NHS Mental Health Trust, the Sussex Partnership Trust (SPT), who have the requisite clinical training and teaching experience.

Careers

Graduate destinations

96% of students from the School of Psychology were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • behavioural therapist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
  • young adult transition worker, NHS
  • nursery assistant, Sure Start.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

This course gives Psychology graduates an opportunity to move into employment with their local NHS Trust or other healthcare-providing organisations within the NHS, third-sector or private-sector arena.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

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