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PgCert Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health

The course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to intervene confidently and effectively when working with children, young people and families with mental health issues. It provides you with the evidence base for the determinants of children's emotional well being. It also enables you to apply this knowledge in early interventions with families.

Course description

The course is aimed at professionals working with children and young people with mental health issues. The course has been developed by a multi-professional team to provide new insights into working with complex family mental health issues in the community. The perspectives of practitioners from health, social care and education is integrated into the delivery of both modules.

The first module provides you with the framework for assessment of children and young people and the factors which impact on their emotional health. During this module attachment, family dynamics, concepts of risk and resilience are examined in depth.

The second module presents the aetiology of mental disorders and their management and treatment. You build your knowledge and skills in diagnostic tools, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, solution focused therapy, family therapy, sensory assessment/integration and psychotherapy through role play and personal research.

All practitioners are required to demonstrate extended specialist knowledge in their chosen speciality when they are applying for career progression. Completing this course allows you to demonstrate your extended knowledge in caring for children, adolescents and families with mental health issues. This course enables you to contribute to the workforce transformation agenda as you apply these skills in your workplace.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

Typically a first degree with honours or professional qualification, recognised as being equivalent to degree standard


Typically an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma, or university diploma or evidence of level 6 study

Accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent.If your level of English language is currently below IELTS 7.0 we recommend you consider an appropriate Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required level of English.

Course structure

Distance learning - 1 year

Start date September

Typical modules may include

Core modules

Early intervention in child, adolescent and family mental health (30 credits)

Focused upon early years: neuro/cognitive/physical development; attachment; family relationships; risk/resilience, parenting; etc.

Enhancing practice in child, adolescent and family mental health (30 credits)

Focuses on disorders and interventions/strategies that arise from childhood into adolescence, and how these impact upon the whole family and the community at large.

Modules can be undertaken as stand-alone, or as part of the PgCert and the credits awarded can then be transferred to further awards (PgDip, MSc Advanced Professional Practice) as appropriate.

Assessment Written assignments and production of health promotion resource


Upon completion of a postgraduate certificate, you are able to complete your postgraduate study to Masters level, via PgDip and Masters route, through the Advancing Professional Practice MSc.

The MSc Advancing Professional Practice is an existing flexible route offered in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing that provides the opportunity for students to transfer their postgraduate credit while continuing to advance their practice through completion of modules that are relevant to their practice context.


Home / EU student

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £2,100 for the course.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.

2017/18 academic year

Typically £2,135 for the course, £1,070 for 30 credits

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,280 are available across the majority of subject areas.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £2,550 for the course

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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