Family Therapy and Systemic Practice PG Cert

Postgraduate (2 years part-time)


For September 2023, we’ll only be accepting applications for Year 1. We won't be accepting applications into Year 2.


If you’re committed to a career as a qualified systemic psychotherapist, this postgraduate certificate is your first step. Study flexibly over two years in Huntingdon, around your work commitments. Our course is also for any professional who wants to develop skills in working systemically with individuals, couples and families.

Full description


By successfully completing your PG Cert you’ll be able to continue your studies to the completion of your MSc, which will then allow you to register as a family and systemic psychotherapist. You’ll also be able to refer to yourself as a systemic practitioner, which will be a significant addition to your professional portfolio.

Links with industry and professional recognition

Our course is carried out at a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, and we have strong links with the local mental health trust, allowing you to come into contact with a wide range of professionals already working in family psychotherapy.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • This module can be completed as a standalone CPD module. Learn the systemic approach to relationships and how they relate to people’s actions and communications. Develop different perspectives and new approaches to your work as a professional working with families, couples and individuals. Gain a level of professional accreditation, and potentially start on the road to becoming a qualified family therapist.
  • This module is Year 2 of the PGCert. The module aims are to enable you to further explore and develop your understanding of systemic ideas and techniques, utilising a broad range of seminal and current literature relating to family therapy and systemic practice. It will facilitate your application of systemic ideas and beliefs to your current workplace, to a standard that will enhance your practice. This standard will be at Master's level. This will form the basis for pursuing future qualification as a family therapist, should you so wish.


You will complete the core modules detailed above. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

You’ll be assessed in a range of ways to determine your expertise as an advanced reflective practitioner, including case and paper presentations to peers, a reflective portfolio, a case study and, at the end of the second module, a presentation to peers on a systemic concept of your choice and its application to practice. Assessment is on-going throughout the course and small group learning develops your skills with formative and informal feedback available on an ongoing basis. 

Where you'll study

Your faculty

Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We've been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that our students want the very best experiential learning, and we've invested heavily in purpose-built simulated wards, science labs and skills spaces, to support your learning every step of the way.

Where can I study?

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK students starting 2023/24 (part-time, Year 1)


UK students starting 2023/24 (part-time, Year 2)


Important fee notes

The part-time course fee assumes that you're studying at half the rate of a full-time student (50% intensity). Course fees will be different if you study over a longer period. All fees are for guidance purposes only.

How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. Find out more about paying your fees.

Funding for postgraduate students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university. These include an Alumni Scholarship, worth 20% off fees for ARU graduates.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements.

Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course; please email [email protected] for further information. Applicants to undergraduate courses can also check our information about undergraduate entry qualifications.

You'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course.

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