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Applying Systemic Principles in Professional Contexts

CPD and short courses (short course)

10 months part-time

Module level: 6

Module credits: 30 credits


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. Study in Huntingdon, gain a level of professional accreditation, and potentially start on the road to becoming a qualified family therapist.

Full description

Who should attend?

Healthcare professionals with relevant training (for example in nursing, psychology, social work, psychiatry and other medical specialties, teaching, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, counselling, and dance, drama or music therapy), or equivalent (such as substantial experience as a child and family worker, foster carer, etc).


Please note: teaching sessions take place every other Wednesday during term times between 3pm and 8pm. Delivery is face-to-face in Huntingdon.

  • Week 1: 20 September 2023
  • Week 2: 4 October
  • Week 3: 18 October
  • Week 4: 8 November
  • Week 5: 22 November
  • Week 6: 6 December
  • Week 7: 10 January 2024
  • Week 8: 24 January
  • Week 9: 7 February
  • Week 10: 28 February
  • Week 11: 13 March
  • Week 12: 24 April
  • Week 13: 8 May
  • Week 14: 22 May
  • Week 15: 5 June
  • Week 16: 19 June
  • Week 17: 10 July

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care at ARU is primed to meet the demand for healthcare professionals, doctors, scientists and social workers in the East of England.

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

30 Credits (Level 6) for courses starting in 2024/25


Funding for CPD

Please ask your manager or Education Lead about available funding before you apply.

Contact details

Todor Proykov
[email protected]

CPD Admissions Team
[email protected]

Entry requirements

To join this course, you will need one of the following:

  • A UK Honours degree
  • An academic or professional qualification approved by the Senate (or a committee acting on its behalf) as equivalent in breadth and depth to a UK Honours Degree.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

In order to maximise access to training in systemic practice, entry requirement for foundation level (Level 6 module) are kept to a minimum by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. Students should have:

  • A relevant professional training or equivalent (these may include nursing, psychology, social work, psychiatry and other medical specialties, teaching, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, counselling, and dance, drama or music therapy.) (See AFT guidance - pages 6 and 9 of this PDF.)
  • the opportunity to apply systemic ideas to the current work setting

Selection process

Applicants complete the standard Anglia Ruskin application form. Member(s) of the course team on the basis of the student application form, references and interview if appropriate, will determine entry to the course. Students will need two references, one of which should comment on the applicant’s professional practice. This is to comply with the AFT requirements.

Admission to the course with Non-Traditional entry

Non-graduates with extensive relevant practical and continuing professional development experience, either on its own or taken in combination with other qualifications, deemed by the Senate, (or a committee acting on its behalf) as evidence that an applicant possesses the appropriate knowledge and skills equivalent to an Honours Degree.

Substantial experience in caring may also be considered (eg child and family workers, foster carers)

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