The entry requirements for the PGCert/PGDip/MSc and CPD programmes in Children & Young People's Mental Health & Psychological Practice are as follows:
- An Undergraduate degree or equivalent (reaching SCQF level 9). Where an applicant’s undergraduate degree does not meet the level stated above or is not obviously related to subjects relevant to children and young people’s development and/or mental health, they may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director so long as they meet the relevant experience requirements stipulated above.
- Substantial current, or recent, work experience with children and young people in mental health settings. This should provide clinically relevant experience which may be acquired in statutory, third sector or private organisations.
- For applicants whose first language is not English, documentary evidence of competence in both written and spoken English must be provided. This normally takes the form of good results in an IELTS, TOEFL or other approved test. Please visit the postgraduate language requirements website for further information. The IELTS level for this programme is: IELTS 7.0 (with no score lower than 6.0 in each section). More information can be found at the link below:
Relevant Work Experience
Students on this course are expected to bring a variety of professional experiences of working with children and adolescents in a mental health, or closely related, setting. Examples of this include:
- Clinicians working in CAMHS or paediatric settings
- Guidance or ASL teaching staff
- Social workers and related professionals
- People working in a professional or semi-professional role in the public, private or voluntary sectors with children and young people
Students will find coursework difficult to complete without specific case examples (at an individual and service level) to draw on.
If you are uncertain about whether you meet this criterion, make sure that you give sufficient detail in your application about:
- the populations you have been working with
- what you have been doing with them
- the number of hours experience you have
Further information can be found on the applications page:
Applicants who are at the beginning of their career may be admitted at the discretion of the programme director.
This article was published on Feb 4, 2013