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Applying Systemic Principles in Professional Contexts, Short Course

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
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.


Every individual is part of a network of significant relationships. The systemic approach explores and uses this network, looking at the beliefs which give meaning to people's actions and focusing particularly on communication. It hears people's stories and helps them to make new sense of things.

This course is for healthcare staff and other professionals who work with families, couples and individuals. It will help you get to grips with systemic working and thinking. You’ll learn different perspectives on the work you do, and a new approach to working with families, individuals and couples.

The course won’t qualify you as a family therapist, but it does have dual accreditation with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Association of Family Therapy (AFT). It’s the equivalent of the first year of four years' training to qualify as a family therapist – so it’s ideal for anyone who would like to go on to do that.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details: Course starts monthly 
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      Course duration: 15 sessions plus 2 skills afternoons.
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
    Module credits: 30 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • You’ll submit one 3,000-word essay and a portfolio which includes an 1,800-word reflective account of your learning. Additionally, to comply with the professional bodies (UKCP and AFT), you'll attend two skills-based sessions in June and July.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

To join this course, you will:

  • relevant professional training (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)
  • have the opportunity to apply what you learn to your current work setting
  • be able to provide two references.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1825 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1825 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1825 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1825 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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