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Description

Programme Specification for the 2020/1 academic year

GradDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Children, Young People and Families)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameGradDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Children, Young People and Families) Programme codeLDP1PSYPSY01
Study mode(s)Full Time
Academic year2020/1
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award6 (Honours)

2. Description of the Programme

This Graduate Diploma programme has been developed to equip you with the knowledge and skills in evidence-based psychological therapies required by the UK Department of Health’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People (CYP IAPT) Programme. You will complete all the requirements of the CYP IAPT national curriculum for your modality through university-based workshops, clinical supervision groups and tutorials. You will also be supported to undertake supervised clinical practice with children, young people and their parents. On successful completion of the programme you may be eligible to apply for accreditation of your therapy practice by the appropriate Professional Standards or Regulatory Body, subject to additional requirements as necessary (eg British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy).

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

In this programme we aim to help you develop your practice in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families. You will develop the knowledge and competencies required to be an effective practitioner, as determined by the relevant national curriculum for the CYP IAPT Programme. We aim to provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme.

http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/

Stage 1


120 credits of compulsory and non-condonable modules

a CBT practitioners must take this module

b Parenting practitioners must take this module

c 0-5 Practitioners must take these modules

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PYC3007 Core Skills for Working with Young People with Mental Health Problems and Their Families 60Yes
PYC3008 Evidence-based CBT with Children and Young People [See note a above]60Yes
PYC3009 Evidence-based Parenting Interventions [See note b above]60Yes
PYC3010 Fundamental Principles 0-5s [See note c above]20Yes
PYC3011 Interventions to Enhance Attachment in Vulnerable Groups [See note c above]20No
PYC3012 Interventions for Existing Diagnosable Problems in Children Aged 1.5 to 5 Years [See note c above]20No

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Demonstrate generic and modality-specific skill competencies in evidence based psychological therapy as determined by the CYP IAPT national curriculum.
2. Synthesise the key underpinning knowledge in evidence-based psychological therapies for children, young people and families.
3. Critique the context within which psychological therapies are provided (including relevant professional, ethical and legal frameworks).

Lectures and group tutorials based at the University. Guided independent study. Clinical practice placement. Group supervision of practice incorporating video analysis and written supervision feedback.

6000 word practice portfolio including supervisor feedback (ILO 1).

2 x 3000 word case reports (ILOs 2, 3).

3000 word evidence-based theory essay (ILOs 2, 3).

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

4. Explain in detail the key theoretical bases for evidence-based psychological therapy models and link their relationship to practice.
5. Understand, interpret, critically evaluate, and apply evidence-based practice.
6. Evidence appropriate use of supervision in developing clinical skills.

Lectures and group tutorials. Guided independent study and clinical practice. Group supervision of supervision practice incorporating video analysis and written supervision feedback.

6000 word practice portfolio including supervisor feedback (ILOs 5, 6).

2 x 3000 word case reports (ILOs 4, 5).

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

7. Analyse and manage the implications of ethical dilemmas and work proactively with others to formulate solutions.
8. Manage complexity, incompleteness and contradiction.
9. Function independently and reflectively as a learner and practitioner.

Group supervision and tutorials. Practice-based peer review and self-directed learning. Clinical practice placement.

30 minute case presentation (ILOs 8, 9).

5000 word extended case report (ILOs 7, 8).

2000 word reflective practice log (ILO 9).

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-Specific Progression Rules

You must pass all the modules in the table above. The pass mark for these modules is 40% with an additional requirement to pass all individual assessments within individual modules. There is a further requirement to pass any competency assessment within a module at 50%. If you fail any modules you will not be permitted to continue with the programme and your registration as a student will be terminated with immediate effect.

Programme-Specific Award Rules

You are not permitted to exit with a GradCert on passing 60 credits.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

WithinPsychology there is a well-equipped suite of PCs dedicated for postgraduate use, with further support provided by a dedicated IT and statistics helpdesk.

A range of services is available to support your study both from within Psychology. These include:

  • Team development programme.
  • Personal and professional development planning.
  • Student handbooks and programme guides.
  • Range of specialist advisors, including for: women students, non-school leavers, and overseas students.
  • Computing and Statistics Help Desk.
  • Virtual Resource Room and other web-based learning materials.
  • Clinically focused seminars, the ‘Think Tank’, provided by the Mood Disorders Centre.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Graduates who hold an Honours degree of Lower Second Class Honours or above should apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Therapies Practice (Children, Young People and Families) in place of the Graduate Diploma.

Applicants must normally have completed a recognised professional clinical training or relevant undergraduate degree. Non-standard applications will be considered where applicants can demonstrate the required academic ability alongside existing knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace, relevant to this programme. Please contact the Programme Director if you would like to explore whether your prior learning, experience and skills would be acceptable. Candidates will need to undertake an interview and confirmation of appropriate registration to practice (eg Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration) and evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

GradDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Children, Young People and Families)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

6 (Honours)

21. Credit

CATS credits ECTS credits

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

Not applicable

23. Dates

Origin Date

29/09/2015

Date of last revision

06/11/2020