Systemic Practice (Intermediate)

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
12 months part time
Entry requirements
Foundation level training in systemic practice + in related employment for systemic practice
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
UK fees
£3,500 (Total)
International fees
£7,000 (Total)

Course overview

Family therapy session

This course is the intermediate level training in Systemic Practice. The programme builds on the knowledge and use of theory and practice in systemic family therapy achieved on the foundation level course.

Develop and connect

Our course concentrates on the development of your therapeutic skills with families, couples and individuals and the translation of systemic ideas into your clinical practice. It is delivered through a combination of lectures and practical teaching, followed by theory and application discussions and skills practice in small groups facilitated by qualified family therapists. The course is available as a stand-alone module or as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice.

The course is multi-disciplinary and covers aspects of working with families in clinical settings, as well as wider applications of systemic thinking and practice. It is suitable for professionals working in nursing, psychiatry, social work, clinical psychology, voluntary organisations and related fields who have completed Foundation level training in Systemic Practice or equivalent.

The Leeds Family Therapy and Research Centre has been training therapists for over 24 years to help individuals, couples and families find ways of tackling their problems. You’ll develop an array of skills and insight needed to make a positive difference through your work.

Read the essential Application Guidance in the 'Applying' section before applying.

Open Evening

Wednesday 6th March 2024, 5pm - 7pm

If you are interested in attending our upcoming open evening, please email for further details and to confirm your attendance.

This course is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice and as such fulfils the training requirements for Intermediate Level training in Systemic Practice. Read more on the Association website.

Course details

Over the year you’ll develop your understanding of how to engage families, couples and individuals in systemic therapeutic work and you’ll develop therapeutic skills with families, couples and individuals and apply systemic theory and practice in your work contexts.

Themes are followed each term with an initial focus on the key skills of engaging families, making sense of problems and producing therapeutic change. The second term considers issues relating to ethics, power and difference and further study of the theory of systemic practice and related skills. The final term considers the application of systemic theory and practice in a range of health and social care settings and your own therapeutic practice. Throughout the course you will be encouraged to develop a commitment to actively promote ethical, anti-discriminatory practice and to highlight and critique culturally-based assumptions in your practice.

The course runs on approximately 16 Wednesday evenings (5pm to 8.30pm) between September and July plus approximately three full days. We aim to deliver the teaching on the University main campus, although some elements may be taught online depending on social distancing guidance at the time of teaching.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Systemic Practice (Intermediate) in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Intermediate Course in Systemic Practice 30

Learning and teaching

You’ll be taught through lectures, practical classes and group tutorials.

We make extensive use of IT and a wide range of material to enable students to study at their own pace and in their own time to enhance and extend the material taught formally.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


We monitor your progress through attendance, participation in lectures and tutorials, written assignments, and a learning portfolio which comprises:

  • A systemic practice log in which you keep a record of at least 60 hours of systemic practice in your own agency / work setting.
  • A record of at least 10 hours of clinical supervision received to support you in your practice.
  • A transcript and accompanying reflective commentary on a recorded piece of your work, which you will use as part of a case discussion in your tutorial group.
  • A reflective learning journal completed during the year of the course.

The written assignments and learning portfolio will provide a summative assessment of how you work meets the course learning outcomes relating to theoretical knowledge and application to your practice. The learning portfolio is submitted in stages at the end of each term and you will receive formative feedback following the first two submissions to aid your learning and inform your subsequent work.


Entry requirements

This course is specifically designed for graduate level professionals with a first professional qualification in a relevant mental health or social care related discipline such as nursing, psychiatry, social work, clinical psychology or similar professions.

If you are working in a mental health or social care setting without a first professional qualification, you are welcome to apply for admission via our accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL).

To apply through the Professional APEL route and demonstrate equivalence to a relevant professional qualification, usually we require 3 years relevant work experience. By exception and based on academic discretion, alternative experience may be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the course lead directly to discuss this if you wish to discuss your eligibility to apply through this route.

Applicants should have completed a Foundation level training in systemic practice accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice. If you have not completed an accredited Foundation Course but wish to claim equivalence for prior study of systemic practice, please upload to your online application a completed APEL/Foundation Equivalent Document in the Intermediate Supplementary Information Document.

Applicants must be working in a setting suitable to undertake the Systemic Practice requirement of 60 hours of systemic practice during the year. The practice requirement must be supported by the agency and have suitable clinical supervision arrangements and facility to record, with client consent, one session (visual or audio) of clinical practice for assessment purposes.

Please click here to download and read our application guidance before applying.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks)

We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. Find out more about our six week online pre-sessional.

You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.

How to apply

Please complete and upload the course Supplementary Information Pack as part of your applicantion.

Applications for this programme will open in January 2024.

Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications may close before the deadline date if numbers accepted reach capacity. The deadline for applications is 25th August 2024.

A professional reference from your current employer is a standard requirement and should be submitted at point of application. If it may be problematic to request a reference from your current employer you should contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team at for advice. The reference should be provided on a headed document with either a stamp from the institution or an electronic signature.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Selection principles

We select candidates on the basis of their professional experience and academic background.

Professional Reference: Please note the receipt of a satisfactory professional reference from your current employer is a standard requirement before an offer can be made for this programme. If it would be problematic to request a reference from your current employer you should contact our Postgraduate Admissions Team at for advice.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

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UK: £3,500 (Total)

International: £7,000 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Additional cost information

Students are required to ensure that the required 60 hours of clinical practice are supervised in their own agency. This is usually provided by employers but students may wish to supplement this or make their own arrangements for systemic supervision.

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Workforce Transformation Budget (WTB) formerly known as SSPRD funding for West Yorkshire

The funding provided by NHS Health Education England focuses on the transformational requirements of Health and Social Care Workforce in West Yorkshire. This course is ratified by the West Yorkshire Health Education England Transformation Lead. It provides funding to eligible applicants to cover the fees. Funding may be available for 2023/2024, funding cannot be guaranteed for subsequent years in light of ongoing changes within Health Education England and local training priorities.

Other funding options

Studying in the School of Medicine at Leeds is an amazing opportunity, but we know that the cost can be difficult for many people to meet. If you are keen to join us, a range of funding opportunities are available.

Career opportunities

Once you’ve completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Systemic Practice, you’ll be recognised as a Systemic Practitioner. This is not a formal qualification but is a recognised professional development indicating the knowledge and skills developed in this training. Our graduates have progressed to the MSc Systemic Family Therapy programme.

Students who complete the MSc in Systemic Family Therapy are eligible to register with the UKCP as Systemic and Family Psychotherapists and to practise in the public and voluntary sectors, as well as privately.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.