Psychology Professional Practice, PGCert

Learn how to integrate psychology theory and practice and gain crucial professional skills with a part-time PGCert in Psychology Professional Practice.

Whether you're interested in shorter postgraduate study with work placement or looking for a new psychology-related career, this course offers you an exciting route. We offer transferable skills that apply to psychological practices in their many forms, opening doors to many fascinating psychology and psychology-related career choices.

If you're a health and social care professional without a background in psychology at degree level, this course will equip you with a range of relevant transferable skills. It also offers a progression route to postgraduate study to those who have already achieved a first degree in psychology.


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What you should know about this course

  • This course is a part-time option for one term only.
  • There is a ten-week work placement opportunity.
  • Our creative teaching approach and assessment methods are designed to be innovative and to bring the best out in our students.
  • Located at the University's iconic Greenwich Campus.

Thanks to University of Greenwich for a fascinating year, I thoroughly enjoyed the on the job training and meeting new people. I was even able to re-live the student life, whilst preparing for a rewarding new career in teaching.

- Salima Abdallah, PGCE Life Long Learning

What you will study

Students are required to study the following compulsory course:
  • Psychology Work Placement Portfolio (30 credits)
Students are required to choose 30 credits from the following list of options:
  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (15 credits)
  • Applied Epidemiology and Statistics in the Global Context (15 credits)
  • Psychology and Professional Clinical Practice (15 credits) 
  • Psychology of Physical Activity, Exercise and Wellbeing (15 credits)

About the course team

Welcome to our Psychology Professional Practice PGCert. We combine high-quality teaching with a vibrant student experience, and we have state-of-the-art facilities to support all your activities on our modules. Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers with world class research. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. 100% of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants will normally have at least a 2:1 from an undergraduate Psychology or Psychology-related programme.

Health and Social Care Professionals: Applicants will normally have a 2:1 from a first degree AND provide evidence of at least one year's relevant experience in a health and/or social care setting.

Applicants who wish to be in contact with vulnerable individuals during their work placement must have already submitted an application for Disclosure and Barring Scheme check when they apply for this programme.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

Enhanced disclosure

Applicants for this course are required to complete a suitability declaration, an enhanced disclosure and barring service (DBS) check, and an occupational health check.

How you will learn


In a typical week, learning takes place through a combination of lectures and seminars and one-to-one guidance for the work placement. You will be able to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller group sessions. 

There are 36 scheduled contact hours per 15-credit module and they may fall between 10am and 5pm.

Class sizes

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Independent learning

You need to use your non-contact hours for private study and assignment preparation. Approximate learning time is provided in module handbooks. Our library and online resources will support your further reading and research. 

You can also join student societies including the Psychology Society.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), work placement, independent learning, and assessments. 

Although this is a part-time course over one term only, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job.


You will be assessed by a range of methods, including a reflective report on work placement, a proposal of psychological intervention, essays, a qualitative research proposal and an epidemiology/statistics workbook.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

  • You may wish to purchase a laptop computer that you can use for teaching sessions, independent study and coursework preparation
  • Core textbooks are available in the library, but you may wish to purchase your own copies of textbooks (estimate £150)
  • At least £50 for the cost of printing and photocopying for the duration of your degree
  • You may wish to consider British Psychological Society (BPS) student membership, which costs about £26 annually
  • You will be responsible for your own travel expenses to the work placement
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS check) for those who will work with children or vulnerable adults (approximately £65).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

There is a ten-week placement in a professional setting. The specific content will vary depending on the type of work placement. You will be briefed about placement opportunities and will be invited to apply for the placements available. Each student will then be assigned to a placement and will be given a named supervisor within the organisation hosting the work placement. 

A Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check will be required for students who choose a placement involving contact with children or vulnerable adults.

How long is my placement?

The work placement is for 70 hours spread across ten weeks in one term.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

The range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills acquired will provide you with a strong foundation to start a career in psychology and psychology-related areas or to move on further postgraduate training in Psychology. 

The knowledge and skills acquired may also enable health and social care professionals to meet standards for Continuing Personal Professional Development.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each Faculty also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre. We also provide training for SPSS software.

Support from the department

You will be allocated a named Personal Tutor who will be responsible for academic and pastoral support and personal development. Our research-active staff will support learning and teaching in general. 

On campus, you will have access to psychology teaching labs equipped with computers and printers, and specialist statistical software SPSS.

Off campus, you can access learning and teaching materials via Moodle, an online platform, and also the e-library, which offers a range of resources including e-books and journal databases.

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