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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) - Level 6

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Develop your skills and training to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

Stoke-on-Trent campus, Centre for Health Innovation Stafford
The typical duration of this apprenticeship is a minimum of 12 months prior to the apprenticeship end-point assessment (EPA) period of up to a further 6 months.
Start date(s):

Typical start dates are in September

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The Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Apprenticeship is a training programme which provides the knowledge and prepares you with professional skills to work as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) within Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in England, or services operating a similar structure working with people with common mental health problems.

On completion of the course, the qualifications achieved include a University Professional Certificate in Psychological Wellbeing Practice and a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) Apprenticeship. This apprenticeship is designed to prepare successful apprentices to meet the requirements for registration as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Who is it for?

Designed for support workers, care workers, triage assessors and other helping roles to prepare them for employment as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

The Apprenticeship is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Course content

You will study a range of modules throughout the duration of this apprenticeship. These include:


Year 1

  • Module 1 - Engagement and Assessment of patients with common mental health problems (20 credits)
  • Module 2 - Evidence-based low-intensity treatment for common mental health disorders (20 credits)
  • Module 3 - Values, Diversity & Context (20 credits)

Year 2

  • Module 4 - PWP Apprenticeship End Point Assessment (0 credits)

Entry requirements

This award offers an opportunity for applicants without degree qualifications and with other relevant professional and work experience in caring for people, particularly those experiencing mental health difficulties. Typical applicants will be support workers, care workers, triage assessors and other helping roles and applicants who have experienced and overcome common mental health problems with career aspirations in mental health.

Apprentices must have level 2 English and Maths prior to starting the apprenticeship in line with the university’s recruitment strategy. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeships English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL. For any applicants who do not meet this requirement, the university will provide guidance on how this level can be achieved, and will encourage the applicant to re-apply once this has been gained.


For levy-paying organisations the cost is paid from their digital account at a rate of £7000. For non-levy paying organisations the cost is £350

Delivery and assessment


The course is delivered as a blended learning approach, through a combination of lectures, skills workshops and work-based tasks through online and on-campus learning. All modules will require attendance at tutor-led classes which are normally scheduled to be delivered on a weekly basis. One day per week is spent attending the University for off-the-job training and the remaining 4 days per week in the workplace. The Apprenticeship Programme requires a minimum of 80% attendance on placement, monitored by the employer and a minimum of 20% attendance in off-the-job training, delivered at Staffordshire University.


Apprentices will undertake a series of formative activities which will develop knowledge and skills, and which will prepare them for the summative assessments. Examples include critical reflection of skills development in patient engagement or assessment, use of feedback from tutors and peers to develop skills, recording role plays, peer-assessment of role-plays, participation in a group presentation on assessment case study scenario, feedback from tutors on presentations.

The modules incorporate assessments as specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS); including clinical competency assessments, academic assessments, and portfolios demonstrating achievement of practice outcomes.

The End Point Assessment organisation is the British Psychological Society (BPS). Once all of the academic work has been passed on modules 1-3, a Gateway meeting will take place between the apprentice, employer, and University representative to ascertain whether the apprentice is ready to undertake the end-point assessment. Once this has been confirmed, an EPA will be scheduled with the BPS.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties. You will also have full access to our support services such as Student Guidance.


Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

  • The employer must not ask the apprentice to contribute financially to the direct cost of learning
  • Ensure apprentice spends at least 20% of their time in off-the-job training
  • Enter into a contract with Staffordshire University
  • Participate in reviews with the apprentice and university, providing evidence and feedback on progress at work and success in meeting apprenticeship milestones
  • Provide a safe, healthy and supportive environment, which meets the needs of the apprentice
  • Provide apprentices with a contract of employment for the duration of the apprenticeship on the first day of their apprenticeship and be paid at least a wage consistent with the law for both the time they are in work and in off-the-job learning
  • Provide the apprentice with paid time to attend off-the-job training, including additional support for English and Maths, or support accessed for learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • Recognise that the apprentice must complete the apprenticeship within their working hours
  • Support the apprentice to gain new skills


This apprenticeship is designed to prepare successful apprentices to meet the requirements for registration as Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) with the British Psychological Society. Successful apprentices can expect to secure Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) roles following the completion of their apprenticeship. The PWP career path offers further training opportunities including progression to Senior PWP, supervision and specialising in specific areas e.g. long-term health conditions.

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