Intermediate Certificate in Systemic Practice – Year 2

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Following on from the Certificate in Systemic Practice (Year 1, Introductory), the Institute offers this 1-year intermediate level course in systemic practice, leading to the award of the Intermediate Certificate in Systemic Practice. It is accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT).

Key information

  • Date: September 2024
  • Course length: 1 Year (18 teaching days, Wednesdays, twice a month 10:00-16:00)
  • Fee for 2024/25: £3,400.00
  • Venue: IFT

Course Overview

The course is constructed in two different formats from which candidates must choose. They are:

These courses are structured differently, and run on different days, applicants are required to indicate at the point of application which course they wish to attend.

Entry Requirements

  • Relevant professional training or equivalent
  • Successfully completed a foundation level training in systemic practice or equivalent.
  • Must be able to complete at least 60 hours of systemic practice in the twelve months leading to the end of the course (10 hours must be supervised).
  • Trainees must obtain relevant permission for this work to be discussed in a confidential academic environment.

An academic reference from Foundation year tutors as well as a professional reference will be required for all applicants.

If your intention is to pursue your training to the Qualifying level, you must be aware that a prior professional qualification will be a requirement for entry, unless you go through an APEL process. Please see Prior Professional Qualifications and APEL Policy for further details of QLT entry criteria.

Course Content

– Courses run twice a month on Wednesdays for a full day (10:00-16:00)
– Each course consists of two units: theory and skills, taught concurrently
– There is an 80% attendance requirement.

Assessed components

Theory Unit:
Essay of 1,500 words due December (30%)
Essay of 3,500 words due April (70%)

Skills Unit:
Essay of 3,500 words due in January (50%)
Presentation to small group in June (50%)

Formative Assessement:
Practice log of 60 hours of systemic practice
Minimum of 10 hours of clinical supervision
Porfolio of learning – includes a Reflective journal



How to Apply

Applications Open: 8 April 2024
Applications Close: 30 June.
This is a popular course and early application is advised. Late applicants are advised to contact the training department after the closing date to check availability of places.

Selection for the course is made on the basis of the application form. Applicants will not normally be required to attend an interview.


Payment in instalments available to self payers (monthly or termly options available).
A non returnable administration fee of £43 is payable to the Institute of Family Therapy on application.

IFT policy on fees
Once registered with IFT, students (or their employer/sponsor) will be liable for the full course fee. In the event of students failing to complete a course for any reason (including voluntary withdrawal on notice), they will remain liable for the full fee.


There is nothing I do not love about this course:  everything , the reading the learning.  Everything  is a pleasure to learn and think about.