Post Qualifying Awards

Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (GCPP) Specialism route


Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice (GCPP) is an introductory module for AMHP, Childcare and Adults Specialisations. It has replaced the Consolidation and Preparation for Specialist Practice (CPSP) from September 2012.

You can choose one of the following specialisms:

  •  Mental Health Services
  • Child Care
  • Working with Adults

Structure & time commitments

  • Two half day training days
  • 5 self-study days

Application process

Intake for this award take place usually before June and January each year. Before joining the programme you will need to discuss it with your Line Manager who will be required to agree for you to undertake it and sign the Nomination Form. Course fees will be covered by our department.

GCPP Part B – Change of specialism

If you have previously completed the CPSP or PQ1 programme but would like to undertake the programme again in a different specialism, there is a separate route to do so. Please contact ou Social Work Education team for further details.


If you are a Newly Qualified Social Worker and are interested in completing GCPP through the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) scheme, please go to Newly Qualified Social Workers section.

For further information on the course, you may go to:

link to BU

attachments – handbook

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