Taught course

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Primary Care

Liverpool John Moores University · Faculty of Education, Health and Community

Entry requirements

Entry requirements (Home)

You need to be employed as a psychological wellbeing practitioner trainee within a primary care setting. External applications are made through NHS jobs direct in response to recruitment drives. The selection and recruitment process is jointly undertaken by both service and LJMU IAPT teaching team.

You will require:

  • an honours degree (minimum 2:2) or equivalent in a health or social care-related subject from a recognised institution


  • an approved and relevant postgraduate qualification (minimum Postgraduate Diploma or equivalent - 120 credits at Masters Level)


  • evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience, which the University accepts as qualifying the candidate for entry

If you do not have a degree, please contact the Programme Leader for Portfolio guidelines and requirements.

Low Intensity Workers need to be employed in a primary care setting which will sponsor the student’s training and provide the environment in which the clinical components of the course can be achieved (under clinical supervision).

This course will only run subject to minimum numbers.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Months of entry

October, September, March

Course content

Meet NICE guidelines for supporting people with depression and anxiety disorders when you take this Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Primary Care course at Liverpool John Moores University.

  • Masters degree available to study part time (one year)
  • Study to meet National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for supporting people suffering from depression and anxiety disorders
  • Follow a curriculum which combines theoretical learning and practical experience and is strongly influenced by student feedback
  • Enjoy exceptional levels of learner support
  • Benefit from excellent training facilities and strong links with local service providers
  • This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

This is a part time course studied over a year. There is one day a week timetabled study supported by an equal amount of self-guided study.

During the course you will gain a better understanding of the concepts of mental health, mental illness and various diagnostic tools.
You will learn to help patients manage their emotional distress and disturbance, understanding their perspective and their attitude to treatment.

You will discover the importance of building and maintaining good patient relationships, managing the emotional content of interactions, effectively communicating treatment choices and dealing with needs sensitively. You will use standard symptom assessment tools, maintain effective records, recognise typical symptom patterns, identify any risks that patients pose and work with other agencies to get the best possible outcome for your patients.

Throughout the programme you will be supported by:

  • the programme leader/manager
  • a personal tutor who will monitor your progress
  • module and route leaders for academic support
  • a practice-based supervisor to facilitate and support learning opportunities in clinical practice
  • the programme team who will provide administrative guidance

Information for international students

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team for more information and advice.

Fees and funding

Please see the course page for more information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
0151 231 5090