You may be entered for the course at the discretion of the Degree Programme Director provided that you have entry qualifications that follow the criteria specified in the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) Minimum Training Standards used to specify CBT practitioner accreditation in the UK. You should be a graduate with an approved basic professional qualification in a mental health or related profession; be registered with a professional regulatory body, and have undertaken a minimum period of two years post-qualification training and experience OR You are a graduate in a relevant discipline with experience that meets BABCP Minimum Training Standards whose prior qualifications, training and experience are equivalent to an approved basic professional qualification in a mental health profession You should be in stable employment and have your employer's support to attend the teaching programme, and treat appropriate patients using CBT for the training purposes of the programme You should also be fluent in spoken and written English. All candidates whose first language is not English will require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking and listening, 8.0 in academic reading and 6.0 in academic writing Although most candidates are expected to work for health organisations (including NHS IAPT services), applications are also encouraged from education, forensic, voluntary and private sectors where there are relevant and equivalent prior qualifications and on-going provision of individual psychological therapies within the applicants' post.
Months of entry
Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip produces psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for patients affected by psychological disorders. It focuses predominantly on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.
The course offers CBT practitioner level training designed for healthcare and related professionals who have already completed introductory and/or intermediate CBT training (or equivalent) and have some supervised experience of providing CBT.
You will gain:
- practical, intensive and detailed training to facilitate the development of competent CBT skills, to a defined standard
- the necessary knowledge and attitudes to be an open-minded, informed and reflective CBT practitioner
- a critical approach to the subject through engagement with relevant theory, models and evidence
These skills equip you to become a creative independent CBT practitioner, in accordance with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice, and to contribute to the further development of CBT. As a graduate of this course you are eligible for practitioner accreditation with BABCP through Standard or Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) curriculum routes.
Information for international studentsTo study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with at least 8.0 reading, 7.0 in speaking and listening and 6.0 in writing). Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.
Fees and funding
See our course fees and funding web page.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School Office, School of Psychology
- +44 (0) 191 208 7925