Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

Newcastle University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

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 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 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


Course content

Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders PGCert produces psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for patients affected by psychological disorders. Its main focus is on the treatment of anxiety disorders.

This course offers CBT practitioner-level training designed for healthcare and related professionals. You may have already completed introductory and/or intermediate CBT training (or equal to). You may also have some supervised experience in providing CBT.

The course enables you to develop competency in CBT for anxiety disorders. You'll become a skilled practitioner in this therapeutic approach. The focus is on treating patients with diagnosable anxiety disorders such as:

  • social phobia
  • post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

The emphasis is on high-intensity, individual CBT. We do not provide guidance in:

  • guided self-help
  • psycho-education
  • lower intensity anxiety management

You'll conduct CBT therapy with anxiety-disordered patients. This will be in their host services. The patients will have moderate to severe anxiety symptoms. This makes them appropriate candidates for high-intensity psychological therapy.


The School of Psychology is based on the University campus in the Dame Margaret Barbour Building.

Information for international students

To 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

School Office, School of Psychology
+44 (0) 191 208 7925