Taught course

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies

Newcastle University · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

An NQF 4, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You will be also be required to submit a portfolio to ‘credit’ other academic and life experience and also confirm that you are able to perform at the appropriate academic level.


An NQF 5, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You will not be required to submit a portfolio.

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have relevant experience, voluntary or paid, of working with individuals who experience mental health difficulties.

We expect you to have a high standard of:

  • written ability
  • computer literacy
  • the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships

You also need to meet the trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) national person specification and be able to demonstrate good communication skills and other core requirements. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) website has examples of PWP specifications.

Months of entry


Course content

This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment.

The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course you are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies.

Low intensity treatments employ brief, cognitive behavioural therapy approaches through use of vehicles such as guided self-help, forming part of the stepped care system recommended for depression and anxiety disorders. After meeting and assessing a patient, the practitioner supports a therapeutic intervention to help patients with their problems and/or engage with other services that will facilitate them in their recovery.

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.O 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, course duration and attendance options

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

NHS-funded places: application and selection are undertaken in partnership with the NHS Trusts advertising the vacancies. Self-funded places: for information about how to apply for a place, please see the Low Intensity Psychological Therapies brochure (PDF: 1.28 MB). You will also need to complete the Additional Information Form (Word Doc: 76.1 KB). The closing date for self-funded places is 16 June 2015, although late entries may be considered if places on the programme remain.

Course contact details

Karen Wilson, Programme Administrator (IAPT and CBT Programmes), School of Psychology
+44 (0) 191 208 3915