A honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. 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 and 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
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.
After completing this course, you are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations. These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors.
Information for international studentsTo 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 and course duration
Course contact details
- Karen Wilson, Programme Administrator (IAPT and CBT Programmes), School of Psychology
- +44 (0) 191 208 3915