Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

University of Bolton · Faculty of Wellbeing and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Typically applicants should have: a first class honours degree in a cognate discipline (although an upper second class honours degree (2.1) or equivalent academic experience will be considered if high grades have been achieved in relevant modules); a certificate in counselling skills (or equivalent); previous experience of counselling/therapy and/or client work; access to clients once practice modules commence (usually via arrangement of a voluntary placement); willingness to undertake external supervision with an approved supervisor; satisfactory references and a successful interview.


Months of entry


Course content

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy will give you a full understanding of the principles and practice of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

It has been developed for people who wish to practice using a cognitive behavioural approach in one or more of the following settings the helping or health professions, private practice, or management roles where working with people is the prime focus.
A strong basis of theoretical psychology underpins the course. This will ensure your practice-related learning is not separated from its primary academic base and give you a good understanding of where CBT techniques come from and potential developments in theory and practice.

You will study practical aspects of CBT such as basic principles and techniques and assessment and formulation. You will also consider wider issues such as the evaluation of literature, models and therapeutic practice, research methods, evidence based-practice, professional issues and ethical practice. Over the course of your studies you will gain 200 hours experience of working with clients in a clinical setting through supervised clinical practice placements arranged on an individual basis by you.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

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