Taught course

Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training

University of Chester · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Applicants will:

  • have a core professional training in mental health (normally with a science-based degree), or demonstrate eligibility through the BABCP Knowledge, Skills & Attitudes pathway
  • have a minimum of one day a week in face-to-face therapy practice in an IAPT service in the role of high intensity trainee
  • have in place suitable BABCP-accredited supervision arrangements.

Applicants will also be required to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Aimed at experienced mental health professionals with experience of working in an IAPT service who wish to become accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapists. Our course is fully accredited by the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a Level 2 IAPT course.

Why Study Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training with us?

Cognitive & Behavioural Therapies: High Intensity Training is a rigorous, challenging and highly rewarding clinical skills training course.

You will be trained in the use of empirically supported treatments, observe expert clinical demonstrations, and receive constructive feedback on your developing clinical competence.

You will also develop the research competences required to ensure that your clinical interventions are based upon the best available scientific evidence.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will have satisfied the requirements of BABCP minimum training standards, and be eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation.

How will I be taught?

You will be trained at Parkgate Road Campus through the use of lectures, experiential skills training workshops, and group and individual clinical supervision.

You will apply the skills you learn in the role of High Intensity Trainee within an IAPT service (note the University is not responsible for finding placements).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via a critical essay, clinical case studies, videos of assessment and treatment sessions, a clinical practice portfolio and an original piece of research.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Further details of qualification

This course is one of the leading CBT programmes in the UK, and is fully accredited (Level 2 Accreditation) by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Course contact details

Department of Psychology