Taught course

High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

University of Hull · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Those enrolling on the course should be members of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), other professional body or satisfy the BABCP KSA requirements. All candidates who apply to the course from September 2018 onwards will be expected to enrol as members of the BABCP and so endorse the ethical and professional codes of practice of the organisation. This is a new requirement to enable the course to comply with new BABCP course accreditation guidelines.

Study is at academic level 7 so students will usually be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent academic study in a discipline connected to mental health and further vocational mental health experience. Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or those who have not completed an honours degree will be considered on an individual. The applications of students without a core professional training in mental health will be evaluated using the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) Framework.

Months of entry


Course content

This 120 credit Post Graduate Diploma will be completed over one academic year and consists of three modules. These are The Fundamentals of CBT, CBT for Depression and CBT for Anxiety. The course is designed to support trainees in developing their levels of CBT competency and to be able to work with clients who experience common mental health problems. The training will enable students to be able to deliver CBT treatments at Step 3 of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) Stepped care approach.

This course runs annually and starts in March. The course will start with a two week intensive teaching block and teaching days with the university will be Wednesday and Thursday thereafter. It is anticipated that the entirety of this course will be delivered remotely via Microsoft Teams. Teaching will take place on Wednesday full day and Thursday half day with supervision groups taking place on Thursday afternoon.

The recruitment for this course is completed in partnership with IAPT services. The application process will be managed by the IAPT service who will be advertising a Hight Intensity Trainee position. The university will then co-facilitate interviews with the employing service. Applicants should have a related healthcare degree with a minimum 2:2 award. Applicants should also either have a core healthcare profession or be able to demonstrate the successful completion of a Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) Portfolio. Guidance around core professions and KSA requirements can be found here.

Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (babcp.com)

Enquiries about this course should be directed to:


Please note that access to this programme is following the successful recruitment to a Trainee High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist within the local IAPT service. Vacancies will typically be advertised on NHS Jobs.

Information for international students

If you require a student visa to study or if your first language is not English you must provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other accepted English language proficiency qualifications.

Fees and funding

Please contact fhs.admiss@hull.ac.uk

Tuition fees are funded by Health Education England for those individuals who have successfully been recruited into a trainee High Intensity CBT role within their local IAPT service.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1482 466850