Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

University of South Wales · Faculty of Life Sciences and Education

Entry requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree or relevant professional qualification

A Core Professional Background For more information see https://babcp.com/Accreditation/Provisional-Accreditation/Core-Professions


If you do not have a Core Professional background you should have evidence of successfully completing a mental health training programme at undergraduate or postgraduate level (e.g., IAPT Low Intensity training, PGCert in CBP). NB You will be required to complete a full KSA (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) portfolio to demonstrate how you meet the requirements as indicated for BABCP accreditation standards. For more information see


Mental health work experience including relevant experience gained during or after any professional training

Evidence of foundation level or sustained CPD in CBP

Applicants should demonstrate evidence of interpersonal skills to engage and develop working alliances with colleagues and patients

Applicants should show evidence of an openness to learning new knowledge and skills

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that their values and behaviours align with the values of:

NHS Wales Health in Wales | The core principles of NHS Wales and NHS Englands’ Constitution The NHS Constitution for England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

University of South Wales Our Values | University of South Wales

In addition, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Two references uploaded with your application (one from your current/previous counselling tutor)
  • A confirmed suitable placement for counselling practice.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of South Wales has many years’ experience in teaching Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the two-year Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) course highlights the therapeutic relationship and the development of core psychotherapy skills whilst equipping students to work effectively and ethically as CBT practitioners.

The course is for mental health professionals looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.
The Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is made up of two years training which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

The BACP-accredited Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) is aimed at those who are interested in professional training to become a psychotherapist, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the core theoretical orientation.

Fees and funding

UK students

See: money@southwales.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries and Admissions
03455 76 77 78