Taught course

Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT PWP (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) status

University of Southampton · Faculty of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree within a minimum 2.2 Hons classification (for postgraduate route), evidence of study at level 6, or submission of an essay which will be marked with level 6 criteria (for undergraduate route) alongside successful recruitment into a trainee PWP post in an IAPT service, or meet the requirements for an honorary contract with an IAPT service. All candidates will be required to demonstrate knowledge and/or experience of working with those with mental health problems.

Months of entry


Course content

The IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) course was developed following a Government report in 2006 by Lord Layard into the impact of depression and anxiety. The course trains practitioners to deliver psychological interventions to those suffering with anxiety and depression within a stepped care model. CBT principles underpin the training but practitioners are encouraged and supported to utilise other psychological approaches to helping patients. The programme blends theoretical knowledge with a work environment to ensure that skills are taught, practiced and honed in an academic and clinical environment. Successful completion of the programme allows practitioners to apply for accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists, the accrediting body for CBT professionals.

Information for international students

Please see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12-36 months

Course contact details

Health Sciences
+44 (0) 23 8059 5500