Taught course

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

University of Southampton · Health Sciences

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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.

The programme is based on a national curriculum which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. As such all elements are compulsory, and must be passed in order to exit with the award of PG Cert LI CBT with IAPT PWP status and allow practitioners to apply for accredited PWP status with the crediting body, currently the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.

Students take 3 modules; the first module is Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems using low intensity CBT (LI CBT), second is Evidenced based low intensity CBT treatment for common mental health disorders, third is Values, diversity and context. Students are required to be employed, or on an honorary contract, within an IAPT service where they are currently delivering a commissioned IAPT service to the local community. The student is required, in addition to completing the modules, to complete an assessment of practice document which is overseen by a supervisor who is trained in IAPT supervision. The key therapy underpinning the programme is CBT.

Information for international students

Please see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the funding page for more details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    20 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Simon Grist
+44 (0) 23 8059 5500