Taught course

CBT (Advanced level practice)

University of Southampton · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

The usual academic entrance requirement is a first degree in psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification, from an approved university, of 2:1 standard or above. If you have a non-degree nursing qualification, this must be equivalent to an undergraduate PG diploma. Experienced mental health professionals who do not meet these entrance requirements may sometimes be individually assessed and considered for admission on a discretionary basis.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

This programme offers students the opportunity to develop their CBT skills and knowledge to the level of a competent CBT practitioner. The modular structure allows students to specialise in the areas in which they are most interested and those that will meet the needs of their clinical practice. This programme is accredited by BABCP at Level 1.

In the advanced diploma, students are expected to develop a clear understanding of cognitive behavioural concepts, models and methods. They will gain skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment, and develop sound clinical decision making through a critical appreciation of the theoretical and empirical literature. This is a highly flexible programme with most students working in clinical settings and attending the University at least one day a week.

Modules are selected from the following:

  • PSYC6088 CBT Theory and Skills II (core);
  • PSYC6089 CBT for Depression;
  • PSYC6091 CBT for Psychosis;
  • PSYC6092 CBT for Personality Disorders;
  • PSYC6095 CBT Supervision 1: Evidence-Based Treatments for People with Axis I Problems (Anxiety and Depression) (core);
  • PSYC6096 CBT Supervision 2: Disorder-Specific Treatments for people with Anxiety Disorders;
  • PSYC6097 CBT Supervision 3: Evidence-Based Treatments for People with Depression;
  • PSYC6098 CBT Supervision 4: Introduction to Working with People with Personality Disorders;
  • PSYC6099 CBT Supervision 5: Further Skills for Working with People with Personality Disorders;
  • PSYC6100 CBT Supervision 6: Introduction to Working with People with Psychosis;
  • PSYC6101 CBT Supervision 7: Further Skills for Working with People with Psychosis;
  • PSYC6104 CBT Theory and Skills I;
  • PSYC6106 Evidence-based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders (short);
  • PSYC6107 Evidence-based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders (long);
  • PSYC6125 Supervisory Skills;
  • PSYC6126 Working psychologically with people with serious mental ill-health (SMI), HLTH6075 Leading others, HLTH6118 Governance in action.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
upto 60 months

Course contact details

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