Taught course

Psychological Therapy (12 months)

University of Sussex · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

If you don’t have the degree requirement for this course you should provide a portfolio of evidence of written work produced while training or working in the field.

You must have:

  • a core professional qualification in a mental-health field as defined by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) or evidence of completing the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes requirements
  • foundation-level knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and evidence of providing structured psychological therapies and interventions.

Months of entry


Course content

This course gives you a critical understanding of cognitive behavioural models of anxiety disorders, depression, psychosis and personality difficulties. You’ll develop the skills to deliver high-quality, creative cognitive behavioural interventions across this range of problems.

We offer four pathways through this course:

    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Common Mental Health Difficulties
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Complex Difficulties
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis.

This course is offered in partnership between the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, one of the largest psychology units in the UK, and the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The duration of this course is 12 months. You can also choose to study this course over 18 months, where you work on most of your assessments between January and October, and submit your final portfolio at the end of the 18 months.


On graduation you can apply for professional accreditation as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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