Taught course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

University of the West of Scotland · School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (or equivalent overseas degree). Non-native speakers need to provide evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0). Applicants will normally be registered with a professional body, and have acquired two years post-qualification experience. Please note: applicants are required to secure a placement for the duration of the programme, and may need to arrange for individual clinical supervision with a BABCP accredited or accreditable supervisor. Students will attend one day per week, as well as have a required number of clinical hours and self–study each week

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This programme offers training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for mental health professionals who wish to use CBT in their practice.
About the programme CBT approaches and interventions are recognised as a major contributor to psychological treatment. This programme is suitable for a wide range of professionals such as nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors, psychologists and counsellors.
Your learning Postgraduate Certificate Provides foundational skills in CBT core models and interventions. This programme is suitable for any mental health worker wishing to use CBT interventions in their practice.
You will study three modules:
• CBT Models and Core Competences
• CBT Strategies, Skills and Interventions
• CBT Applied to Anxiety and Depression Postgraduate Diploma
Designed to meet all the requirements for British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies accreditation. This is for students wishing to become fully accredited CBT therapists or high intensity workers. As well as the three modules outlined above, you will additionally complete a further three modules:
• Enhanced Skills and Treatment Models
• CBT for Chronic and Complex Disorders
• Science Ethics and Personal Development
There are 60 hours of work-based learning to be undertaken as part of the Certificate and a further 140 hours to complete the Diploma. In addition to the entry criteria listed, applicants wishing to undertake this training must also be able to demonstrate that they have access to a suitable client group, and a suitably qualified and experienced clinical supervisor. This will usually be achieved through support from your workplace. However, independent applicants will be offered support to achieve this. Applicants who do not have a core profession will be required to complete a KSA(Key Skills and Attributes) portfolio on application.
Our Careers Adviser says This is an exciting opportunity to train as a CBT therapist at a time when demand is high for these unique skills.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers need to provide evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0). For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/fundingadvice

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Brian Thomson
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)