About this Course
This is for IAPT applicants only. For non IAPT applicants please visit CBT for further details and to apply.
All applicants will attend be interviewed by their IAPT sites first as part of the selection process for employment. Once your place is confirmed by the course leader and the IAPT site you must you apply here.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (IAPT) course is an exciting and innovative course, delivered by an enthusiastic team of Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapists and lecturers. The course structure is designed to give you a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in CBT (full-time over one year with provisional BABCP accreditation. You will be in class from 9am to 5pm.
The postgraduate diploma (PgDip) is suitable for health professionals who are aiming for accreditation as Cognitive Behaviour Therapists/High Intensity worker in IAPT and who are employed as trainee high intensity workers. To be a successful candidate you will already have experience working in mental health settings, providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions.
Typically, our students bring significant experience in their own field of work as Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Psychologists and Counsellors.
The PgDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is delivered over one academic year to facilitate the development of knowledge and application of CBT in stages. You will exit with eligibility for provisional accreditation. All students on this pathway will utilise their employment in an IAPT site to achieve the required 200 hours. 8-10 client sessions are advised per week.
There is an optional route for MSc study following successful completion of the PgDip.
To gain a Master’s degree in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy you will need to study for a second year. In this final year, you will complete a 15 credit research module and a 45 credit dissertation module. This part of the course encompasses a total of 60 credits and on successful completion, you will have an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
By successfully completing this second year, you will be able to interpret the knowledge and apply advanced skills in specialist areas. Throughout your study, you will be facilitated to develop intellectual and critical thinking in evaluating the evidence that underpins your knowledge and the practice of CBT interventions.
To attain a Master’s award you need to complete 180 credits.
You are required to attend every day of the introduction week. Following this the study days will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays.
For students without a core profession, they are required to submit a KSA portfolio (see www.babcp.com) for details
Why Choose this Course
The course gives you the option to study for a PgDip in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in 1 year. It is accredited at Level two by the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BACBP). It is delivered by an enthusiastic team of CBT lecturers with expertise in this area.
When you graduate from the PgDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy you will be eligible to gain accreditation from the British Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapists (BABCP), provided that you satisfy the supervision requirements including completing a portfolio of practice.
When you graduate with a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy you can progress to the MSc in Cognitive Behaviour by completing the research and a dissertation module.
You will be able to apply your newly gained CBT skills in a variety of settings and environments and able to practice as a competent cognitive behavioural therapist.
Modules are facilitated by a variety of experienced lecturers from the University as well as external lecturers.
Modules are assessed by a variety of methods for example essays, presentations, reports, posters, and practical examinations.
A core qualification as defined by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), plus a good first degree (a minimum of second class) that relates to working with mental health service users, plus 3 years post qualifying practice experience in a health or social care setting to allow for consolidation of learning
All applicants will attend be interviewed by their IAPT sites as part of the selection process for employment. You also need a professional and or academic reference to ensure that your application is supported.
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered:
If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.