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What will I learn?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy develops your theoretical knowledge, reflective abilities and practical skills to enable you to become a skilled and independent practitioner with adults with common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy based on the theory that psychological symptoms develop and are maintained as a result of the interaction between the thoughts, emotions and behavioural responses of the individual.

In cognitive behavioural therapy the therapist and client work collaboratively to identify and change thoughts and behaviours that may be maintaining symptoms.

This course has been developed as part of the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies initiative, which aims to increase the availability of qualified high-intensity cognitive behavioural therapists.

It’s a collaborative venture between the University and staff from the South Staffordshire and Shropshire Foundation NHS Trust. This collaboration provides excellent opportunities to integrate theory and practice within the award.

The learning outcomes for the course are based on national guidance regarding the Improving Access to Psychological Therapists (IAPT) Curriculum for High Intensity Therapists and the requirements of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

The course has consistently achieved 100% student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Work placements

You’ll spend three days a week on placement in the West Midlands region, and two days at the University.

Professional body accreditation

Course graduates gain accreditation of the BABCP. This entitles graduates to practice CBT as independent practitioners. The level 2 qualification is an industry recognised minimum standard that allows graduates to apply for jobs as High Intensity CBT therapists within the NHS. Without this accreditation, graduates would be unable to do this.

Assessment

There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).

Practice assessments don’t count towards your final mark. These are your chance to test your understanding and learn how to improve for the real thing.

You’ll have formal assessments at the end of each module. These could include:

  • Case studies
  • Assessed therapy
  • Sessions
  • Portfolios
  • Presentations

Careers

After completing the course, you’ll be equipped to work as a high-intensity cognitive behavioural therapist.

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at top-up Masters level.

Which department am I in?

Staffordshire University

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

20 September 2021

Venue

Staffordshire University

College Road,

Stoke on Trent,

ST4 2DE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Courses requiring a 2:1 degree: A Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with GPA 3.3 out of 4.0, Courses requiring a 2:2 degree: A Bachelor degree from a recognised institution with GPA 2.7 out of 4.0. IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each component or an equivalent approved qualification.

For international students

Students need: To hold a relevant core profession e.g. mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy or clinical psychology. If you don’t have a core professional training, you may be admitted if you can provide evidence that you fulfil the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSA) requirement of the BABCP prior to the start of the course. This will be assessed at interview. Access to an appropriate work setting where you can undertake at least three days per week of face-to-face CBT practice and the audio/video recording of client sessions for assessment in an academic setting. Access to a BABCP-accredited workplace supervisor who can offer weekly supervision. You’ll be required to undertake a written assessment and an interview before being admitted to the course. You’ll also need to demonstrate that you have the necessary interpersonal and academic abilities to achieve the award. We select to the values of the NHS values-based recruitment. To meet the Staffordshire University required level of proficiency in English - IELTS Level 7 or equivalent.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University won a ‘Silver’ award in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for its excellent standards of teaching.

  • Home to award winning student experience
  • Invested over GBP 30m on campus facilities
  • 95.6% employed or in further study on graduation
  • Among top 50 universities in the UK