What will I learn?

Course Overview

Whether you're a trained psychologist, GP or other healthcare professional, this British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)accredited course enables you to develop your skills and qualify to practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Your training will mean more people have access to therapy and you will make a positive impact on the psychological wellbeing of others.

Actively promoted by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), CBT is an evidence- based therapy recommended to treat a range of mental health problems. The techniques can be applied in general medical, nursing and psychological practice. So whether your goal is to become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or you want to apply the techniques in your current role, this course gives you the skills and practical training you need to be confident in theory and practice.

What will this course cover?

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is used to treat a variety of conditions and illnesses impacting psychological wellbeing.

The course demonstrates how CBT can be used effectively to tackle a diverse range of mental health disorders, from depression and panic attacks to workplace stress and anger management. You will analyse how individuals think, in order to encourage positive behavioural change.

By the time you finish the course you'll have the ability to put theory into practice. You will begin by learning how to treat mild depression and anxiety and progress towards the treatment of more complex cases.

Course Details

Bucks offers flexible study spread over two years, allowing you to study alongside employment and fit your lifestyle. Whether you're training to build your skills in your current role or change your career path, this course ensures you can immediately apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques in a professional setting.

As well as support from your tutors, who are experts in their field, you will also benefit from a range of guest lecturers who provide specialised workshops that add to your knowledge. Their expertise and real world experience will inspire and emphasise how your qualification will benefit others.

Our NHS partnerships

At Bucks we value our partnerships within the local community, including the West London NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health providers in the UK. The Trust is responsible for well-known institutions such as Broadmoor and other clinics treating more specific illnesses such as personality disorders.

What are my career prospects

By the end of the course you will have developed a thorough understanding of the theory and research relevant to the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). You'll be prepared to deal with complex issues and be able to make effective judgments in a professional setting. We will ensure you have the necessary skills to support, provide care and improve the psychological wellbeing of others.

As a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist you will be ready for a rewarding career within the NHS, private or commercial sectors. You will immediately have the ability to apply your knowledge to improve the wellbeing of others.

Alternatively, you may decide to continue your academic study. You may choose to enrol on a PhD programme or enjoy a career in psychological research where you can discover new ways to effectively treat mental health illness.

As part of our partnership with the West London Mental Health Institute, you'll finish the course with a strong sense of understanding the importance of efficiently treating individuals within the community. You'll be motivated to contribute to this generation's focus on improving quality of professional care and support within the UK.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Sciences, Primary Care & Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£14,300.00 (US$ 19,682) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

High Wycombe Campus

Queen Alexandra Road,

High Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire,

HP11 2JZ, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students require successful completion of a Bachelor degree with an overall pass or above from a UK NARIC-recognised institution.

For international students

Typically students on this course have a relevant degree in psychology or equivalent from another field. You must also have at least two year's post graduation experience working with vulnerable adults and/or those with mental health problems. Some supervision is provided on the course. However, applicants will need to have access to a British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)accredited therapist for additional support and a clinical placement to enable them to put training into practice. Students need to have an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 (5.5). TOEFL iBT with 72 overall score with 17 in Listening, 17 in Writing, 20 in Speaking, 18 in Reading.

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

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