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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (PgCert) Part-time

This is a BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) training programme for those currently working in mental health. The programme focuses on core competencies in working with depression and anxiety.

This part-time Postgraduate Certificate course is for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP).

It aims to provide high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT), and is accredited by the BABCP at Level 1. You will have to meet some further criteria, in addition to the course, for full practitioner accreditation.

The syllabus is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression, and the course focuses on CBT with adults, although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.

You must be able to practise CBT in your work and have ongoing supervision from a supervisor or manager in your workplace. You will also need five hours’ supervision from a BABCP accredited practitioner.

Distinctive features

 Distinctive features of the course include:

  • Accredited by British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
  • Designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with BABCP
  • Currently the only CBT training programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP.

Key facts

Next intakeJanuary 2021
Duration1 year
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Admissions criteria

  Applicants need:

  • A first degree (please see the 'entry requirements' document for exceptions)
  • A core profession in mental health or KSA portfolio -  (please contact for further details)
  • Work (paid or unpaid) in the UK in which you can practise individual CBT with clients experiencing anxiety and depression
  • A manager and a clinical supervisor (these may be the same person)
  • A GCSE level English qualification
  • Personal suitability
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment to CBT.


All applicants must be student members of BABCP.

Please note that you also need to complete the following three additional forms which you can find at the bottom of the page.

  • Manager's Form
  • Supervisor's Form
  • Additional Questions.

Once you have completed these forms you need to upload them as Other information when you are completing the online application form’

Potential students will be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Interviews are usually held in October.

Please note: Course intake for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies is in January each year and the application deadline is in September before each intake.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Application downloads

Manager's Form

Manager's Form

27 September 2019

For the CBT training to be effective those undertaking it will need the support of their managers.


Supervisor form

Supervisor form

27 September 2019

Evidence of supervision in the workplace.


Additional questions

Additional questions

27 August 2019

Additional application questions.


Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) consists of 14 training days commencing in January.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Module titleModule codeCredits
The Fundamentals of CBTPST40120 credits
CBT for Specific DisordersPST40240 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

The course is delivered via 14 skills-based training days. You are required to attend all of the first four training days. These will focus on developing a critical understanding of the theoretical and research base for CBT. These training days will include didactic teaching, discussion, video, clinical material, reflections on practice, role play and experiential exercises to encourage participants to reflect on links between theory, research and practice. A further 10 training days aim to develop your understanding and skill in applying CBT techniques to specific disorders as set out in the Competences Framework (Department of Health, 2008).

You are expected to attend a minimum of eight of the ten training days, to practice the skills taught in your own CBT practice and be prepared to discuss your clinical work at training days.

How will I be supported?

You will have access to a personal tutor to oversee pastoral care, and there will be opportunities to consult with the teaching staff and to engage in discussion with visiting trainers.

A Programme Handbook will include detailed information about the programme of study including guidance on completing assessed work. The course outline, handbook and schedules of assessment will be available via the Cardiff University website, and you will have access to Cardiff University Library, a bench library of key text at the course base, and online resources via the Cardiff University website.

How will I be assessed?

The course requires you to complete an essay, a case study and two extended clinical narratives. You will also keep log books over the year detailing CBT-related activity.

Graduates from the course will have evidence of skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, recognised by the BABCP, which can be used in a number of employment fields.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.