Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (PgCert)
- Duration: 1 year
- Mode: Part time
Why study this course
This BABCP accredited training programme will provide you with the knowledge and clinical skills to qualify as a psychological therapist.
Accredited by British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
This programme meets the high-quality standards in education set by the BABCP and is designed to help you towards individual practitioner accreditation with BABCP
The only accredited CBT programme in Wales
This is the only Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking treatment tool used by mental health professionals that has been proven to help people manage a range of mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
This part-time course is intended for professionals working in mental health, such as mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and social workers, However, the BABCP offers another route called the Knowledge and Skills Assessment (KSA) which practitioners with sufficient levels of experience and knowledge may be able to attain the equivalent level of training.
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.
This programme provides 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.
There is a requirement of 100 practice hours to complete the course, the overriding majority of which needs to occur on a 1:1 basis. This involves working with Depression and Anxiety disorders that you will be taught on the training programme.
- A first degree (please see the 'entry requirements' document for exceptions)
- A core profession in mental health or KSA portfolio - (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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 September.
Please note: Course intake for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies is in September each year and the application deadline is at the end of July before each intake.
Find out more about English language requirements.
27 September 2019
For the CBT training to be effective those undertaking it will need the support of their managers.
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
You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.
If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:
- access to computers or devices that can store images
- use of internet and communication tools/devices
- freedom of movement
- contact with people related to Cardiff University.
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.
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.
Learning and assessment
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 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.
UK and EU students (2020/21)
More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
EU students entering in 2020/21 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. The Welsh Government has not yet confirmed fees and funding for EU students starting in 2021/22. We will provide further details as soon as we can.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
This course does not currently accept students from outside the UK/EU.
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.
To apply for accreditation, you first need to have a BABCP recognised professional background in mental health which the BABCP call a Core Profession. If your prior mental health profession is not listed here or you do not fully meet the criteria, equivalent training and experience in mental health is recognised through the KSA Route to Accreditation.