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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (PgDip) 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 Diploma 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 2020
Duration2 years
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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.

Applicants should apply for the postgraduate certificate (PgCert) in the first instance unless they hold a BABCP accredited CBT certificate from another institution.

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. Applications for this programme will open in January for each cycle and the deadline for applications for the January 2020 intake is September 20th 2019. Applications received after the deadline will only be considered if places are available. Due to competition for places deferred entry applications are not normally considered for this programme.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Application downloads

Manager's Form

Manager's Form

3 July 2018

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


Supervisor form

Supervisor form

3 July 2018

Evidence of supervision in the workplace.


Additional questions

Additional questions

3 July 2018

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 Diploma (PgDip) consists of 14 specialist supervision sessions commencing in January.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2019/20 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2019.

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
The Fundamentals of CBTPST40120 credits
CBT for Specific DisordersPST40240 credits

Year two

Module titleModule codeCredits
CBT Clinical SkillsPST60330 credits
CBT MetacompetencesPST60430 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?

You will be taught in supervision sessions offered by BABCP-accredited practitioners and including live supervision using therapy recordings.

You will have online access to programme materials and resources via Learning Central and also have access to Cardiff University library facilities. We provide recording equipment for students on the diploma course.

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 is assessed via a combination of written assignments and practical assessment
  • The PG Cert is assessed by one essay and two case reports
  • The PG Dip is assessed by a further case report and a rating of a recorded therapy session.

What skills will I practise and develop?

 By fully engaging with this course, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the theoretical and research base for CBT through completing a Master’s level essay
  • Develop disorder-specific competences in each of three areas: (i) depression, (ii) phobic anxiety disorders i.e. specific phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, social phobia (iii) diffuse anxiety disorders i.e. generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Demonstrate CBT skills for specific disorders through completing an extended case report
  • Evidence 100 hours of supervised clinical CBT practice.
  • Evidence 84 hours of training from BABCP accredited practitioners

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 (2019/20)

Tuition feeDepositNotes

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

EU students entering in 2019/20 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. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2019/20)

Fees for entry 2019/20 are not yet available. Please get in touch if you want to be notified when they become available.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

No specific equipment required.