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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (PgDip)

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Mode: Part time

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Why study this course

The BABCP accredited training programme is available as a second year, following on from the postgraduate certificate, and enables mental health staff to develop further competence in high intensity CBT.

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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

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The only accredited CBT programme in Wales

This is the only Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP

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Ranked 4th in the UK and 44th in the world

Our School is ranked highly for Psychology in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

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Taught by BABCP accredited practitioners

You will be taught by BABCP accredited practitioners with a vast range of professional, clinical and research experience.

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.

Where you'll study

School of Psychology

Study in a dynamic and stimulating learning environment, informed by our leading research in psychology and neuroscience.

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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 cbt-admin@cardiff.ac.uk 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 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.

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.

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Supervisor form

Supervisor form

27 September 2019

Evidence of supervision in the workplace.

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Additional questions

Additional questions

27 August 2019

Additional application questions.

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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

Criminal convictions

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
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

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 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

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.

Learning and assessment

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 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.

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.

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

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDeposit
£3,010None

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.

Additional costs

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

No specific equipment required.

Career prospects

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.

Funding

Master's Excellence Scholarship

This award worth £3000 is open to UK and EU students intending to study one of our taught master’s degrees.

Postgraduate Master’s Finance

If you’re starting your master’s degree in September 2020 or later, you may be able to apply for postgraduate student finance to support your study at Cardiff University.

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