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PgD Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - High Intensity IAPT

PgD Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - High Intensity IAPT

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Cognitive Psychology Behavioural Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Do you want to help treat depression and anxiety in others? If you already work in the health sector, why not expand your skills through training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy? We have an excellent history of producing professional CBT practitioners, working with clinical partners in Lancashire and Cumbria to support students in developing their practice. You'll learn everything you need to be a successful provider of CBT, able to work with clients to help them achieve the most from their therapy, and advance your career options through our fully accredited course.

Course summary

This is a masters level programme for suitably qualified individuals working within health and social care settings who wish to develop their practice skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Our course strives to link theory and practice, enabling you to conceptualise underpinning theories and principles with practices in your own work setting.

This High Intensity IAPT programme is mapped against the BABCP minimum training standards. Individuals who successfully complete the level II BABCP accredited training programme will be eligible to apply for BABCP accreditation.

Graduate destinations

You'll be able to apply for accreditation as a Cognitive Behaviour therapist with the British Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapists. You can use your skills as a CBT professional or join the NHS as a High Intensity Worker in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Services.

Our course also offers the chance to undertake a supervised research project which will be written up as part of your studies, and which may later be published in an appropriate academic journal. There are also entry points for the Postgraduate Diploma Advanced Practice in CBT and Postgraduate Certificate Evidence Based Psychological Approaches (CBT).


CPT for Anxiety Disorders 2 - Core
Advanced Supervision of CBT Practice 1 - Core
Advanced Supervision of CBT Practice 2 - Core
QPU Advanced Practice of CBT - Core
CBT for Depression - Core
CBT for Anxiety Disorders 1 - Core
Fundamentals of CBT - Core

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Entry requirements

Students need to have 1st or 2nd class honours degree. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level. Normally applicants will be required to hold an honours degree classification 2ii or above in a cognate mental health core profession, such as nursing, psychology, occupational therapy or social work. For applicants who do not meet this requirement, non-standard entry criteria will apply via the KSA route (Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes). It is expected that such candidates will have evidence of successful study at level 6 (or equivalent) within the preceding 5 years. Students will require DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance. This will be conducted in the placement area(s) in accordance with their legal requirements. To train as a CBT High Intensity Practitioner through the IAPT programme you must obtain a training position within one of the local Trusts. The NHS Trusts advertise IAPT HI trainee posts each year through the NHS Jobs website. If you are successful in obtaining a trainee post within the NHS you will then be invited to apply for the PgD Advanced Practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to complete the theoretical part of your IAPT training programme.