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Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Psychotherapy

Course type


Course Summary

This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment.

The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course you are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies.

Low intensity treatments employ brief, cognitive behavioural therapy approaches through use of vehicles such as guided self-help, forming part of the stepped care system recommended for depression and anxiety disorders. After meeting and assessing a patient, the practitioner supports a therapeutic intervention to help patients with their problems and/or engage with other services that will facilitate them in their recovery.

After completing this course, you are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations. These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



The module aims to develop students? awareness of concepts around diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism. It will equip students with the necessary knowledge, attitudes and competencies to operate in an inclusive values driven mental health service. It will also develop their understanding around the complexities of people?s health, social and occupational needs and the services which can support recovery. The module is also designed to support students? self-reflection and clinical decision-making and their ability to effectively use supervision.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An NQF 4, or international equivalent. You will be also be required to submit a portfolio to ‘credit’ other academic and life experience and also confirm that you are able to perform at the appropriate academic level. OR An NQF 5, or international equivalent. You will not be required to submit a portfolio. You will also require relevant experience, voluntary or paid, of working with individuals who experience mental health difficulties. We expect you to have a high standard of: written ability computer literacy the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships You also need to meet the trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) national person specification and be able to demonstrate good communication skills and other core requirements.