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Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Cognitive Psychology Psychotherapy Behavioural Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

The course is for mental health professionals looking for additional specialist training, or if you want to train as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

The Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy is made up of two years training which covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of learning to be a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.

The BACP-accredited Postgraduate Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) is aimed at those who are interested in professional training to become a psychotherapist, with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as the core theoretical orientation.


A range of assessments is used during the PG Diploma course to test your knowledge, skills, self-reflection and practice ability.

These include essays, case studies, practice portfolios and presentations.

Practical assessments include in-class skills assessments, assessed recordings of your client work (CTS-Rs) and reports from your clinical practice and supervisor.


Having successfully completed the formal training hours and assignments, graduates of the course will be ready to look for work in the field of counselling and psychotherapy with CBT as their core approach and to prepare for accreditation with BABCP.

The profile of CBT in the UK has grown significantly over the last 12 years and is widely used in NHS mental health services.

CBT has the strongest evidence base of all the psychotherapeutic approaches and in the current guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the treatment of choice for many presenting psychological problems.

CBT is also used with children and young people with psychological and behavioural difficulties although this course is focused on working with adults.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



This module provides a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinning of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) and a working knowledge of the principles and basic competences for effective practice, building on the basic and generic competences used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and within professional practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Part-time fees are per 20 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Part-time fees are per 20 credits.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to hold a degree or, where relevant, evidence of working at degree level; Have a completed a minimum of 96 direct teaching hours in counselling theory and skills (some of which is CBT); Have completed 60 hours training in professional practice issues; Evidence relevant experience in the health and social care field in the public, private or voluntary areas Or Relevant professional qualification (e.g. registered mental health nurse; occupational therapist, counselling psychologist; clinical psychologist; qualified social worker; accredited/registered counsellor/psychotherapist; psychiatrist; General Practitioner or other profession recognised as core by the BABCP; Have completed an introductory training in counselling theory and skills, including CBT, as part of their previous training.