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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Cognitive Psychology Behavioural Psychology Clinical Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

This course offers training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for mental health professionals who wish to use CBT in their practice. CBT approaches and interventions are recognised as a major contributor to psychological treatment. Our course is suitable for a wide range of professionals such as: nurses; social workers; occupational therapists; physiotherapists; doctors; psychologists and counsellors. The Postgraduate Diploma is a Level 2 accredited course with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). There are two stages of BABCP accreditation - Provisional and Full. This Level 2 course satisfies your application for provisional membership of the BABCP in that it guarantees that you meet the minimum training standards (MTS) required to become a fully accredited CBT therapist or high intensity worker. However, as a diplomate from this course will also have to meet additional criteria to gain individual practitioner accreditation. For example, you will need to demonstrate that you are continuing to use CBT, have appropriate supervision, engage in appropriate CBT and adhere to BABCP Standards of Conduct Performance and Ethics. You are required to secure a placement for the duration of our course, and may need to arrange for individual clinical supervision with a BABCP accredited supervisor.

Different course options

Full time | Paisley Campus | 1 year | JAN-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will require a Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (or equivalent overseas degree). If students do not possess a degree, they may still be considered if they possess professional qualification and extensive, relevant experience. Applicants will also normally be registered with a professional body, and have acquired two years post-qualification experience.

University information

With around 19,000 students, from over 140 countries around the world, the University of the West of Scotland is one of Scotland’s biggest modern universities. Each year, around 600 postgraduate students choose to study at UWS. The location of their west of Scotland campuses in Ayr, Dumfries, Lanarkshire and Paisley means that they are the local university for over 30% of the population of central Scotland. However, their growing national...more