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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapists may pursue careers within the NHS, the private or commercial sectors.

Qualification: PGDip

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: One year

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

There is an increased need for access to evidence based psychological therapies throughout the UK.

This course would be appropriate for those interested in the treatment of mental health problems and may include:

  • psychologists
  • mental health professionals 
  • occupational therapists 
  • GP's 
  • nurses 
  • social workers
  • and other suitable graduates.

Professionals who are currently qualified in a different therapeutic approach may enrol for this programme.

If you would like to find out more about this course, come along to a postgraduate open evening.

What will this course cover?

CBT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of:

  • depression
  • panic attacks
  • phobias
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • anxiety
  • eating disorders
  • insomnia
  • relationship problems
  • workplace stress
  • self esteem issues
  • substance abuse/misuse
  • anger management
  • physical health problems
  • occupational health issues
  • psychosis.

The NHS actively promotes provision of evidence-based practice and CBT is the evidence-based psychotherapy of choice.

It can be effective as a stand-alone treatment and can also be used in conjunction with other medical or psychological treatments.

The model is versatile and creative and its techniques can be used selectively in general medical, psychological and nursing practice, as well as informing whole courses of integrated treatment.

Year One

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory & Practice: Foundation
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills: Foundation
  • Research & Integrated Practice
  • Supervised Practice
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory & Practice: Advanced
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Skills: Advanced
  • Applications of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Advanced Supervised Practice
  • Reflective Practice
  • Advanced Reflective Practice


Two days a week.

By the end of the programme, you will need to demonstrate 250 hours of individual study and 200 hours of client work in accordance with BABCP minimum training standards.

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include a relevant degree, for example psychology, or the equivalent from an allied field.

You must also have at least two year's post-graduation work experience working with vulnerable adults and/or those with mental health problems.

It is a pre-requisite of the course that applicants have access to a clinical population to enable them to implement their CBT training into practice.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £4,700 per year. 

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Further information
Information for Home and EU students.
Information for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit