Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Pgcert/PgDip

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
This Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme from University of the West of Scotland 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. This Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme offered by University of the West of Scotland is suitable for a wide range of professionals such as nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, doctors, sychologists and counsellors.

Career prospects
This is an exciting opportunity to train as a CBT therapist at a time when demand is high for these unique skills.


On successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to work towards a British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accreditation following relevant further study.

Programme Structure

Postgraduate Certificate Provides foundational skills in CBT core models and interventions. This programme is suitable for any mental health worker wishing to use CBT interventions in their practice.
You will study three modules:
  • CBT Models and Core Competences
  • CBT Strategies, Skills and Interventions
  • CBT Applied to Anxiety and Depression
Pg Diploma
Designed to meet all the requirements for British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies accreditation. This is for students wishing to become fully accredited CBT therapists or high intensity workers. As well as the three modules outlined above, you will additionally complete a further three modules:
  • Enhanced Skills and Treatment Models
  • CBT for Chronic and Complex Disorders
  • Science Ethics and Personal Development
There are 60 hours of work-based learning to be undertaken as part of the Certificate and a further 140 hours to complete the Diploma. In addition to the entry criteria listed, applicants wishing to undertake this training must also be able to demonstrate that they have access to a suitable client group, and a suitably qualified and experienced clinical supervisor. This will usually be achieved through support from your workplace. However, independent applicants will be offered support to achieve this. Applicants who do not have a core profession will be required to complete a KSA (Key Skills and Attributes) portfolio on application.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 12 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (or equivalent overseas degree).
  • Non-native speakers need to provide evidence of proficiency in English (IELTS 7.0). Applicants will normally be registered with a professional body, and have acquired two years post-qualification experience.
  • Please note: applicants are required to secure a placement for the duration of the programme, and may need to arrange for individual clinical supervision with a BABCP accredited or accreditable supervisor.
  • Students will attend one day per week, as well as have a required number of clinical hours and self–study each week.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3400 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • 700 - 1400 GBP/month
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