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PgCert Cognitive Behavioural Approaches

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Cognitive Behavioural Approaches will give you an introduction to the principles of the subject.

It has been developed for people who wish to develop their knowledge of cognitive behavioural approaches in one or more of the following settings – the helping and health professions, private practice, or management roles where working with people is the prime focus.

Please note – the course does not provide training in the full range of skills and knowledge required to practice cognitive behavoural therapy (CBT). This can be achieved by application to and successful completion of additional modules leading to the postgraduate diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You may also apply to continue your studies up to MSc.

A strong basis of theoretical psychology underpins the course, giving you a good understanding of where CBT techniques come from and potential developments in theory and practice. You will study practical aspects of CBT such as basic principles and techniques, and assessment and formulation. You will also consider wider issues such as the evaluation of literature, models and therapeutic practice, research methods, professional issues and ethical practice.

The course will also support the development of your personal and transferable skills commensurate with postgraduate study.

What you will learn

You will learn the basic principles of CBT, assessment of clients and formulation of presenting difficulties, CBT techniques, models of anxiety disorders and depression and their application to clinical casework.

At a broader level you will evaluate literature, models and therapeutic practice. Additionally you will consider research methods, design and evaluation to underpin evidence-based practice. You will also study issues relating to ethical practice and the professional role of the therapist.

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

Visit the PgCert Cognitive Behavioural Approaches page on the University of Bolton website for more details!

Student Profiles

Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship - 3 Awards

The Masters Taught Excellence Scholarship can be awarded to full-time UK, EU, and International Masters students, irrespective of their financial means.In order to receive this Scholarship, applicants must have completed and submitted an application form which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please note that this Scholarship is only available to students undertaking their first Masters course.For more information about this scholarship please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance or contact the Student Funding Advisor, Karen Bentley on 01204 903497

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must have been awarded a First-Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU institution.
You must be studying a full-time taught masters at the University of Bolton campus in Bolton.
You must not be in receipt of any other offer, i.e. Alumni Discount or any other fee reduction.
You must not be in receipt of any other kind of sponsorship towards your tuition fees, for example from an employer.
The course of study must have commenced in September 2014 or later.

Application Procedure

In order to receive the scholarship towards fees students must have completed the Masters Excellence Scholarship application form, which can be downloaded from http://www.bolton.ac.uk/pgfinance Please return the form with photocopies of your certificates to:Masters Excellence Scholarship Scheme,
Student Centre,
Chancellor's Mall,
University of Bolton,
Deane Road, Bolton. BL3 5ABTel: +44 (0)1204 903497 / +44 (0)1204 903499
Email: [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should hold a professional qualification in counselling or therapy (or equivalent) and be able to evidence your ability to succeed academically at postgraduate level. You will be interviewed as part of the application process.If you have limited experience in higher education you may initially be offered the opportunity to study one academic module as an associate student.

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