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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    04 October 2018

Course content

By studying our course, you’ll learn skills which will have a major influence on helping others to improve their emotional wellbeing when dealing with mental health problems. Cognitive behavioural therapy helps people to understand and manage their own thoughts and feelings in their daily lives. Our PGDip will inspire you with in-depth, comprehensive training in this field of expertise.

Our course is accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies at Level 2. It is also one of only a small number in the UK which accepts self-funded applicants as well as locally funded applicants associated with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.

What you will study

Our PGDip Psychological Intervention (CBT) course provides you with a powerful platform to grow a career within this sphere of psychology. 

We’ll expose you to real-world challenges by teaching you about current issues, while you benefit from clinical presentations and input from people actually using CBT services. We’ll expose you to a forward-thinking range of learning experiences, making sure you also have a chance to integrate theory with practice. After graduating, we will have helped you to develop into a confident, capable individual able to provide effective, informed psychological treatment to those who need it. 

Completion of our course will qualify you to provide CBT treatment in line with the high standards set by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. You’ll be well equipped to work with adults presenting with a variety of common mental health disorders. 

Professional recognition

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

This Level 2 course is accredited by the BABCP and fulfils the BABCP’s minimum training standards, including the IAPT High Intensity CBT curriculum.

Teaching approaches

Your modules will be delivered across two academic semesters with attendance at the University of Surrey required on Thursday and Friday.

You will also have seven week-long blocks of intensive, varied workshops during the year. In addition to insightful lectures, we will also motivate and inspire you to develop your skills through other tried and tested learning methods. You can expect experiential workshops, debates, presentations, video role-plays and more. 

During your studies, your will benefit from weekly clinical group supervisions provided by the course team. You will also be expected to take part in self-directed study, giving you access to the informative, useful materials within our Library and online databases. 

Who should apply?

You should apply to this course if you are interested in training in CBT and have a background in mental health. You normally need to have a British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) approved core profession to apply.

This course will give you the qualifications you need to work as a High Intensity CBT practitioner in Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies services. This allows you to work in other mental health services or in private practice.

We do welcome applications who don’t have a core profession, but still have significant mental health experience. It could be that you’re a psychological wellbeing practitioner or a counsellor without accreditation for the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy or the BABCP. However, you must meet the BABCP’s criteria for knowledge, skills and attitude. Please see the BABCP website for details on approved Core Professions and for details on meeting the criteria for the knowledge, skills and attitude route.

Equal opportunities

Surrey are committed to equality of opportunity and access to training. We welcome and provide support as needed for trainees with special needs.


Visit the Psychological Intervention: CBT (PGDip) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

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