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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip

Course Description

You will study six modules in parallel during your time on the award:
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory and Core Skills (15 credits)
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in Context (15 credits)
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Depression (15 credits)
-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Anxiety Disorders(15 credits)
-Developing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice (30 credits)
-Consolidating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice (30 credits)

Teaching and learning

This award aims to:
-To produce clinicians who have a sound critical knowledge of the theoretical and research literature relating to CBT and who are able to competently undertake CBT assessments and interventions with adults with common mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression according to relevant professional ethical frameworks.
-To contribute towards the requirements of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies for accreditation as a cognitive behavioural therapist.
-Teaching and supervision sessions take place at the Centre of Excellence in Healthcare Education Stafford and in the Learning Centre of St George’s Hospital in Stafford.

Other admission requirements

Have access to a BABCP accredited workplace supervisor who can offer regular supervision. Meet the Staffordshire University required level of proficiency in English (Level 6).

All potential trainees will be interviewed and required to undertake a written assessment before being admitted to the award. Potential trainees will need to demonstrate that they have the necessary interpersonal and academic abilities to achieve the award.

We now recruit to the values of the NHS constitution. This influences our selection criteria and especially the values we are seeking to be demonstrated in both your application and interview, which we view as essential in any individual involved in working with service users.

Funding is available via NHS West Midlands to support individuals who are employed in relevant NHS, Local Authority and Third Sector mental health services in undertaking this course. Funding arrangements are as follows:
-For new posts in IAPT services – 100% salary costs (backfill) for 12 months and 100% course fees
-Replacement posts in IAPT services – 100% course fees
-Existing posts in non-IAPT mental health services – 100% salary costs (backfill) for 12 months and 100% course fees
-Places are also available for self-funding applicants.

Visit the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip page on the Staffordshire University website for more details!

Student Profiles

International Merit Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

The Merit scholarships will be awarded automatically on application to the University as follows:Applicants with results equivalent to UK First Class degree: £2,000
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2:1 degree: £1,500
Applicants with results equivalent to UK 2.:2 degree: £1,000

Value of Scholarship(s)



Available to international students enrolling for the first time on campus in September 2015 are are domiciled in one of the following countries:Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya and Uganda
Europe: Norway and Turkey
East Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
Middle East Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE
South Asia: Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka
South East Asia: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

Application Procedure

For information on how to apply, please refer to the Staffordshire University website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Hold a relevant core profession e.g. Mental health nursing, social work, occupational therapy or clinical psychology. Candidates without a core professional training may be admitted where they can provide evidence that they fulfil the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes(KSA) requirement of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies(BABCP). Have access to an appropriate work setting in which it is possible to undertake at least one day per week of face to face CBT practice and the audio/video recording of client sessions for assessment in the academic setting. See course description for further admission details.

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