Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip; PGCert

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, PGDip (24 months part time)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders, PGCert ( 12 months part time)


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: part time £4,835 (PG Cert); £9,670 (PGDip)
International: part time fees

Programme Overview

The programme aims to produce psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for patients affected by psychological disorders. The programme will focus predominantly but not exclusively on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

It will:
• provide practical, intensive and detailed training to facilitate the development of competent CBT skills, to a defined standard
• integrate CBT skill development  with the necessary knowledge and attitudes to be an open-minded, informed and reflective CBT practitioner
• promote a critical approach to the subject through engagement with relevant theory, models and evidence
• equip you to become a creative independent CBT practitioner, in accordance with BABCP guidelines for good practice, and to contribute to the further development of CBT.

The CBT Certificate programme will equip you to become competent in the psychological treatment of anxiety disorders, in full accordance with BABCP guidance for good practice

The CBT Diploma programme extends the CBT Certificate programme into the psychological treatment of major depression and specialist CBT applications

CBT Diploma graduates are eligible for practitioner accreditation with BABCP through Standard or IAPT curriculum routes

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders will enable you to develop competency in CBT for anxiety disorders and become skilled practitioners in this therapeutic approach.  The focus is on treating patients with diagnosable anxiety disorders such as Social Phobia, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), etc. 

The emphasis is on high-intensity, individual CBT rather than guided self help, psycho-education or lower intensity anxiety management. 

The CBT Certificate is a CBT practitioner level training designed for healthcare and related professionals who have already completed introductory and/or intermediate CBT training (or equivalent) and have some supervised experience of providing CBT. 

Underpinning the CBT Certificate programme is a student centred, adult learning approach to developing as a CBT therapist with clearly articulated learning outcomes and regular learning needs assessments.  Students are required to conduct CBT therapy with anxiety-disordered patients in their host services.  These cases will have moderately-severe anxiety symptoms appropriate for high-intensity psychological therapy. 

You will work with depressed patients who are more likely to have complex and recurrent difficulties when undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. During this programme you will work on more supervised cases and with a broader range of disorders and more complex conditions.


Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

The entry requirements for the Certificate and Diploma are the same. You may be entered for either programme at the discretion of the Degree Programme Director provided that you:

(a) have entry qualifications that follow the criteria specified in the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) Minimum Training Standards used to specify CBT practitioner accreditation in the UK.

You should be a graduate with an approved basic professional qualification in a mental health or related profession; be
registered with a professional regulatory body, and have undertaken a minimum period of two years post-qualification training and experience


(b) are a graduate in a relevant discipline with experience that meets BABCP Minimum Training Standards whose prior qualifications, training and experience are equivalent to an approved basic professional qualification in a mental health profession

(c) are in stable employment and have your employer’s support to
I. Attend the teaching programme, and
II. Treat appropriate patients using CBT for the training purposes of the programme

(d) are fluent in spoken and written English.

All candidates whose first language is not English will require a minimum IELTS score of 7 with a minimum of 7 in speaking and listening, 8 in academic reading and 6 in academic writing

(e) Although most candidates are expected to work for health organisations (including NHS IAPT services), applications are also encouraged from education, forensic, voluntary and private sectors where there are relevant and equivalent prior qualifications and on-going provision of individual psychological therapies within the applicants’ post.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+Further Information

School Office
School of Psychology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7925

 Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Psychology.