Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip produces psychological therapists who are competent in the practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for patients affected by psychological disorders. It focuses predominantly on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.
The course offers 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.
You will gain:
- practical, intensive and detailed training to facilitate the development of competent CBT skills, to a defined standard
- the necessary knowledge and attitudes to be an open-minded, informed and reflective CBT practitioner
- a critical approach to the subject through engagement with relevant theory, models and evidence
These skills equip you to become a creative independent CBT practitioner, in accordance with British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) guidelines for good practice, and to contribute to the further development of CBT. As a graduate of this course you are eligible for practitioner accreditation with BABCP through Standard or Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) curriculum routes.
The course enables you to develop competency in CBT for anxiety disorders and become a skilled practitioner 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), Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), etc. The emphasis is on high-intensity, individual CBT rather than guided self-help, psycho-education or lower intensity anxiety management.
Underpinning the course is a student centred learning approach to developing as a CBT therapist. You are required to conduct CBT therapy with anxiety-disordered patients in their host services. These patients will have moderate-severe anxiety symptoms appropriate for high-intensity psychological therapy.
The Diploma extends into the psychological treatment of major depression and specialist CBT applications. You will work with depressed patients who are more likely to have complex and recurrent difficulties. Your work on supervised cases will cover a broad range of disorders and complex conditions.
The School of Psychology is based on the University campus in the Ridley Building. You will benefit from seminar rooms and meeting spaces, as well as excellent practical facilities for carrying out experiments.
Additional facilities for psychological research are available in:
- the Institute of Neuroscience for comparative and neuroscience approaches
- the Institute of Health and Society for health psychology, and development and disability
- Culture Lab for human–computer interaction
- the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences for disorders of language
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Modules for 2017 entry
The course comprises credits to the value of 120.
All candidates completing the Diploma shall take the following compulsory modules:
Completing and passing the Certificate level allows you to graduate or continue study to Diploma level in year two. Two pathways are available at Diploma level:
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Primary Care Applications pathway)
- Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Specialist Applications pathway)
All candidates completing the Diploma shall take the following compulsory module:
*Psy8052 is a non-credit bearing module, however each assessment contained in this module must be passed. The Pass/Fail marking scale is used for this module.
In addition, candidates following the Primary Care Applications pathway shall take the following compulsory module:
In addition, candidates following the Specialist Applications pathway shall take the following compulsory module:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
Part time: £5,000
Part time: £5,000
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
You may be entered for the course at the discretion of the Degree Programme Director provided that you:
- 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
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
- are in stable employment and have your employer's support to:
- attend the teaching programme, and
- treat appropriate patients using CBT for the training purposes of the programme
- are fluent in spoken and written English. All candidates whose first language is not English will require a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in speaking and listening, 8.0 in academic reading and 6.0 in academic writing
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.
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English Language Requirements
To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
Direct Entry: IELTS 7.O overall (with at least 8.0 reading, 7.0 in speaking and listening and 6.0 in writing)
Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.
Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.
The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
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