Postgraduate

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

Low Intensity Psychological Therapies PGCert

Full time: 12 months

Profile

This course provides you with the skills to asses and treat patients with brief, evidence-based psychological approaches for the treatment of mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. It is part of the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme which trains Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) for NHS employment.


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About this course

The Department of Health's IAPT programme is an innovative approach to address common mental health problems. Through this course you are trained as a practitioner to help those who experience depression and anxiety through use of evidence-based psychological therapies.

Low intensity treatments employ brief, cognitive behavioural therapy approaches through use of vehicles such as guided self-help, forming part of the stepped care system recommended for depression and anxiety disorders. After meeting and assessing a patient, the practitioner supports a therapeutic intervention to help patients with their problems and/or engage with other services that will facilitate them in their recovery.

Our Low Intensity Psychological Therapies Brochure 2020-21 (PDF: 1,612 KB) provides more information about this course. FAQs, links to IAPT resources and information about a 'week in the life of a psychological wellbeing practitioner' and are also included in the publication. 

After completing this course, you are eligible to apply for Band 5 PWP posts in NHS organisations.  These posts also exist in the private and voluntary sectors. 

The programme director is Dr Mark Papworth, lead author of the core text regarding Low Intensity Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy.

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

PGCert

UK

Full time: £5,000

EU

Full time: £5,000

International

Full time: £9,200

Those studying in the UK under a Tier 4 visa are not eligible for this course

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

An NQF 4, or international equivalent. You will be also be required to submit a portfolio to ‘credit’ other academic and life experience and also confirm that you are able to perform at the appropriate academic level.

OR

An NQF 5, or international equivalent. You will not be required to submit a portfolio.

You will also require relevant experience, voluntary or paid, of working with individuals who experience mental health difficulties.

We expect you to have a high standard of:

  • written ability
  • computer literacy
  • the ability to develop good therapeutic relationships

You also need to meet the trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) national person specification and be able to demonstrate good communication skills and other core requirements. The Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) website has examples of PWP specifications.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

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.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.

NHS-funded places

Application and selection are made in partnership, with the NHS Trusts advertising the vacancies.

Self-funded places

Due to the ongoing national IAPT expansion, we do not have any capacity for self-funding students for the September 2020 intake.

As a result of the expansion, there will be NHS-funded places available on the programme, and application and selection for these places are made in partnership with the NHS Trusts who advertise the vacancies.

Newcastle University is not made aware when adverts will be released by Services. If you are  interested in applying for an NHS-funded place, we would recommend setting up a job alert via NHSJobs. Please contact local IAPT services for more information about funded places

We do expect to be able to offer a number of self-funding places for the September 2021 intake.

 

Contact

Karen Wilson
Programme Administrator (IAPT and CBT programmes)
School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3915
Email: iapt.director@ncl.ac.uk

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