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.
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 2017-18 (PDF: 1,130 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.
Delivery and PlacementsDelivery and Placements
Most campus based teaching takes place on Mondays, and for the rest of the week you are on placement.
Placements are currently provided around the north east of England in services that treat individuals experiencing common mental health problems through implementation of evidence-based psychological therapies.
On completing this course you can work towards Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) accreditation.
Excellent general learning resources are available including access to the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find all workshop and lecture slides, and programme and module handbooks.
The School of Psychology is located in the Ridley Building where you will have access to a postgraduate resources room with networked computers and printer.
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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 2018 entry
Compulsory ModulesCompulsory Modules
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 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £5,500
Full time: £5,500
Full time: £9,000
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
An NQF 4, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. 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.
An NQF 5, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject. You will not be required to submit a portfolio.
We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have 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.
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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.
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: You will also need to complete the additional information sheet (Word Doc: 76.1 KB) to be submitted in line with the application deadline date.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to upload two references with their application. However, if a referee would prefer to forward references directly to the School of Psychology, they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline for self-funded places is 24 April 2019 for October 2019 entry.
Interviews are being held on Monday 10, Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June 2019. We may consider late applications if places on the course are available.