PGCert/PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Secondary Care)

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About the course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an increasingly popular method of psychological therapy used to treat mental and physical health problems. This course is designed for mental health professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, counsellors, doctors and social workers to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice. Studying this course will enable you to provide CBT to clients with serious mental illness and other conditions.

There are three pathways for studying this programme

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for practitioners working in secondary care (part-time 120 credits at level 7)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (route for students taking 60 academic credits at level 7). See below for permitted combinations of the award.
  • Individual module* - combinations suited to staff from both secondary care mental health backgrounds or general health and social care services needing a grounding in CBT

For both the PG Diploma and PG Certificate with Clinical Practice – applicants may take a route which allows them to focus on CBT with Psychosis. 

Those enrolling on the course will be expected to be members of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) or other professional body.  Candidates who apply to the course without a core professional background will be expected to be members of the BABCP and so endorse the ethical and professional codes of practice of the organisation.  

Key facts

Tuition fees

Part time: £810 (20 credits) £2,425 (60 credits) £3,640 (90 credits)

Applicants from the local area accessing programmes and individual modules are eligible for funding via the contract with Yorkshire and The Humber Local Education and Training Board (YHLETB) region. At present, priority is given to applicants from within local services who are eligible for this funding because they work for an NHS provider and serve a population with severe or complex mental health needs.  30 places are available.

Non attendance or non-completion penalties may apply with the student’s employer.

Supervised practice modules will require a service supervisor to be identified or an agreement for funding for university supervision.

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants:

Applicants are requested to complete both a University and Course specific application form. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview which will involve a clinical role play. The deadline date for applications is 1 April 2017 for April interviews and 1 May 2017 for June interviews. A link to the application form and supplementary guidance can be found on the application forms page. 


Entry requirements

Study is at academic level 7 so students will usually be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent academic study in a discipline connected to mental health and further vocational mental health experience. Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or those who have not completed an honours degree will be considered on an individual basis using the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) Framework

Students will be expected to be working for a service with NHS funding which provides mental health care.  Priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that they will be able to use their skills to benefit people with serious mental illness.

Students will be expected to have obtained agreement for service release to complete their studies, and should have access to a potential CBT caseload within a clinical setting. During supervised practice modules, students will be required to access in-service CBT supervision and clinical cases suitable for CBT. During the course of the supervision modules it is essential that students obtain support and agreement from their service for the regular video-recording of clinical sessions.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

The taught component of the postgraduate diploma in CBT runs for 2 years. The next intake will begin in September 2017. Supervised practice modules can commence in year 2 to overlap with the modules which are taught at the University or later depending on individual arrangements.

Teaching takes place one day per week (Weds/Thurs) from the University of Hull. Teaching days run from 9.15am-4.30pm. Taught modules run for 10-12 days.

Modules include

  • Basic CBT Theories and Skills
  • Common Disorders and Processes in Severe Mental Illness
  • CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
  • CBT for Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations in Secondary Care
  • Supervised Practice 1 (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder OR Personalist Disorders and Complex Presentations)
  • Supervised Practice 2 (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder OR Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations)

Postgraduate Certificate award – permitted combinations

PG Cert CBT Secondary Care (theory only) 60 credits

  • Basic CBT Theories and Skills
  • Common Disorders and Processes in Severe Mental Illness

Choose one from

  • CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
  • CBT for Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations in Secondary Care

PG Cert CBT Secondary Care (with clinical practice) 60 credits
(available only to those with previous CBT training to Diploma level or equivalent)

  • Supervised Practice 1
  • Supervised Practice 2

Choose one from

  • CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder
  • CBT for Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations in Secondary Care

Top-up training – CBT for Psychosis

Suitable for qualified mental health practitioners with existing CBT training (PG Diploma or equivalent) and experience who wish to specialise further in training for CBT for Psychosis. All applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to work academically at masters level (level 7) and should have the full support of their service and manager to attend the training and practice as a CBT therapist post training.

The top-up training route is the equivalent of the PG Cert (with practice) above. For this route, only psychosis cases and academic teaching would be taken. 

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

This course aims to train NHS and other clinicians in evidence-based therapy, to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice, to provide CBT to clients with serious mental illness and other conditions within secondary mental health and other care services.