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Overview

Our course offers training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for mental health professionals who wish to use CBT in their practice.

CBT approaches and interventions are recognised as a major contributor to psychological treatment. Our course is suitable for a wide range of professionals such as:

  • nurses
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • doctors
  • psychologists
  • counsellors

Upon graduation you will be equipped with the capacity and capability to provide high quality CBT either within your existing role or to use these skills to further your career.

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Professional Approval and Accreditation

On successful completion of our course, you will have the opportunity to work towards a British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) accreditation following relevant further study.

Placement Opportunities

You are required to secure a placement for the duration of our course, and may need to arrange for individual clinical supervision with a BABCP accredited or accreditable supervisor.

85%

Overall student satisfaction amongst UWS postgraduate Health, Nursing & Midwifery students (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)

88%

UWS postgraduate Health, Nursing & Midwifery students would recommend us to a friend (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)

99%

Graduates in work/further study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Postgraduate & Post-experience Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Academic Requirements

You will require a Bachelor’s degree from a UK university in a relevant subject (or equivalent overseas degree).

You will normally be registered with a professional body, and have acquired two years post-qualification experience.

Please note: you are required to secure a placement for the duration of our course, and may need to arrange for individual clinical supervision with a BABCP accredited or accreditable supervisor.

You will attend one day per week, as well as have a required number of clinical hours and self–study each week.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Our Postgraduate Certificate will provide you with foundation skills in CBT core models and interventions.

While our Postgraduate Diploma course will enable you to provide effective psychological interventions within the practice of cognitive behaviour therapy, at a level that meets BABCP standards and their accreditation for practice. Throughout our course you will develop the necessary:

  • knowledge
  • skills
  • attitudes
  • clinical competencies

* a range of flexible, part-time delivery routes are available for this course. Please contact us for more information.

 

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching has been specifically designed to provide quality training combining skills training through role play and demonstration with more traditional teaching of the relevant theory.

There is a combination of:

  • face-to-face lecture workshop delivery
  • supervision
  • innovative virtual teaching learning opportunities utilising the Scotia Medical Observation and Training System (SMOTS lab.)

The development of a coherent assessment strategy is central to our course. This recognises the range of learning and communication styles and skills you possess and develop, and provides opportunities for you to engage in a variety of forms of assessment.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

HOW TO APPLY

You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.

APPLY ONLINE

The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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