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Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (PgDip/PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / PgCert: 1 year, PgDip: 1 year (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

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This is currently the only Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy training programme in Wales accredited by the BABCP.

Course Aims

The programmes aim to provide a high quality postgraduate training in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CBT) for professionals working in mental health.

Who is this Programme for?

Professionals working in mental health e.g. mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers. We also accept students with the equivalent of a professional qualification as assessed by the BABCP’s KSA strategy.

Special Features

Course Description

The PgCert programme offers skills-based training days to introduce participants to the fundamentals of CBT and provide training on CBT with specific disorders.

The PgDip programme further develops participants' skills via 14 specialist supervision sessions and feedback on participants’ practice using recordings of therapy sessions.

The syllabus for both programmes is based on the Roth & Pilling competency framework for CBT with anxiety disorders and depression. The programmes focus on CBT with adults although we also welcome practitioners working with children and older adults.

Course Structure

PgCert in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies: consists of 14 training days commencing in January.

PgDip in Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies: consists of 14 specialist supervision sessions commencing in January.

CBT training

Modules for the PgCert programme:

Additional modules for the PgDip programme:

Course Assessment

Teaching Methods, Resources and Facilities

The certificate teaching programme is delivered via training days which are 50% skills training and includes training from experts in the field such as Paul Salkovskis, David Clark and Anne Hackmann.

The supervision sessions offered by the diploma programme are offered by BABCP accredited practitioners and include live supervision using therapy recordings.

All students have online access to programme materials and resources via Learning Central and also have access to Cardiff University Library's facilities. We provide recording equipment for students on the diploma programme.


Dave Hitt is a mental health nurse who trained in CBT at the Institute of Psychiatry.

Louise Waddington is a clinical psychologist, and has worked as research therapist on randomised control trials of CBT for anxiety disorders and depression.

Skills Acquired

Graduates will have gained skills in evaluating evidence, formulation, critical analysis, collaboration, communication, forming effective working relationships, using change methods, evaluation of interventions and reflection. These can be used to provide effective therapy as well as to assist in other work contexts.

Career Prospects

Graduates from the programmes will have evidence of skills in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, recognised by the BABCP, which can be used in a number of employment fields.

Entry Requirements

Applicants need:

Additional information as downloadable documents:

How to Apply

Applicants should apply for the PgCert in the first instance.

Applications should be made via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.

Please note that you also need to complete three additional forms:

You then need to upload these forms as part of the online application as supporting documentation on 'Page 7', under 'Other Information'.

Admissions Process

Potential students will be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Interviews are usually held in October.

Please note: Course intake for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies is in January each year and the application deadline is in September before each intake. Candidates will be invited to interview in mid-October.


Some of our students are employed by the NHS and are funded or part-funded by their local health board. Others are self-funding.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time PgCert: £2,563
PgDip (Post Certificate): £2,563
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: January each year

School Contact

Name: Mark Jones  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0360 



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