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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 providea 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 assessment of therapy recordings.

All students have access to programme materials and resources via Learning Central and also have access to Cardiff University Library. 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 who has worked as research therapist on 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 should normally have an undergraduate degree in a field allied to mental health such as psychology, mental health nursing, occupational therapy, social work, medicine. Applicants without a first degree who have held a position of responsibility relevant to the programme will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants must have a professional qualification in a health or social care field (or equivalent as assessed by BABCP’s KSA strategy), and employment (paid or unpaid) in which they are supported to undertake this training. Please see the programme website for full details.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to pass either IELTS/TOEFL exams, obtaining a minimum score of IELTS band 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each category.

Please note: Course intake for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies is in January each year and the application deadline is on 1st September before each intake. Candidates will be invited to interview in mid-October.

How to Apply

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

In the first instance, applicants should apply for the PgCert. Applicants wishing to progress to the PgDip can do so at any time and do not have to begin this programme directly after completing the PgCert.

Applicants should give information which demonstrates their enthusiasm and interest in CBT. They should also make clear the opportunities for practicing CBT in their workplace and the level of managerial support they have for undertaking the training.

If applicants are applying via the KSA route we would be grateful if they could make this clear in their personal statement and submit their portfolio in advance of their application.

Admissions Process

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

  • UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
    PgDip (Post-PgCert) fee: £2,500.00. Fees are usually collected in three instalments throughout the year. Where requested by Local Health Boards fees can be accepted early.

Next intake: January each year

School Contact

Name: Mark Jones  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0513 



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