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Course summary

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a current form of evidence-based psychological therapy recommended by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) as a first line intervention for many psychological disorders. This PGDip in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy aims to increase your knowledge base of theory and research in CBT, and attempts to promote a critical approach to the subject. The course also aims to provide practical, intensive and detailed skills training to facilitate skills development to a defined standard of competence. The course is a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) Level 2 Accredited course in CBT and as such the course has currently been assessed as ‘providing training to the standards for Accreditation in respect of the number of training hours and supervision and number of assessed cases as laid down in the minimum training standards. The training aims to support you to achieve the level of theoretical knowledge, reflective abilities and clinical skills needed when considering work in the field of psychological therapy, using evidence-based cognitive behaviour therapy methods in your work. The course is offered on a full-time basis, and is delivered through a combination of university attendance, clinical placement activity, clinical supervision and access to online learning materials. Additional information: Each year, a number of places are usually funded by Health Education England. HEE commissioned places are available to those candidates who have an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) commissioned clinical placement. Placements usually advertise their own trainee therapist vacancies (e.g. on the NHS Jobs website) and we conduct a joint recruitment process with them (academic screening and interview) There is a self-funding option available for the course (subject to course capacity).

  • Systematically review and critically evaluate a specific area of literature within the field of cognitive behavioural therapy.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work within ethical guidelines and demonstrate initiative and skill in planning, problem-solving, information gathering and investigation.
  • Structure and present information in a format suitable for publication in an appropriate peer-reviewed journal


For details about individual modules, please visit the course page on our website.

Assessment method

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include literature reviews, case studies, process reports, reflective reports, CBT session recordings and a final practice portfolio. The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

Entry requirements

To attend this course, you must have a relevant core mental health profession or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes, along with having access to a clinical placement in which it is possible to carry out three days a week of face-to-face, supervised CBT practice and audio/video record client sessions for assessment in the academic setting. In line with the National Health Service constitution we use a values-based recruitment approach in seeking candidates with the appropriate values to support effective team working in delivering excellent patient care.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

2023/24 fees TBC. Please see our website for latest information.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Coventry University - UCAS