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Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Introductory level practice)

If you wish to start using CBT in your practice, then this programme will provide you with a grounding in the application of CBT concepts and methods in therapeutic practice. It will enable you to reach advanced beginner level on the CTS-R, represented by a score of 30 out of 72 (Blackburn, James, Milne & Reichelt, 2000).

Introducing your course

This is the course page for Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Introductory level practice) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about in CBT (Introductory level practice) and what studying here involves.

In this course page we explain a range of key information about the course. This includes typical entry requirements, modules you can take and how assessment works. We also suggest career opportunities open to you as a University of Southampton graduate of Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Introductory level practice).

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  • To provide students with a clear understanding of cognitive-behavioural concepts, models and methods
  • To develop students’ critical appreciation of the relevant theoretical and empirical literature, on which sound clinical decision making can be based
  • To enable students to develop skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment based on empirically validated models.

Programme start date: dependent on modules chosen, typically September/October

Programme Fees 2016-17 fees as:

Home/EU: £3,140

Overseas & Channel Islands: £5,500



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Programme Structure

The programme normally takes one year to complete but this can be extended to suit individual circumstances up to a maximum of five years.

Key Facts

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

The usual academic entrance requirement is a first degree in psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification, from an approved university, of 2:1 standard or above. If you have a non-degree nursing qualification, this must be equivalent to an undergraduate PG diploma. Experienced mental health professionals who do not meet these entrance requirements may sometimes be individually assessed and considered for admission on a discretionary basis.

International students are required to have the equivalent of a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in English language prior to starting the programme. (visit


The programme requires that you already have certain minimum standards of prior training, including good interpersonal skills, a thorough knowledge of mental health problems, interviewing and general assessment skills, and an understanding of ethical and professional issues in care and treatment. Applications are therefore open primarily to suitably qualified mental health professionals (e.g. Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Mental Health Nurses). If you have a different, but equivalent professional background, you may be considered on an individual basis, through submission of a portfolio of evidence linked to the BABCP 'Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes' criteria.

In cases where the programme team consider that the candidate's performance is compromised by issues that relate to fitness to practise, the policy and procedures laid out in the University Fitness to Practise Policy will be followed.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The following modules are compulsory:

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Highfield Campus

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