- 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 current cognitive behavioural models.
This course recognises that CBT is constantly developing. Recent advances are introduced and students are encouraged to balance evidence based practice with the need for practice based evidence.
Programme start date: dependent on modules chosen, typically September/October
Programme Fees 2016-17 fees as:
Overseas & Channel Islands: £12,300
View the programme specification document for this course
The diploma is level I accredited by the BABCP. On successful completion of the course, our students usually apply to BABCP for personal accreditation, once they have met the association’s full criteria.
The programme normally takes two years to complete but can be extended to suit individual circumstances up to a maximum of five years.
Typical entry requirements
You will have a core healthcare profession (as defined by BABCP) or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes.
In addition you will normally have knowledge and experience of CBT.
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.
Applicants will be working at a level of competency in CBT. This can be evidenced in a number of ways, e.g.
(i) Successful completion of a Certificate / Diploma in CBT, including a CTS-R rating of at least 30
(ii) Successful completion of University of Southampton 'Theory and Skills II' CBT training, and a CTS-R of at least 30 (assessed by an accredited CBT practitioner)
(iii) Fifty clinical hours of CBT under supervision by an accredited CBT practitioner, including a CTS-R rating of at least 30.
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 www.southampton.ac.uk/international/entry_regs/index.shtml.
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.
If you have previously completed our certificate in CBT, you can accredit prior learning (APL) providing you scored at 30 or above on the CTS-R assessment of the course. Alternatively, you can take a supervision module prior to the start of the diploma to confirm required level of competency. If you have successfully completed a a certificate in CBT from another organisation, you can provide us with a portfolio of evidence for consideration of APL. We are happy to discuss these options if you are not familiar with APL procedures.
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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 www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.