About this course
PGCert CBT (Advanced Level Practice) is suited to practitioners wanting to develop Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) knowledge and treat different presentations. Expand your clinical expertise and learn new interventions in a flexible study environment.
You’ll learn to engage, assess and treat people through interactive workshops and personalise this PGCert CBT course by studying subjects you’re interested in.
This Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Advanced Level Practice) is suited to those who have already completed a PG Diploma or have CBT experience.
If you’re a practitioner specialising in one set of presentations, this course will allow you to develop your knowledge and skills in other areas (such as psychosis or personality presentations). This advanced practice certificate offers you the opportunity to broaden your clinical expertise and develop new skills.
On this advanced certificate in CBT you’ll gain the expertise to help people with particular presentations. As part of your studies, you’ll take part in workshops with demonstrations and interactive learning techniques like role-play.
When you complete this PGCert cognitive behavioural therapy course you’ll:
- understand cognitive behavioural concepts, models and methods
- understand theoretical and empirical literature to improve clinical decision making
- develop skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
This course is led by Dr Katherine Newman-Taylor. Katherine works on the CBT and Clinical Psychology programmes at the University, and as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the local NHS trust.
Their clinical interests are in working with people with psychosis, and in adopting a cognitive behavioural approach to living well with voices and paranoia. Learn more on Dr Newman-Taylor's staff profile page.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of the following subjects:
- social work
- occupational therapy
- or an equivalent professional qualification
If you have a nursing qualification that is not a degree, it must be equivalent to an undergraduate PG diploma.
You must also have prior training, experience or knowledge in:
- interpersonal skills
- mental health problems
- general assessment
- understanding of ethical and professional issues
We usually receive applications from qualified mental health professionals (for example, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Mental Health Nurses).
If you have a different professional background, you may be considered on an individual basis, by submitting a portfolio of evidence linked to the BABCP 'Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes' criteria.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
Got a question?
If you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course please contact our enquiries team; we're very happy to help.Email: email@example.com
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Advanced Level Practice) is usually completed over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. The exact timing depends on the modules you choose to study.
The module structure of this course allows you to specialise in the areas you’re most interested in and that meets the needs of your clinical practice. This is a flexible programme with most students working in clinical settings and attending the University at least one day a week.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must choose your modules from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You’ll learn through lectures, interactive workshops (role-play and demonstrations) and small group discussions and projects.
Throughout your studies, you’ll need to independently read academic texts, journal articles and other select sources. This will consolidate your learning and help you to understand some topics better.
You’ll develop a clear understanding of cognitive behavioural concepts, models and methods. You’ll also gain skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment, and develop sound clinical decision making.
We’ll assess your academic and clinical skills through:
- case reports
- therapy recordings
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
Many of our students already work in a mental health service. This course will expand your knowledge in CBT practices.
This PGCert in CBT provides a pathway towards BABCP accreditation. If you continue your training towards full accreditation you can start a professional career in CBT as a cognitive behavioural therapy practitioner or therapist.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £3,450.
- International students pay £6,900.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
Single module (CPD) applications
To apply for a single module (CPD), you'll need to fill in a physical application form that you can download from our continuing professional development pages.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000