About this course
Learn the skills to work as a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP) and help treat people with anxiety and depression on this PGCert in Low Intensity CBT with IAPT PWP Status. Our expert academics will train you to deliver psychological interventions within a stepped care model. You’ll complement your learning with clinical work in approved IAPT service, allowing you to apply theory in a real-life setting.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy used to help patients change negative patterns of thinking or behaviour. It’s recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of a range of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.
This part-time course is aimed at people who want to work in a stepped care Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.
You’ll learn how to deliver low intensity CBT to support people with common mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, and help them to self-manage.
By the end of the course you’ll be able to:
- interview patients to identify their main difficulties or things they want to change
- deliver low intensity CBT interventions by providing information and support for treatment to patients suffering from common mental health problems
- operate from an inclusive values base which promotes recovery and respects diversity
- manage caseloads
- work safely and to high standards
- use supervision to aid clinical decision-making
Successful graduates will be able to work as a qualified PWP in an IAPT or low intensity CBT service.
Your course leader is Simon Grist, a former community mental health team manager who has taught CBT at the University of Southampton for over 10 years. His research interests include low intensity CBT, inflammation and depression, and physical activity as a health intervention. Read Mr Grist’s staff profile to find out more about his work.
This course is accredited by:
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
You’ll need a 2: 2 degree in a clinical, health or science subject.
You should have secured recruitment into a trainee PWP post in an IAPT service, or meet the requirements for an honorary contract with an IAPT service.
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.
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The course consists of 3 compulsory modules, all of which you must pass.
We’ll ask you to complete an assessment of practice document which measures clinical competence and the development of skills. This can be evidenced through reflective pieces and completion of supervision logs.
Your supervisor will also sign a final statement to indicate that you’re competent to practise as a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP).
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- skills training workshops
- clinical simulations
- group discussions
- directed study
We’ll assess you through:
- clinical assessment session
- therapy recording
- clinical case presentation
- reflective essay
- assessment of practice document
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
This training will qualify you to work as a PWP in an IAPT or low intensity CBT service.
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 £4,782.
- This course is not available to International students.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
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.
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