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Postgraduate Certificate Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT PWP status

The IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) course was developed following a Government report in 2006 by Lord Layard into the impact of depression and anxiety. The course trains practitioners to deliver psychological interventions to those suffering with anxiety and depression within a stepped care model.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for Postgraduate Certificate Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT PWP status at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Certificate Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT PWP status 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 Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT PWP status.

If you still have questions, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any enquiries. See our contact us page for our telephone, email and address information.

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The programme aims to equip with both the academic and clinical skills to work as a PWP, which will be complemented by clinical work in an approved IAPT service allowing application of theory to practice.

To Apply

For those with a trainee position within an IAPT service please use the online application form.

For all others please contact the programme lead, Simon Grist Advanced Clinical and Expert Practice Group in the first instance

Programme Structure

The programme is based on a national curriculum which is accredited by the British Psychological Society. As such all elements are compulsory, and must be passed in order to exit with the award of PG Cert LI CBT with IAPT PWP status and allow practitioners to apply for accredited PWP status with the crediting body, currently the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists.

Students take 3 modules; the first module is Engagement and assessment of patients with common mental health problems using low intensity CBT (LI CBT), second is Evidenced based low intensity CBT treatment for common mental health disorders, third is Values, diversity and context. Students are required to be employed, or on an honorary contract, within an IAPT service where they are currently delivering a commissioned IAPT service to the local community. The student is required, in addition to completing the modules, to complete an assessment of practice document which is overseen by a supervisor who is trained in IAPT supervision. The key therapy underpinning the programme is CBT.

View the programme specification document for this course

Key Facts

Typical entry requirements


Normally a UK 2.2 Hons degree classification (for postgraduate route), evidence of study at level 6, or submission of an essay which will be marked with level 6 criteria (for undergraduate route) alongside successful recruitment into a trainee PWP post in an IAPT service, or meet the requirements for an honorary contract with an IAPT service. All candidates will be required to demonstrate knowledge and/or experience of working with those with mental health problems.

Recognition of Prior Experience
Due to the diverse nature of IAPT and the population it covers applications from non-traditional backgrounds are welcomed and will be considered by the programme team, along with the employing/supervising IAPT service.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable.

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

Typical course content

This programme is based upon a National Curriculum, for which ALL assessment components must be completed and passed. The student should be employed, or on an honorary contract, within an IAPT service and receive supervision and support from a suitably qualified PWP who has undergone accredited supervision training. The programme is designed to be delivered in conjunction with practice based work, which will help develop and consolidate your skills.

In addition students are required to complete an assessment of practice document which measures clinical competence and the development of skills. This is evidenced through reflective pieces and completion of supervision logs. The supervisor also signs a final statement indicating if the student is competent to practise as a PWP.

Year 1

Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with IAPT PWP statusPostgraduate Certificate2020Part-timeFees Paid by HEE £4,782not offered 
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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.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
EquipmentIT: Recording equipment - Recordings of therapy sessions will need to be completed and the sourcing of the recording equipment will be the responsibility of the student and the employing Trust and not the University.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs/data sticks - The recordings of the therapy sessions must be provided on either a CD or a data stick. Sourcing of the CD/data sticks will be the responsibility of the student and the employing Trust and not the University.
PlacementsDisclosure and Barring Certificates or Clearance: These are a requirement of working with patients, however the cost of these will be undertaken by the employing organisation.
OtherParking costs: Parking costs are the responsibility of the student.

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

Core knowledge will be acquired through lecture sessions, skills training workshops, clinical simulations, role play exercises, action learning groups and small and large group discussions. This will be enhanced by directed study tasks aimed at consolidating your knowledge and applying it to clinical environments. This will all be underpinned through the use of an assessment to practice document with distinct practice orientated outcomes.

Assessment methods
  • Observed Clinical Simulation Examination in assessment of those with common mental health problems using low intensity CBT.
  • Submission of therapy recording (audio/video) of actual low intensity CBT treatment therapy session with a patient.
  • Clinical case presentation demonstrating skills to care of people with a variety of needs from a variety of diverse groups.
  • Reflective accounts.
  • Assessment of Practice document.

Study locations

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