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Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Advanced level practice)

This course is ideal for people who have already completed a PG Diploma or have significant CBT experience. It enables practitioners who have specialised in working with one set of disorders (e.g. anxiety and depression) to develop their knowledge and skills in other areas (e.g. psychosis or personality disorder). As such, the advanced certificate offers an opportunity to broaden clinical expertise by developing new formulation and practice skills.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for Postgraduate Certificate in CBT (Advanced level practice) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about in CBT (Advanced 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 (Advanced 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

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

Programme Structure

The programme normally takes one year to complete if studying full-time or 2 years to complete if studying part-time.

Key Facts

Typical entry requirements

Selection process

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 approaching 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


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. In addition you will normally have knowledge and experience of CBT. 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

PG Cert CBT (Advanced Level Practice) Module List

PSYC6091 CBT for Psychosis

PSYC6095 CBT Supervision 1 (Generic)

PSYC6096 CBT Supervision 2 (Anxiety)

PSYC6100 CBT Supervision 6 (Introduction to Psychosis)

PSYC6106 CBT for Anxiety Presentations (Short)

PSYC6107 CBT for Anxiety Presentations (Long)

PSYC6125 Supervisory Skills

PSYC6088 CBT Fundamentals

PSYC6126 Working psychologically with people with serious mental ill-health

PSYC6089 CBT for Depression

PSYC6097 CBT Supervision 3 (Depression)

PSYC6101 CBT Supervision 7 (Further Psychosis)


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
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Advanced Level Practice)Postgraduate Certificate2020Full-time£3,450£6,900
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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.
BooksEssential books are listed on the Module Profile under Resources. Where 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
EquipmentRecording Equipment: You will need to have access to equipment to (i) video and audio record therapy sessions, and (ii) upload these recordings securely to the University. All students studying the Level 2 IAPT Diploma IAPT will have their equipment provided. All other students are responsible for providing their own equipment as discussed at interview and in the Student Handbook.
EquipmentIT: You will need to have access to equipment to (i) video and audio record therapy sessions, and (ii) upload these recordings securely to the University. All students studvinq the Level 2 IAPT Diploma IAPT will have their equipment provided. All other students are responsible for providing their own equipment as discussed at interview and in the Student Handbook.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects, dissertations, is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found at:
PlacementsIncluding Study Abroad Programmes: You or your employer (typically the NHS) will be responsible for all costs related to your clinical work.
PlacementsProfessional Registration: If you are taking supervision modules, you are required to become a member of BABCP prior to start of your programme.
TravelYou or your employer (typically the NHS) will be responsible for all parking costs while at the University.

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

You will develop core and specialist knowledge and understanding through traditional lectures, interactive workshops and small group supervision. Your academic and clinical skills will be assessed using a combination of case reports, essays and therapy recordings.

Throughout the programme, you are encouraged to undertake independent reading to consolidate what is being taught and broaden your knowledge and understanding of particular topics. This includes academic texts, journal articles and other selected sources.

Study locations

Highfield Campus

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