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Postgraduate Diploma in CBT (Level 1)

This programme offers students the opportunity to develop their CBT skills and knowledge to the level of a competent CBT practitioner. The modular structure allows students to specialise in the areas in which they are most interested and those that will meet the needs of their clinical practice. This programme is accredited by BABCP at Level 1.

Students are expected to develop a clear understanding of cognitive behavioural concepts, models and methods. They will gain skills in collaborative assessment, formulation and treatment, and develop sound clinical decision making through a critical appreciation of the theoretical and empirical literature. This is a highly flexible programme with most students working in clinical settings and attending the University at least one day a week.

Introducing your course

This is the course page for Postgraduate Diploma in CBT (Level 1) at the University of Southampton. Find out everything about Diploma in CBT (Level 1) 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 Diploma in CBT (Level 1).

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

  • 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

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants



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.

Programme Structure

The programme normally takes two years to complete, 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. 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.

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

Typical course content


PSYC6095 CBT Supervision 1 (Generic)

PSYC6088 CBT Fundamentals

PSYC6135 CBT Portfolio


PSYC6091 CBT for Psychosis

PSYC6096 CBT Supervision 2 (Anxiety)

PSYC6100 CBT Supervision 6 (Introduction to Psychosis)

PSYC6106 CBT for Anxiety Presentations (Short)

PSYC6107 CBT for Anxiety Presentations (Long)

PSYC6134 Supervisory Skills

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 (Level 1) - year 1 onlyPGDip2020Part-time£6,950£13,900
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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.).
EquipmentRecording Equipment: You will need to have access to equipment to (i) video 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 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. This also includes software licenses and hardware. Software Licenses- As related to equipment above. Hardware- As related to equipment above.
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 here:
PlacementsYou or your employer (typically the NHS) will be responsible for all costs related to your clinical work. This includes accommodation, insurance, medical insurance, travel costs, immunisation/vaccination costs, disclosure and barring certificates or clearance and translation of birth certificates. If you are taking supervision modules you are required to become a member of BABCP prior to start of your programme.
OtherParking Costs- You 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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