University of Bolton CBT

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University of Bolton CBT

This course is currently under review and may be changing to PgDip Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapies for 2015 entry (subject to validation).

The Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy will give you a full understanding of the principles and practice of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies.

It has been developed for people who wish to practice using a cognitive behavioural approach in one or more of the following settings – the helping or health professions, private practice, or management roles where working with people is the prime focus.

A strong basis of theoretical psychology underpins the course. This will ensure your practice-related learning is not separated from its primary academic base and give you a good understanding of where cognitive behavioural psychotherapies techniques come from and potential developments in theory and practice.

You will study practical aspects of cognitive behavioural psychotherapies such as basic principles and techniques and assessment and formulation. You will also consider wider issues such as the evaluation of literature, models and therapeutic practice, research methods, evidence based-practice, professional issues and ethical practice. Over the course of your studies you will gain 200 hours experience of working with clients in a clinical setting through supervised clinical practice placements arranged on an individual basis by you.

The course will also support the development of your personal and transferable skills commensurate with postgraduate study.

About the course

The course offers you the opportunity to gain accreditation as a therapist by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) by enhancing and assessing the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by BABCP as equivalent to professional status and meeting their Minimum Training Standards. The course has achieved Level 2 Accreditation which means that the course meets the training requirements for practitioner accreditation by the BABCP.

On successful completion of the course you will have an assessed portfolio of evidence designed to meet the BABCP criteria for accreditation. You will also be eligible to apply for the MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Your level of academic performance and ability to work independently will be taken into consideration in your application.

Teaching is delivered using a variety of methods including lectures, seminars, skills training and practice. You will be assessed on the basis of essays, seminar presentations, case studies, skills assessments, and written and verbal reports. The course is fully modular and therefore flexible. If work or personal circumstances require, the period of study can be extended.

Teaching staff on this course are accredited therapists with extensive experience in the field and teaching groups are small, ensuring there is close contact between tutors and students.

If you are following the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) by the independent route, the course may be appropriate as part of the required training.

The Department of Psychology at the University of Bolton was one of the first to establish a degree course in the subject of psychology and has a wealth of experience in teaching and research in the subject.

Entry requirements You should have:

a minimum of an upper second class (2.1) honours degree in a cognate discipline (with high grades in relevant modules);

a certificate in counselling skills (or equivalent);

previous experience of counselling/therapy and/or client work (normally 200 hours);

a draft portfolio of evidence of your knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to working as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist (details of this will be sent to you prior to interview or please visit the BABCP website:;

access to clients once practice modules commence (usually via arrangement of a voluntary placement);

willingness to undertake external supervision with an approved supervisor;

satisfactory references and a successful interview.

If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent). Click here to find out more about our English Foundation Programme.

Fees, funding and finance information

Home/EU Fees

No fee information is currently available for home/EU students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information.

International Fees

No fee information is currently available for international students, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information.

Additional learning opportunities and associated costs

In addition to the course fees above, there are some further costs which you may incur as a student on this course. These costs are optional and are not mandatory to your studies.

These include: external supervision (approximately 38 hours over the period of the course) typically at around £35 an hour; books and clinical resources, e.g. assessment materials.

How to Apply

You can now apply for many of our courses using our online application process. To see if you can apply online or for more information as to how to proceed with your application click on one of the links below.

Contact Us

For an informal discussion and further details about the course please contact:

Daniel Gaunt (Interim Programme Leader)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903649

For general information about the University and how to apply please contact:

Enquiry Team (University of Bolton)
Tel: +44 (0)1204 903903