Mental Health

Faculty of Health Sciences

PGCert/PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Secondary Care)

Postgraduate - Taught PGCert/PGDip

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Part time
PGCert/PGDip 2 years

About the course

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an increasingly popular method of psychological therapy used to treat mental and physical health problems. This course is designed for mental health professionals including nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, counsellors, doctors and social workers to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice. Studying this course will enable you to provide CBT to clients with serious mental illness and other conditions.

There are three pathways for studying this programme

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for practitioners working in secondary care (part-time 120 credits at level 7)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (route for students taking 60 academic credits at level 7). See below for permitted combinations of the award.
  • Individual module - combinations suited to staff from both secondary care mental health backgrounds or general health and social care services needing a grounding in CBT

For both the PG Diploma and PG Certificate with Clinical Practice, applicants may take a route, which allows them to focus on CBT with Psychosis. 

Information about psychological intervention competence frameworks and identified serious mental illness conditions treated in secondary care services can be found on the UCL website

The course is accredited at level 1 with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). The full PG Diploma provides all the taught components and closely supervised experience required for full accreditation with the BABCP. The course does not provide all the clinical practice hours required due to its part time status. Those wishing to progress towards full accredited practitioner status with the BABCP can access support to help with this.

For further information, please contact Tara Nelson (Course Administrator) Tel: 01482 464418. 

What you'll study

The taught component of the Postgraduate Diploma in CBT runs for 2 years. The next intake will begin in September.

Postgraduate Diploma modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Basic CBT Theories and Skills

  • Common Disorders and Processes in Severe Mental Illness

  • CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder

  • CBT for Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations in Secondary Care

  • Supervised Practice 1 (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder OR Personalist Disorders and Complex Presentations)

  • Supervised Practice 2 (Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder OR Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations)

To allow a more flexible approach to training many people choose to take their supervised practice modules after other parts of the course have been completed. This extends their training period beyond 2 years but is conducted entirely in their service context.

Teaching takes place one day per week (Weds/Thurs) from the University of Hull. Teaching days run from 9.15am-4.30pm. Each taught module runs over 10 - 12 weeks.

Top-up training – CBT for Psychosis

Suitable for qualified mental health practitioners with existing CBT training (PG Diploma or equivalent) and experience who wish to specialise further in training for CBT for Psychosis. All applicants should be able to demonstrate the ability to work academically at masters level (level 7) and should have the full support of their service and manager to attend the training and practice as a CBT therapist post training.

The top-up training route is the equivalent of the PG Cert (with practice) above. For this route, only psychosis cases and academic teaching would be taken. It is also possible to follow the PG Cert (with practice) route by choosing Personality Disorder and Complex Presentations as your taught module followed by supervised practice.

Postgraduate Certificate modules (PGCert CBT Secondary Care theory only - 60 credits)

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Basic CBT Theories and Skills

  • Common Disorders and Processes in Severe Mental Illness

Choose one from

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder

  • CBT for Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations in Secondary Care

PGCert CBT Secondary Care (with clinical practice) 60 credits (available only to those with previous CBT training to Diploma level or equivalent)

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • Supervised Practice 1

  • Supervised Practice 2

Choose one from

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • CBT for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder

  • CBT for Personality Disorders and Complex Presentations in Secondary Care

Methods of Evaluation

Assessment will take place throughout the course leading to production of an accreditation portfolio for those completing supervised practice modules. Assessment will include direct rating of clinical skills in all modules and a combination of essays, exams, case reports and reflective writing.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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"The teaching staff have helped me bring together my skills and experiences and apply them to my studies and practice. Studying at Hull gave me the chance to shine.”

Timothy Buescher, PhD Health Studies

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU (part-time): £810 (20 credits), £2,425 (60 credits), £3,640 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

Applicants from the local area accessing programmes and individual modules may be eligible for funding via the contract with the Yorkshire and the Humber Local Education and Training Board (YHLETB). There are also opportunities for self funding. Please contact the Faculty Admissions Office for further information.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

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Developed with our NHS partners, our programmes are constantly updated to reflect the very latest in health care thinking.

Our postgraduate taught options prepare professionals to deliver safe and compassionate care underpinned by the latest research and evidence.

Expert staff work with NHS clinicians to deliver programmes from 'bite-size' taster sessions to PhDs in some of the UK’s finest facilities.

Entry requirements

Those enrolling on the course should be members of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), other professional body or satisfy the BABCP KSA requirements. All candidates who apply to the course from September 2018 onwards will be expected to enrol as members of the BABCP and so endorse the ethical and professional codes of practice of the organisation. This is a new requirement to enable the course to comply with new BABCP course accreditation guidelines. 

Study is at academic level 7 so students will usually be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent academic study in a discipline connected to mental health and further vocational mental health experience. Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or those who have not completed an honours degree will be considered on an individual. The applications of students without a core professional training in mental health will be evaluated using the BABCP Knowledge Skills and Attitudes (KSA) Framework

Students will be expected to be working for a service with NHS funding which provides mental health care.  Priority will be given to those that can demonstrate that they will be able to use their skills to benefit people with serious mental illness.

Students will be expected to have obtained agreement for service release to complete their studies, and should have access to a potential CBT caseload within a clinical setting. During supervised practice modules, students will be required to access in-service CBT supervision from an accredited CBT therapist and clinical cases suitable for CBT. During the course of the supervision modules it is essential that students obtain support and agreement from their service for the regular video-recording of clinical sessions.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

This course aims to train NHS and other clinicians in evidence-based therapy, to extend knowledge of CBT theory and practice, to provide CBT to clients with serious mental illness and other conditions within secondary mental health and other care services.