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PGDip Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Study Mode: Full time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: September 2021
This programme fulfils the minimum training standards of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and leads to eligibility to apply for accreditation as a cognitive behavioural therapist.
Through workshops, research projects, specialist modules and hands-on learning, you’ll gain the key knowledge and understanding you need to start your career. We will also teach you the necessary skills to support others.
On successful completion, you can also then progress on to our MSc Cognitive Behavioural Therapy if you wish to do so.
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Fees and Funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Why study this subject?

Actively promoted by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), CBT is an evidence-based therapy recommended to treat a range of mental health problems. The techniques can be applied in general medical, nursing and psychological practice. So, whether your goal is to become a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist or you want to apply the techniques in a broader context, this course gives you the skills and practical training you need to be confident in theory and practice.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

We value our partnerships within the local community, including the West London NHS Trust, one of the largest mental health providers in the UK. The Trust is responsible for well-known institutions such as Broadmoor and other clinics treating more specific illnesses, like personality disorders.

BNU offers flexible study spread over one or two years, allowing you to study alongside employment and fit things around your lifestyle. Whether you're training to build skills to apply in your current role or looking to change your career path, this course ensures you can immediately apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques in a professional setting.

What will I study?

This course demonstrates how CBT can be used effectively to tackle a diverse range of mental health disorders, from depression and panic attacks to workplace stress and anger management. You will analyse how individuals think, in order to encourage positive behavioural change.

By the time you finish the course you'll have the ability to put theory into practice. You'll begin by learning how to treat mild depression and anxiety and progress towards the treatment of more complex cases.

How will I be taught and assessed?

As well as being supported by your tutors, who are experts in their field, you'll also benefit from specialised workshops delivered by guest speakers to help bolster your understanding and contribute to your learning. Their expertise and real-world experience will emphasise how your qualification will benefit the improved mental health of others.

As well as lectures and workshops, you'll be taught through supervised practice, practical use of our psychology laboratory, you'll contribute to group presentations and have individual tutorials. You'll also have access to our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) throughout the course where you'll be able to access online resources and participate in group forum discussions with your peers. 

We encourage all of our students to spend time on personal therapy/self-reflection which is often a requirement of some placement providers to ensure any personal issues do not interfere with client work. As a practitioner, this is a helpful practice to develop and maintain throughout your professional career. 

What facilities can I use?

Our library is packed with all the information you need for your assessments and there’s plenty of room to knuckle down for some quiet study.

Whilst studying with us you will also use our BucksAnywhere web service, which provides access to many of the software applications you use for learning and studying. BucksAnywhere can be used from your own device or from a University owned PC or laptop, from any location.

Useful Information

PGDIP Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme Specification.pdf

What are the course entry requirements?

A typical offer will include a relevant degree, for example psychology, or the equivalent from an allied field.

You must also have at least two year's post-graduation work experience working with vulnerable adults and/or those with mental health problems.

It is a pre-requisite of the course that applicants have access to a clinical population to enable them to implement their CBT training into practice.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

CBT Theory & Practice: Foundation

CBT Theory & Practice: Advanced

CBT Skills: Foundation

CBT Skills: Advanced

Research & Integrated Practice

Reflective Practice

Advanced Reflective Practice

Applications of CBT

How much does it cost

Home and EU

Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022

£9,200 per year


International, Academic Year 2021-2022

£14,300 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


What are my career prospects?

Graduates are eligible to become accredited as a cognitive behavioural therapist. This is a recognised qualification sought by employers in the NHS, Education, Business and Charitable sectors.