UK/EU: £2,205
INT: £2,205
Course length
1 year of part time study
Start dates
September, February and May
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Alice Church
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University Open Day
08 September

Course code: UB9BA    Level: 6

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is designed to help people who may be experiencing a range of mental health difficulties, causing extreme distress in their emotions and behaviour.  This University Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Studies and Skills is a perfect entry level course to help you learn more about CBT.

It could be your first step toward becoming an accredited psychotherapist; this qualification alone will not give you a licence to practice but may help you decide if this is a career you wish to pursue. Alternatively as a mental health nurse, social worker or occupational therapist, you can bring an additional dimension to your role, benefiting both you and your patients. 

It will allow you entry on to the University's campus based MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, accredited by British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), which will allow you to become a highly skilled cognitive behavioural therapist.

An ideal introduction to CBT

A diverse range of people take this course, which makes for more interesting class discussions and debates. Students are typically from mental health, nursing, social work or occupational therapy backgrounds, from all over the world. You will need a related qualification, but you might be an aspiring therapist or counsellor, or already have years of experience in such a role. If you want to work towards becoming an accredited cognitive behavioural therapist, this online University Advanced Diploma will count as one of the four years of training required.

An online course, but there's plenty of opportunities to practice

You may be surprised to learn that CBT can be studied online. But through our use of specially designed, interactive teaching methods you’ll participate in virtual classrooms and online discussion forums where you can discuss and debate relevant topics with fellow online students. So in many ways it’s a ‘safe’, less daunting environment in which to learn.

Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.

What does online learning look like?

If you're thinking of studying one of our courses, you may be wondering how online learning works and what it looks like. Below are some images from one of the modules of this course. There are four screen shots for you to scroll through which show you what the learning environment and material looks like, with a brief explanation underneath.

Click on the image below to view examples.

For a more indepth experience, try our free course taster.

Video clips are important in the demonstration of therapies.
Activities are used so you can discuss and critique contemporary Psychological themes.
Quizzes are used to complement and summarize Unit information.
This demonstrates how video is used in combination with activities to provide a better understanding of disorders.