Online course details

UK/EU fee

£840 (2022/23)

International fee

£840 (2022/23)

Course level

Level 6

Course credits

20 credits

Next course date

30 January 2023


10 weeks


Tutored online learning



Online course description

In this specialist course you will choose one of the contemporary approaches within CBT to focus upon, such as: Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) (using the materials created by Professor Paul Gilbert, the founder of CFT) or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). You will study the approach in some depth and consider the contribution that it has made to our understanding of human problems and distress. This is ideal for practitioners who are specialising in integrating insights and skills from CBT within their current practice.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

Course content

During this course you will all briefly study all the contemporary approaches currently available within the course. You will also choose the approach you will focus upon and will both: study this in greater depth and will then practice with aspects of the approach in videoed sessions with peers, in triads. You will offer each other feedback and also peer supervision for this practice.

The approaches in this course are likely to include CFT and MBCT. Each approach will be presented in terms of (at least):

You will also further develop your focus on yourself, your origins, your attitudes and values, prejudices and biases that influence how you work with different people and groups. You will continue to consider different aspects of your self-awareness, your personal development and reflection, and you will also make sense of integrative helping practice.

You will address what you need to do to ensure you can create: healthy boundaries (with others); self-care strategies; and, also have adequate forms of mentoring, clinical supervision, personal therapy and continuous professional development, dependent upon your practice area.  In addition, you will consider ethical principles and dilemmas and also ruptures to and repairing a helping relationship.


Offset course credits towards another qualification

Once you’ve completed this course you may be able to offset the 20 credits towards our online Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Approaches BSc (Hons) Top-Up or the online Cognitive Behavioural Studies and Skills (not a license to practice) University Advanced Diploma. This would reduce the number of modules you would need to study and the total cost of the course.

Fees and funding

2022/23 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2022 and August 2023.

UK/EU fee: £840

International fee: £840

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Course requirements

You will:

English language qualifications

IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) if you have not completed a programme at an English-speaking institution.

When applying, it is essential that you submit the following:

  1. Qualification evidence awarded in your country
  2. Transcripts of all relevant education/training
  3. NARIC evidence
  4. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.0* in all areas or equivalent qualification

If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our English for academic purposes Certificate of Credit which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Who will teach you

Lecturer Robert Maxwell-Jones

Robert Maxwell-Jones
Programme leader

Senior Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy with a focus on online learning, Robert Maxwell-Jones previously worked in the university as an Online Learning Adviser which has enabled him to develop a very student focussed approach to teaching. He teaches across a range of Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural and Clinical Supervision Programmes.

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