Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip

Why choose this course

Our stimulating PGDip Psychological Intervention (CBT) course will give you comprehensive training in cognitive behavioural therapy. This course is accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) at Level 2, based on the Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) High Intensity CBT curriculum. 

You’ll benefit from a rich range of learning experiences, and have opportunities to integrate theory with practice in cognitive behavioural models. This means that when you graduate, you’ll be able to provide a high-quality psychological treatment in clinical practice.

This course is one of only a small number in the UK that accepts self-funded applicants as well as locally funded IAPT service applicants.

What you will study

Our PGDip Psychological Intervention (CBT) course is well-established and offers high-quality training for people working in psychological therapy services.

The course addresses real-world challenges with teaching on relevant service issues, clinical presentations and input from service users.

You’ll learn from masterclasses from leaders in the field of cognitive behavioural therapy, as well as from lectures, workshops, video role-plays, debates, trainee presentations, experiential and self-reflective sessions.

After you complete the course, you’ll be qualified to deliver high-quality and NICE-compliant cognitive behavioural therapy to adults with common mental health problems, including depression and anxiety disorders.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
PGDip Full-time 12 months September 2018

Professional recognition

British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
This Level 2 course is accredited by the BABCP and fulfils the BABCP’s minimum training standards, including the IAPT High Intensity CBT curriculum.

Teaching approaches

The course modules are delivered across two academic semesters with attendance at the University of Surrey required on Thursday and Friday.

There are also five week-long blocks of intensive workshops during the year. In addition to regular lectures, skills-based competencies will be developed through an innovative range of learning methods including experiential workshops, debates, presentations and video role-plays.

Weekly clinical group supervision for training cases will also be provided by members of the course team. Trainees will be expected to undertake self-directed study and will have access to the University Library and online resources.

Who should apply?

This course will give you the qualifications you need to work as a High Intensity CBT practitioner in Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. It’s also ideal if you want to be BABCP Level 2 accredited and work in other mental health services or in private practice.

To apply, you must have at least two years post-qualification mental health experience and BABCP-recognised core professional training in:

  • Arts therapy (if you’re Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered)
  • Counselling (if you’re accredited with the BACP, IACP, COSCA, or FDAP (NCAC), or you’re a registered member of the CPC)
  • Medicine (if you’re a Psychiatrist or General Practitioner, MBChB or MBBS; you’ll usually also be doing postgraduate training, with membership of MRCGP, MRCP or MRCPsych)
  • Occupational therapy (if you have a BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, MSc Occupational Therapy, or a Dip C.O.T and HCPC registered)
  • Probation services (if you have a DipPS)
  • Psychology (if you have a first degree and a MSc or PhD in an applied area such as clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, or health psychology. You’ll also need to be HCPC registered as Practitioner Psychologist – HCPC registration alone is insufficient)
  • Psychotherapy or psychotherapeutic counselling (with UKCP registration)
  • Registered nurse (if you specialise in mental health nursing (RMN), or in learning disabilities – general nursing and enrolled nursing is insufficient)
  • Social work (if you have a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), a DipSW or BA/BSc Hons Social Work)
  • Teacher of special education or needs (with a CertEd, BEd, or BA/BSc with PGCE, plus additional specialist training in special education, with additional counselling or psychotherapy training).

We do welcome applications if you don’t have a core profession, such as if you’re a psychological wellbeing practitioner or you’re a counsellor without United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) or British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation, but you must be able to meet the BABCP’s required knowledge, skills and attitudes criteria

Equal opportunities

At the University of Surrey we are committed to equality of opportunity in access to training. The University welcomes and provides support as needed for trainees with special needs.

Useful links

Course team

Director of IAPT High/Low Intensity Training Programmes

Ms Mary John

Programme Directors of High Intensity Programme

Mrs Emma Crouch

Teaching Fellows

Dr Sarfraz Jeraj
Mrs Julia Waller
Ms Rachael Orr


We have a values-based recruitment approach. The High Intensity IAPT training programme at Surrey promotes the NHS values which are enshrined within the NHS constitution. The programme team is dedicated to recruiting graduates whose individual values and behaviours align to those of the NHS.

Programme leader

CROUCH E Mrs (Psychology)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.


This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.


Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Learning and disability

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you have a disability, we encourage you to disclose your condition and register with the service so you can be appropriately supported during your studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also available.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum of two years post qualification mental health experience and a relevant Core Professional Training in applied psychology, psychiatry, nursing, counselling, psychotherapy, occupational therapy or social work.


relevant clinical experience and training demonstrated by a successful KSA portfolio.

View entry requirements by country

Selection process

Self-funded applicants

If you’re a self-funded applicant, you’ll need to have arranged a clinical placement where you can access patients with moderate to severe anxiety disorders and depression as their main presentation.

You’ll need access to the placement for two or three days a week (other than on Thursdays and Fridays) and have weekly supervision from a BABCP-accredited CBT therapist.

Please note that in addition to completing the standard online postgraduate application form, when you apply for the PG Dip in Psychological Intervention (CBT) you’ll also need to submit your CV, personal statement and copies of your degree certificates, transcripts and professional registration (if applicable).

If you’re interested in joining the next cohort as a self-funded applicant, please contact our Admissions team for further details.

Funded applicants (IAPT services) 

If you’re interested in applying for an employed position in an IAPT service as a High Intensity CBT trainee as a funded applicant, you should apply directly through a local IAPT service provider through NHS Jobs (search for Trainee High Intensity CBT Therapist under the keywords section and Surrey under the location section). For further information on each of the local IAPT service providers, please see below:

•    Centre for Psychology
•    Dorking Healthcare
•    Thinkaction
•    Mind Matters (SABP)

We hold joint interviews between the University and the local IAPT service provider.

The training programme is made up of three working days within the IAPT service, and two days at the University each week.

Please note: if you’re applying to work in an IAPT service, your training course fees will be fully funded by the NHS. You’ll also receive a salary from the IAPT service where you’ll be doing your three day a week placement over the year of the course. This is likely to be a full-time NHS band 6 or equivalent salary, as it has been in previous years, but salary details won’t be finalised until June or July. If you’re shortlisted, we’ll let you know details of the agreed salary and training grant when you’re offered an interview.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.


Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time September 2018 £9,810 To be confirmed

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2018-19 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): Unable to specify amount - Students are required to attend taught sessions at the University two days a week. Students will be expected to meet the travel expenses of commuting between their practice location and the University. 

  • Self-Funded Applicants will also have to arrange additional supervision from a BABCP Accredited Supervisor which is likely to incur additional costs.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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