Psychological Intervention (CBT) PGDip – 2020 entry

Key information

Start date: September 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Why choose this course

On our Psychological Intervention CBT PGDip course, you’ll learn skills which will have a major influence on helping others to improve their emotional and mental wellbeing. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) helps people to understand and manage their own thoughts and feelings in their daily lives. Our PGDip will inspire you with in-depth, comprehensive training in this field.

Our course is accredited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies at Level 2. It is one of a small number in the UK which accepts self-funded applicants as well as locally funded applicants associated with Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.

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What you will study

Our PGDip Psychological Intervention (CBT) course provides you with a powerful platform to grow a career within this sphere of psychology.

We will challenge you with current issues in therapeutic practice, while you benefit from clinical presentations and input from people using CBT services. You will be exposed to a range of learning experiences, ensuring theory is integrated with practice. Upon completion of the course, you will be a confident individual able to provide effective, informed psychological treatment.

It will also qualify you to provide CBT treatment in line with the high standards set by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. You’ll be well equipped to work with adults presenting a variety of common mental health disorders.

Teaching approaches

Your modules will be delivered across two academic semesters with attendance at the University of Surrey required on Thursday and Friday.

You will also have seven week-long blocks of intensive, varied workshops during the year. In addition to insightful lectures, we will also motivate and inspire you to develop your skills through other tried and tested learning methods. You can expect experiential workshops, debates, presentations, video role-plays and more. 

During your studies, your will benefit from weekly clinical group supervisions provided by the course team. You will also be expected to take part in self-directed study, giving you access to the informative, useful materials within our Library and online databases. 

Who should apply?

You should apply to this course if you are interested in training in CBT and have a background in mental health. You normally need to have a British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) approved core profession to apply.

This course will give you the qualifications you need to work as a High Intensity CBT practitioner in Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies services. This allows you to work in other mental health services or in private practice.

We do welcome applications who don’t have a core profession, but still have significant mental health experience. It could be that you’re a psychological wellbeing practitioner or a counsellor without accreditation for the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy or the BABCP. However, you must meet the BABCP’s criteria for knowledge, skills and attitude. Please see the BABCP website for details on approved Core Professions and for details on meeting the criteria for the knowledge, skills and attitude route.

Equal opportunities

Surrey are committed to equality of opportunity and access to training. We welcome and provide support as needed for trainees with special needs.

Useful links

Course team

Director of IAPT High/Low Intensity Training Programmes

Ms Mary John

Programme Director of High Intensity Programme

Mrs Emma Crouch

Teaching Fellows


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.

Professional recognition

PGDip - British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychologies (BABCP)
Accredited by BABCP as providing all the necessary training so that on graduation from Level 2 courses, individuals will have received the training required to fulfil BABCP's Minimum Training Standards.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.


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

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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:


This course begins one month before the University semester, with block teaching weeks which are timetabled 9:00am to 5:00pm. You’ll be provided with a timetable at the beginning of the course.

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).

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree.

You must have 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, or relevant clinical experience and training demonstrated by a successful KSA portfolio to apply.

All offers will be made subject to receiving evidence of health screening and DBS checks provided by your employer.

This is a regulated course that requires declaration of criminal convictions at the application stage, please visit our criminal convictions webpage for more information.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

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:

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.


Start date: September 2020

Full-time - 1 year

UK/EU To be confirmed

Overseas To be confirmed

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 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.
  • Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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. 

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


You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.

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.

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 an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.


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.

Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21.  Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

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