Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Clinical Placement
Part-time study available
Work placement opportunity

3 good reasons to study Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at Salford


Work as a ‘reflective practitioner’ showing awareness of and engagement with wider policy


Understand and evaluate theory and practical application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)


Supplements prior therapeutic training

Course Summary

This course provides an opportunity for a variety of health care professionals to undertake a theoretical and practical course.

It has a distinctive niche in the current market as a conversion course to CBT theory and skills for the experienced health professional, and supplements prior therapeutic training. You will produce a reflective practice portfolio that may enable you to work towards your British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) practitioner accreditation, and further study at Postgraduate Diploma level 2.

Module learning outcomes have been designed inline with BABCP competencies.

Course Details

This is a one year part-time course that runs over two semesters each of 10 weeks in duration.

Year 1, Semester 1

This module provides you with the competencies outlined by the BABCP for the use of CBT skills with people who have mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression. You will practice your skills with other students in your class and you will access a placement/work setting where you can utilise your CBT skills. Assessment is by a theoretical and reflective essay and a live assessment of your CBT skills with another student.

Year 1, Semester 2

This module looks more in depth at a range of anxiety disorders such as social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder and health anxiety. It will also explore some disorders where addictive behaviour may be prevalent, such as alcohol and drug misuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, eating disorders and self harm.

Entry Requirements

  • 2.1 honours degree in psychology or other health/social care related discipline
  • or an honours degree (in any discipline, 2.2 or above) and a diploma in Counselling or its UKCP or BPS equivalent
  • In addition, applicants are required to be currently working/volunteering in health care practice either as a counsellor/psychotherapist or in a health/social care related discipline
  • You will also be required to use CBT skills within their work/voluntary placement setting and will need to access a minimum of one client and 20 hours supervised practice.

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This course is aimed at a wide range of health care professionals including podiatrists, occupational therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychological therapists and other suitably qualified professionals who work therapeutically, to implement CBT into their practice at an introductory level.

Applicant profile

You will have a degree qualification in a health and social care related discipline. You will be interested in supplementing your therapeutic work with CBT skills and you should have access to clients/patients where you can practice your CBT skills whilst on the course.



  • 3,000 word theoretical and reflective essay
  • Live assessment from peers and tutors on CBT skills
  • Reflective Practice Portfolio which includes 20 hours of supervised skills practice

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Elaine Beaumont is a part-time lecturer and a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Psychotherapist who has her own practice as well as working for the Greater Manchester Fire Service and the Priory. Her research interests include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Compassionate Based Therapy.

Vee Howard-Jones is a full-time lecturer and a Psychotherapist with 18 years experience of working with clients in NHS and multi-national settings. Her research interests are patient’s experience of anxiety provoking procedures, existential philosophy and the use of bibliotherapies.

Both Elaine and Vee are currently conducting research on how counsellors and psychotherapist integrate CBT skills into their practice.


Career Prospects

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) stipulates CBT as the therapy of choice for anxiety, depression, addictive behaviour and anxiety disorders. This course supplements counsellors, psychotherapists and health care professionals training, leading to increased employability opportunities.

Fees and Funding

Fees 2016-17

Type of StudyFee
Part-timeUK/EU: £2,750 (year 1)

Additional Costs

Additional costs may include clinical supervision of up to £210 (based on 3 sessions at £30-£70). This is a mandatory requirements however in some cases this will be incorporated in the voluntary placement. Costs are approximated based on the  current academic year. 

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.