Programme Governance

Guidelines for Successful Completion

Successful graduation is dependent on fulfilling a number of attendance and performance requirements which are outlined below:


Information regarding attendance that must be achieved by trainees is avaliable in individual programme handbooks. However, please note that student absences can affect the quality of the learning experiences of the course. As such we do not expect you to take holidays when teaching has been scheduled.  Should exceptional circumstances for leave arise then any requests for absence must be made in writing to the Programme Leads and agreed prior to leave being taken.

Please note, that BABCP & AFT have their own requirements for training hours that must be completed by students. Failure to meet these requirements may result in failure to meet requirements for individual accreditation.

If a programme member is ill for a prolonged period of time or other unforeseen circumstances intervene to prevent attendance then the staff team will attempt to negotiate an alternative package of teaching attendance so that the programme member can still meet the requirements.  Each programme member is required to keep a log of his or her attendance at teaching sessions and completion of feedback on these sessions. They need to bring this to their termly individual tutorial where it will be reviewed by their individual tutor. For some programmes, poor attendance may result in mandatory recompletion of individual modules. More information may be found in programme handbooks.

A register to record the attendance of each programme member will be taken at the beginning of each teaching session which will reviewed by the programme lead. This register will also cover any university directed study days outside of the university. In the case you miss any of the teaching days (both within and outside of the university) through ill health it is your responsibility to inform both your employer and the programme administrator.


We expect your timekeeping on the programme to be rigorous.  Timekeeping will be monitored and your employer will be informed of any recurrent lapses, either at the start of the day or returning from breaks. We maintain vigilance around this aspect out of consideration for the member of staff delivering the teaching session and for fellow programme members.

Satisfactory Completion of Continuous Assessment Assignments (CAAs)

Programme members are required to submit their assessments at regular intervals throughout the course.  The only grounds for exemption from this stipulation are in accordance with Psychology Mitigation guidelines which are in accordance with University procedures.

The administration team will return marked academic assessments to programme members within three weeks, provided submission has taken place by the deadline.  Competency assessments will be marked and returned within four weeks due to the nature of the assessment.

You must achieve a pass mark in each of the clinical competence [Pass/Fail] and academic (50% plus at Postgraduate Taught level) assessments to pass each module.

In the event of a piece of work being graded as a fail, this will be sent to the external examiner to be reviewed.  The work will be returned to programme members, together with feedback at the stipulated return date.  The work must be resubmitted, along with the required documentation, within one month after being returned to programme members. Module marks will be capped at the pass mark (50%).

It should be noted that as a consequence of the commissioning arrangements for this training and, where relevant, your employer contractual arrangements concerning conditions of your employment with respect to successful course completion, failure of any assessments (in particular competency based) could result in your immediate termination from the programme. Under such circumstances you would not be able to complete the training and would not be awarded any academic credit for any modules with individual assessments failed.

Communication of Marks to Trainees’ Employers

IAPT training is a joint venture between the University and the trainees. As such, the University may provide the trainees’ employer with information regarding progress of their trainees and their marks. The trainee agrees that this will happen by signing the relevant section within the programme application form.

Termination of Employment

IAPT Training is a joint venture between the University as trainer and IAPT service providers as employers. Where a trainee terminates their employment or has their employment terminated, they will be required to withdraw from the training programme and will not be in a position to complete their training. In exceptional circumstances where a trainee has submitted and successfully completed modules at the point of change in circumstances then discretion may be permitted.

Adherence to guidelines of professional practice

Programme members are required to abide by guidelines of professional practice and Codes of Ethics of any professional body they may be a member of [e.g. BABCP Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics, AFT code of conduct]. Trainees found guilty of gross professional misconduct will be subject to course failure.

Maximum Duration Permitted for Completion of IAPT Training

Extenuating circumstances, mitigations, and situations in the workplace may on occasion require a trainee to request an extension to the completion date of their assessed work. Wherever possible, we will work with your Workplace Supervisor to devise a realistic time-scale for completion of the programme. However, as this is a one year programme and the University allows interruption of studies for up to a maximum of one year it is expected that all trainees will complete within 3 years.

Please see the University TQA manual for guidelines on interruptions and withdrawal from studies.