PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Entry requirements

The PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is open to those who meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree or evidence of previous successful study at third year of undergraduate degree level
  • Have a core professional background (e.g. nursing, social work, OT, clinical or counselling psychologist, psychiatrist, BACP/CPC accredited counsellor) or meet requirements as indicated for BABCP accreditation standards (full KSA (knowledge, skills and attitudes) portfolio)
  • If without a core professional background, evidence of successfully completing a mental health training programme at undergraduate or postgraduate level (e.g. IAPT Low Intensity training, Graduate Mental Health Worker Programme)
  • KSA applicants are required to submit the full KSA portfolio prior to interview for assessment. Appointment of a training place will only be offered on assessment of this.
  • All successful KSA applicants will be required to evidence membership of a professional organization i.e. BABCP or BACP, to ensure that they have a code of professional conduct to work by prior to starting the training.
  • Every effort will be made to have a KSA representative from the University on any interview for a KSA candidate. If this is not possible, any offer of a training place will only be made subject to KSA being reviewed by a KSA representative from the University.
  • Two years clinical mental health experience including relevant experience gained during or after any professional training
  • Evidence of foundation level or sustained CPD in CBT
  • Evidence of supervised CBT practice
  • Availability to attend university as required, which will include up to four blocks of teaching of up to four days. Most teaching will be 2 days per week in conjunction with a minimum period of high intensity CBT clinical practice per week*
  • Applicants should demonstrate evidence of interpersonal skills to engage and develop working alliances with colleagues and patients
  • Applicants should show evidence of an openness to learning new knowledge and skills
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate that their values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution

*Please note: the number of days required to meet the educational objectives and skills based competences covered during the respective courses are only achievable if a minimum number of days occur in clinical practice, in addition to the required days spent within the University. Please consult national guidance for information concerning the contracts required for this workforce.


Application for HI training will be made through IAPT services recruiting HI trainees, not directly to the University (see “How to apply”). Selection processes including shortlisting and interviews are carried out jointly between IAPT services and the University. As such, successful applicants will be required to meet the requirements of the employing service’s job description and person specification and the University entry requirements listed below.

Our hope is that an Exeter trainee will maintain and advance the standards of High Intensity CBT while providing excellent service to clients, carers and colleagues within their IAPT services. In partnership with the recruiting IAPT services, we therefore want to attract and select trainees who have the required competencies, as well as being able to demonstrate that their values and behaviours align with the values of the NHS Constitution.

Equal Opportunities

Also in partnership with the recruiting services, our Programme is committed to Equal Opportunities for prospective HI trainees. We welcome trainees from diverse cultural and personal contexts, mature applicants with extensive life experience, and applicants with disabilities. Trainees will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, age, disability, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.
Candidates with disabilities are welcome to contact us to discuss the programme's capacity to meet their training needs. Please contact the Programme Administrator or the university AccessAbility department for further details.