Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Cognitive Behavioural Practice

The main aim of this programme is to inform practice with an increased understanding of mental health issues, and an education in basic cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) concepts, methods and skills relevant to levels 1 and 2 of a stepped care model (low-intensity psychological interventions) and for mental health and in primary care or social care settings.

Entry requirements

All applicants should have a 2.2 Honours degree (minimum mark 57 per cent) or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the university; evidence of working with people who have experienced a mental health problem; a broad understanding of mental health issues; good written and verbal communication skills; good organisational and computer skills. Applicants who do not meet the above academic requirements will be considered on an individual basis using the university's Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the last 2 years, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

Course modules

Modules include: Evidence-based, low-intensity treatments for common mental health disorders; introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) theories and methods; mental health awareness, engagement and assessment; providing psychological interventions at levels 1 and 2 in a stepped care model.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: Written assignments; role plays to demonstrate skills are videotaped; a critical reflection on performance will be required.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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