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Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions PG Cert

This certificate provides the formal training required as part of a student's employment within an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. Students on this programme will secure a placement working as a trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP) delivering low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions

Key information

Programme starts

March 2017, September 2017

Modes and duration

Part time: 7-9 months

Tuition fees (2017/18)

N/A (FT) N/A (PT)
N/A (FT) N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 2 December 2016
Close: 9 December 2016
Applications open on 2 December 2016 at 9am and close on 9 December 2016 at 5pm

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for this programme are available on request from the department.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or a qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant practical or work experience will be taken into account.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree information

Trainees on this programme will gain the knowledge necessary for providing low intensity interventions for clients with mild to moderate depression and anxiety in their primary healthcare work setting, together with the clinical skills essential to assess and engage clients, and to deliver interventions within a guided self-help model.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (20 credits each) which are based on the Richards and Whyte (2011) Reach Out National Curriculum for Low Intensity Interventions.

Core modules

  • Recognition: Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
  • Recovery: Evidence-based Low-Intensity Treatment with Common Mental Health Disorders
  • Respect and Reflection: Diversity and Context in Low Intensity Working

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


Not applicable.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops, skills practice, clinical seminar skills groups, directed reading and e-learning. Assessments are through a combination of written and oral assignments. Written assignments include an examination, a case report and reflective accounts. Oral assignments are role-play client sessions and supervision sessions.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions PG Cert


Places on this programme are funded by NHS Education Commissioning.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


The Postgraduate Certificate is the formal training required as part of the student's employment as an IAPT Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. Trainee PWPs are appointed at band 4 and upon successful completion of the programme will move to being qualified PWPs. It is anticipated that trainees will stay in these positions after completing the programme, working as a qualified PWP in an IAPT service.

For further details, please visit the NHS Careers website.

Options for career development include progression to senior PWP positions, or moving into related fields such as IAPT high intensity therapy, teaching, social work and clinical psychology.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL programme is run and taught by experienced practitioners in the field, and therefore a balance is achieved between the teaching of the theoretical knowledge needed and the practical skills necessary in training as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWP).

Students will receive employment and practical experience in an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Service alongside this formal training needed in order to become a qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner.

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Student / staff numbers › 185 staff including 129 postdocs › 635 taught students › 477 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences
83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Who can apply?

Applicants are required to show evidence of ability to study successfully at postgraduate level and evidence of experience in an employed or formal volunteer helping role with people with psychological, interpersonal or social problems. They should have a broad understanding of mental health issues and ability to form a good helping relationship with people with mental health problems, obtained through work or volunteer experience. Applicants should also have good communication skills, and the ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively.

Application deadlines

All applicants
9 December 2016

Applications open on 2 December 2016 at 9am and close on 9 December 2016 at 5pm

Entry to this programme is through employment with an IAPT site. Positions are co-ordinated centrally and advertised via UCL Admissions. Recruitment is organised in tranches with the application process open for a limited period only each year. Please read the IAPTS Recruitment Pack.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn how your knowledge, experience, and skills fit with the person specification for this position. Applications to this position are extremely competitive and therefore they should be well-written and tailored to this position.

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