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

Modes and duration

  • Part-time: 7-9 months

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£*1 (FT) £*1 (PT)
£*1 (FT) £*1 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Fees note: Fee available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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


  • 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 available on the department web site Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions PG Cert


Places on this programme are funded by NHS Education Commissioning.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. 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 become a more senior PWP worker, or to pursue a career in 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.

Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Applicants are required to have worked with people who have experienced mental health problems, and have a broad understanding of mental health issues and the primary care context. Applicants should also have good communication skills, and the ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016
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. The Autumn 2015 Intake has now been recruited to with further recruitment expected in December 2015 to start in March 2016, but please keep checking this UCL website for further details as these dates may change. Please read the IAPTS Recuitment Pack used for the Autumn Intake for further details on the programme.

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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