Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anxiety and Depression - Advanced Certificate

Approved by:
University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)
September and March
University Centre
Institution code:
UCAS code:
To be confirmed.

Course Details

The Advanced Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anxiety and Depression is a short course designed to assist professionals in developing a knowledge and understanding of the background, principles, models, and evidence base of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). It combines academic understanding and skills, with generic and specific work-related skills, and incorporates occupational standards for practitioners. The course also aims to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills, as well as addressing their continuing professional development needs.

This course enables mental health professionals to enhance their skills and competence in using a range of CBT interventions primarily working with people experiencing anxiety and depression. The course would be beneficial for professionals working in a broad range of health and social care settings including occupational therapists, social workers, nurses, counsellors and psychological well-being practitioners.

Assessment will take the form of essays, recorded interventions, competency assessment, role play, written reflection, presentations and case reports. Students will have access to learning resources both at Hugh Baird College and at the University of Central Lancashire. Delivery of modules will include seminars, skills workshops, presentations, group discussion, debate, case studies, reflective journals/blogs, portfolio building and independent study.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Interventions for Anxiety and Depression (40 credits) Level 5
  • Part 3 and 13 of the NMC register or other appropriate professional qualifications for other disciplines.

Entry onto the course will be via a successful interview. At the interview students will be expected to provide evidence of their Level 5 qualification and be able to discuss their work experience within the field of health/mental health and wellbeing.

Mature students may not meet the standard entry requirements but they may still be considered for a place on the course. Mature students with no qualifications may offer experience in other forms such as life experience, work experience and continued personal and professional development. All students are interviewed and selected on merit. This course offers the opportunity for mature students who may have been out of education for a while, or without traditional qualifications, to up-skill.

UK and EU Entry: Equivalent international qualifications will be considered towards meeting the general entry requirements. Additionally, EU students, for whom English is not the first language, will be required to evidence an IELTS score or 6.0 or equivalent. Equivalences include:

  • TOEFL written examination score of 550 plus a test of written English (at 4)
  • TOEFL Computer Equivalent score of 230
  • Proficiency in English (Cambridge) at Grade C or above

All students must be prepared to undergo and prove they have an enhanced DBS suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.

Twelve sessions, 9:30am - 4:00pm every two weeks.
  • Postgraduate study in the field of health/mental health and wellbeing
  • Employment

Please call our Careers Advice team on 0151 353 4444 for more information.

Primary contact:
Hayley Wilson

Secondary contact:
Fiona Botsford

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It’s never too late to learn

We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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If you have any questions, or need help at any stage, call the Retention and Progression Team on 0151 353 4444, or email

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