Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
B946
Mode of Study
Full-time
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Date
September 2022, March 2023, September 2023, March 2024

Overview

If you have a DipHE in counselling (or an equivalent Level 5 counselling qualification), you can top it up to a Bachelor's degree on this 1-year course.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a technique used to treat depression, anxiety, stress and phobias by helping individuals to understand the way they perceive things that happen to them and around them. It seeks to identify and address negative thoughts that can lead to patterns of negative behaviour. 

You'll learn the latest trends and developments in CBT and how to apply them to your practice, with professional development support in the form of workshops, supervision and networking. You'll also complete a research project on a topic that matches your interests and ambitions.

If you're in employment, this course can fit around your working week, with timetabled teaching taking place 1 day a week, workshops on 6 Saturdays throughout the course, and occasional events in the evenings and at weekends.

After the course, you could work as a cognitive behavioural therapist in areas such as education, the police service, the prison service or the voluntary sector. The advanced skills and experience you gain will allow you to work with a wider variety of clients with more complex needs.

Course highlights

  • Learn advanced cognitive behavioural therapy skills, building on the knowledge you developed on your DipHE
  • Develop your research skills by undertaking an in-depth research project that matches your interests and career ambitions
  • Apply your knowledge and skills with at least 100 hours of supervised counselling on a placement in the community
  • Learn from experienced, industry-trained staff who've worked in organisations or run their own private practices
  • Study at Eastleigh College with access to support and services at the University of Portsmouth 
  • Apply for student membership of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and get access to member resources including journal subscriptions, free courses and job boards while you study

Alternative counselling and therapy courses

Not sure this course is right for you? Take a look at our other counselling and therapy courses to compare your options

If you'd like to top-up your DipHE or equivalent Level 5 counselling qualification with a specialism in Gestalt Counselling, take a look at our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Top-up) degree.

If you'd like to top-up your DipHE or equivalent Level 5 counselling qualification with a specialism in Humanistic Counselling, take a look at our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Top-up) degree.

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Top-up) entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • DipHE Level 5 qualification in counselling (with proof of completing 100 hours work placement in a counselling environment) from the following pathways:
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Gestalt Counselling
    • Humanistic Counselling
  • All applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course.

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Qualifications or experience
  • DipHE Level 5 qualification in counselling (with proof of completing 100 hours work placement in a counselling environment) from the following pathways:
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Gestalt Counselling
    • Humanistic Counselling
  • All applicants must pass Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before starting the course

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Careers and opportunities

Increased awareness in society about mental health has boosted the demand for counselling and therapy services.

As a counsellor specialising in cognitive behavioural therapy, you can have a significant positive impact on people's health and wellbeing, and help take the pressure off other health services such as GPs and hospitals.

Public, private and charity sector settings you could work in after the course include:

  • Education
  • Alcohol and drug services
  • Eating disorder services
  • Mental health services
  • GPs
  • Police and prison services

When you complete the course successfully, you can sit the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Certificate of Proficiency to become a registered member of the BACP.

Supervised counselling placement

You'll complete 100 hours on a supervised counselling placement as part of your course.

Recent students have taken placements at CRUSE Bereavement Care, Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (PARCS), Yellow Door (counselling for sexual and domestic abuse victims) and other counselling services.

We'll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You'll get mentoring and support throughout, including regular supervision and skills clinics every other week. You'll enter into a written contract with the placement provider and Eastleigh College and your practical counselling skills will be assessed by case study and a coursework portfolio.

All placements provided are evaluated to ensure the setting provides a suitable learning environment for you.

​What you'll study

On this top-up course, you'll study modules worth 120 credits.

Modules

Core modules
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Advanced Skills – 40 credits
  • Research Project – 40 credits
  • Professional Practice Placement – 40 credits

There are no optional modules on this course.

Changes to course content

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, course content is revised and regularly reviewed.  This may result in changes being made in order to reflect developments in research, learning from practice and changes in policy at both national and local levels.

Teaching

You'll gain skills, knowledge and competence through learning methods that include:

  • Work-based learning
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Saturday workshops
  • Skills clinics
  • Personal development groups
  • Tutorials
  • Module handbooks
  • A virtual learning environment (VLE)

You'll also complete a minimum of 30-hours personal therapy. You'll demonstrate your personal learning and awareness from this process in a learning journal. We recommend you budget £750–£1500 a year for your personal therapy.

Teaching staff include experienced experts who have industry experience in paid counselling roles in organisations, or who run their own private practice.

How you're assessed

On this counselling diploma, you'll be assessed through:

  • Essays
  • Live skills assessments (role play scenarios)
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • Case studies
  • Personal learning journals
  • Professional requirements (a 'Fitness to Practice' assessment)
  • Supervised work-based learning

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

Feedback is central to this course. You'll get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future, as well as on your application for the 'Fitness to Practice' assessment. You'll also practice giving feedback during live skills assessments, where you'll receive feedback from your peers, as well as the assessment tutor.

How you'll spend your time

We recommend you spend at least 28 hours a week studying for your degree.

  • You'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as workshops and tutorials for 1 day a week.
  • You'll spend about 20 hours a week on independent study such as research into areas of specific interests, maintaining your learning journal, personal therapy, and on placement.

Teaching days and times

Timetabled teaching takes place 1 day a week, which will be on Fridays from 8.30am–4.30pm in 2021 and 2022.

You'll also attend workshops on 6 Saturdays throughout the course. You may occasionally need to go to University and other course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Term times

September start

The academic year runs from September to May with breaks at Christmas and Easter.

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2

March start

The academic year runs from March to February with breaks at Christmas and Easter.

  • March to July – teaching block 1
  • September to February – teaching block 2

You can find more detailed information on the Eastleigh College 'Key dates' webpage.

Supporting your learning

Even though you'll study at one of our partner colleges, you'll still be a student of the University of Portsmouth.

You'll have access to support via video, phone and face-to-face from University teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following University services:

Types of support

As well as support from faculty staff, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees 

March 2022 start

  • UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250
  • EU residents – £9,250 (including Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £17,600

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

You'll need to become a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Student membership costs £82 a year.

You need to attend 30-hours of personal therapy on this course. We recommend you budget £750–£1500 a year for your personal therapy.

You'll do at least 100 hours of supervised work placement, so we recommend you budget for travel expenses to and from the placement.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.

Apply

How to apply

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Applying through UCAS

To apply through UCAS, you'll need:

  • the UCAS code – B946
  • our institution code – P80
  • the campus name – Eastleigh College
  • the campus code – E

Applying directly

To apply directly, use our online form:

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Applying through UCAS

To apply through UCAS, you'll need:

  • the UCAS code – B946
  • our institution code – P80
  • the campus name – Eastleigh College
  • the campus code – E

Applying directly

To apply directly, use our online form:

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.