Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)


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Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Why Oxford Learning College 


Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a popular type of ‘talking therapy’. It has been used to help treat a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT focuses on how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing clients’ behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these. CBT works

There is a great deal of evidence to show that CBT works effectively in treating depression and anxiety disorders, bringing positive change. This approach is used across the UK in the National Health Service (NHS) and Social Services to help people with wide-ranging psycho/social/behavioural issues

This course is suitable those who are already working in healthcare and caring roles, looking to develop their knowledge and skills, or anyone with a particular interest seeking to build their skill set.


Syllabus and Module Specification


Module 1: Introduction to the CBT approach


The first module provides background and historical information relevant to CBT, tracking its emergence and development over time. It examines how CBT is contextualised in the mental health and other therapeutic professional environments. It also looks at the importance of the therapeutic relationship and how this is relevant to the delivery of positive experience within wide ranging therapy programmes.


Module 2: CBT skills


This module identifies and examines core and specialist skills needed to deliver CBT effectively. Students will gain understanding of essential skills and their application. The module also addresses the different phases of exploration of clients’ problems. Appropriate questioning techniques that facilitate helpful client interaction are described. The module also identifies the creation and maintenance of the working bond between therapists and clients.


Module 3: Assessment


This module discusses important features of client assessment. Students are shown essential concepts within case formulation, standardisation criteria, and elements of aims and goals. The evaluation of assessment outcomes is also examined in depth. The module emphasises the importance of presenting relevant information in a logical way, with clear examples and case studies to demonstrate the process.


Module 4: Depression and CBT


This module investigates how CBT can be used in the treatment of depression. It refers to the central nervous system, and describes the different types of depression that exist. It includes case studies and related programmes that help students to understand how the assessment process relates to the specific therapy.


Module 5: Psychological problems and CBT


This module examines several common psychological disorders and how the therapist can apply CBT in practical terms to their treatment. Conventional treatment options are also discussed. Case studies and related specific CBT programmes demonstrate appropriate skills for use with these individuals.


Module 6: Anxiety problems and CBT


This module highlights a range of different anxiety states, focusing on biological, physical and environmental causes and associated symptoms and behaviours that may accompany these states. The module applies the principles of CBT skills in order to facilitate positive change.


Module 7: Personality disorders and CBT


The module explores various commonly known personality disorders, and focuses on associated maladaptive behaviours and how these are created and maintained. Students gain understanding of how CBT can bring positive changes and the techniques that are involved.


Module 8: Strange thoughts and beliefs and CBT


CBT can be helpful in addressing problems with irrational thoughts and beliefs by facilitating change in both behaviour and thought patterns. This module will explore these changes through discussion of case studies and approaches within the CBT setting. Students gain insight into the construction of thoughts and how information is processed. Skinner’s model – relating to irrational thoughts – is outlined.


Module 9: Anger management and CBT


In this module, students learn about different types of anger, and how past experiences can influence and maintain the anger cycle. Within anger management, violent behaviour is included, and this module looks at how behaviour can be managed through CBT in relation to social awareness and events or thoughts that trigger anger and violence.


Module 10: Unusual settings


This module examines forensic CBT, and settings such as the criminal justice environment, the National Health Service (NHS), community therapy and other more unusual settings for CBT. There are clear examples and discussion of a range of cases to demonstrate effectiveness and skills.

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Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

To view the differences between our qualifications, please click HERE

What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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