Diploma in Cognitive Therapy


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Diploma in Cognitive Therapy

Why Oxford Learning College


There is a growing field that focusing on an individualistic perspective in therapy was not enough, and instead more effort should be made to look at the internalisation of negative thoughts, behaviour and feeling. The American Aaron Beck in the 1960s expanded on the growing Cognitive therapy field which is based on the cognitive model, which states that thoughts, feelings and behaviour are all connected, and that individuals can move toward overcoming difficulties and meeting their goals by identifying and changing unhelpful or inaccurate negative thinking, problematic behaviour, and distressing emotional responses. Therapists work with individuals to identify negative and distorted thoughts, and then begin to change their internal thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This course examines the historic influence on the modern day development and growing popularity of CT. Initially Beck developed CT to address Depression, and later included anxiety-related disorders.


Course Content

Module 1 – Carl Gustav Jung – Analytic Psychological: Part 1


A Swiss born in 1875, he began questioning religion, was highly academic and knew he was destined for great things! He developed tests based on analysis which he used on his patients, which are now precursors to the lie detector tests used today. Jung believed that problems in adults was often related to an ‘old wound’ in the psyche, and by addressing this a person could be healed, but also that some things could never be totally cured. He has influenced a range of issues contributing to psychoanalysis treatment today from using analysis, e.g. of personality and dreams, to understanding the problems due to chemical imbalance in the brain. He also worked with Freud. He was the first therapist to use Art in his work.


Module 2 – Carl Gustav Jung – Analytic Psychological: Part 2


Here we expand on the theories of Jung on the psyche. He talked about the ego, the conscience mind and also about the archetypal unconscious so things like buried or suppressed memories. He wrote about effects of past influences, what a person is born with to present influences of e.g. the mother, gender differences, and sexual inference. He believed that the most important archetype was ‘the self.’ He discusses people lying, white lies and how it is almost impossible not to lie. His work has been useful in modern tests (e.g. the Myers-Briggs Indicator test) that categorise people using characteristic traits. Today, Jung’s theories are as widely acclaimed as they are criticised.



Module 3 – Sigmund Freud – Psychoanalytical Psychology: Part 1


Born almost 20 years before Jung in Czechoslovakia (but raised in Vienna), and the favourite son of his father he accounted this to his confidence. He gained notoriety by his controversial views about the theory of sexuality during the repressive Victorian era. Freud believed that childhood was the foundation stone of development that laid down patterns for the rest of your life. Jung and Freud worked together for years, but then fell out badly due to professional differences.


Module 4 – Sigmund Freud – Psychoanalytical Psychology: Part 2


Freud’s theories were based on there being a conscious or what one is aware of at the present, preconscious (available memories) and unconscious mind. Freud believed that the unconscious is what drives and motivates, and often contains traumas and emotions. He felt that behaviour was shaped by forces over which we have no control. Freud was a medic and he developed many of his theories through his work with patients. Freud often saw his patients sitting on a couch behind them so that his presence did not distract from his analysis of them. Thus Freud started the beginning of cognitive psychotherapy as practiced today


Module 5 – Behaviourism


John B. Watson is the founder of this field of study, and he believed that behaviourism is shaped by environment. He became disillusioned by science being unable to measure the inner mind states, and so developed his own theory asking what conditions in the environment shape our behaviour. Burrhus Skinner developed theories on how subjects responded to or operated in their environment, his famous experiment involved rats pressing a lever when they wanted to be fed (conditional association). Pavlov also did similar research. Further research continued to look at how behaviour is changed and shaped.


Module 6 – Humanistic Psychology

The 1960s saw the freedom of the individual, and rejected that a person was the product of their circumstance and psyche. This type of counselling involves the individual and their experience. Maslow was tired of focus being on the negative aspect of humanity and was more interested in learning from high achievers. He built a model (Hierarch of Needs) of what it is we all need, and what deficits in this cause, and how to rectify problems associated with such lack or at least raise self-actualisation. Maslow believed it was better to live a modest life-style with little, then one of achievement and plenty but which was unhappy. He also believed that instead of simply trying to correct deficiencies, personal growth should be encouraged. Carl Rogers believed that much of our self-worth came from our childhood: parental and societal requirements. We all want a path in life, and when we cannot achieve this we develop issues and problems. Rogers counselled by not finding excuses, but making sure the client was aware of what it was they needed to address, change or adapt as they are the best to judge themself. Discussion also involves theories on the influence of life development by Erik Erikson and Levinson.


Module 7 – The Cognitive Approach


Initially Albert Ellis believed in the psychoanalysis model, but he later changed and started to address irrational beliefs in patients and started to help them adopt rational beliefs. Ellis defined cognition based on perception, awareness and judgment, and thus the way we think determines how we behave, and this is turn affects our health by leading to anxiety, stress and illness. It teaches ways of coping through activities and often prevents relapse. A catalogue of the most common ailments (from panic attacks to eating and personality disorders) are listed, and how the cognitive approach in all its guise can help combat them is discussed.


Module 8 – Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky


Piaget, born in Switzerland, was a structuralist philosopher and a Systems Theorist who started work with his wife by observing his own children. He was the first to talk about schema, how information is filed in our brain. As children develop so these schemas expand, assimilate, accommodate and reach equilibrium. He believed that we know what is right and wrong from an early on. Vygotsky, a Belorussian, believed that culture was the most important part in development, but overlapped much with Piaget though neither knew of each other’s work because of the conflicts between Russia and the West.


Module 9 – Cognition and Therapy


Cognitive psychology is one of the most dominant forms of therapy used in the UK today. It focuses on the mind and how we think. Thoughts can be positive or maladaptive and so it is important that in order to develop a healthy self concept about ourselves, we think positive thoughts. However when we are low and depressed, maladaptive thoughts come to our forethought, and it is this that needs to be tackled, and this is done by using brief therapy. The blame is put not on the individual but on the negative and maladaptive thoughts


Module 10 – Social Constructionism


Social reality arises from the world in which we live. Here we understand and measure the self, to get an idea of how they are functioning in the world. This is turn is linked to self-esteem. Psychometrics is introduced as a valid tool of measurement and analysis. As with all the fields within psychology, great controversy exists such as are the tests and analysis fair for all, for different ages, gender and cultures? So other approaches, such as using case study, or integrating methods and techniques is often the best solution.

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 Therapy

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.

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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.

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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).

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