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Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeship

Over the course of the apprenticeship, trainee Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWPs) learn to develop and apply knowledge and competency in Low-Intensity CBT (LICBT) for the treatment of patients with common mental health difficulties. Upon successful completion, apprentices will be fully qualified to work as PWPs within Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) services and eligible to apply for entry to the PWP register of the British Psychological Society. Apprentices will develop competency in assessing and providing support for evidence-based CBT self-help technologies across a range of delivery platforms.

The programme is delivered by clinical academics and researchers within Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR); Psychology. It develops apprentices’ competence to undertake a mental health assessment, support LICBT interventions, communicate effectively with patients, respond to clinical challenges and work collaboratively with other health and social care and community-based organisations.

Training is informed by the BPS accredited IAPT curriculum consisting of the following 3 modules:

  • Engagement and Assessment of Patients with Common Mental Health Problems
  • Evidence-Based Low Intensity Treatments for Common Mental Health Problems
  • Value, Diversity and Context
  • Clinical Practice

Successful completion of the programme will result in the award of the Level 6 Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Apprenticeship and a University of Exeter Graduate Certificate Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner. This will enable them to work as a fully qualified PWP within an IAPT service.


To maximise study flexibility, the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner apprenticeship is delivered through a blended learning model comprising in-person and online teaching. The teaching model incorporates:

  • Clinical educators on the course from CEDAR, bringing strong expertise in the field directly relevant to the classroom. 
  • Regular clinical skills supervision, and individual LICBT clinical practice.
  • Following the last day of the required IAPT curriculum delivery apprentices will receive regular supervision until the end point assessment.
  • Apprentices have on average a day a week ‘off the job’ training and a further day a week on average for independent ‘University directed learning’ related to the academic demands.

Approximately 20% of the Degree Apprentice’s contractual working time will be applied to studying - the model is designed to be flexible around the needs of employers and individual workloads. Delivery will combine interactive online-blended learning with the training team with face-to-face teaching focussed on competency development. There is a blended learning approach to delivery with synchronous and asynchronous learning including:

  • Lectures, Narrated Powerpoints/Panopto or live teaching via Teams.
  • Q&A sessions, blogs, tutorials and quizzes to support learning.
  • The apprentices will also take part in self-practice self-reflection sessions and role-play for development of competence.

Location of face-to-face delivery can be discussed with the LICBT Director of Portfolio.    

Our dedicated Degree Apprenticeship partnerships team liaise closely with employers throughout the programme, we can assist you with recruiting, education support and administration. Each apprentice is allocated an Academic Mentor to ensure successful programme completion with increased engagement during supervision prior to the end point assessment.

Tuition fees for this one-year programme are £7,000. 

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay these fees directly through that contribution. 

Business who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of tuition fees from Government. If you employ fewer than 50 people and recruit an 18-year-old or a care leaver, up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available. 

See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding

Employers must pay their apprentices at least a salary consistent with national legislation and cover the costs of any travel and accommodation required to attend any face-to-face teaching.