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Postgraduate Taught

PGDip/GradDip Enhanced Psychological Therapies Practice
(Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

UCAS code 1234
Duration 12 months part time
Entry year 2023 (September start)
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Psychology
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Applicants must have a PGCert or GradCert Psychological Therapies Practice and be employed within IAPT services

Contextual offers


This programme will:

  • Provide you with a unique opportunity to enhance practice in low intensity CBT and support your career progression into more senior PWP roles.
  • Enable you to develop knowledge, competence, and clinical practice in areas of development for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme and will be responsive to areas of need identified by services.
  • Contribute to personal and professional development goals commonly related to senior PWP roles and areas of importance for services.
  • Enable you to extend your GradCert/PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) into a GradDip/PGDip.
  • Provide you with a high-quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally-recognised research environment, nationally-recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical and professional practice.

Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR)

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Programme administrator: James Lapraik


Phone: +44 1392 723122

This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.

Extend, enhance, and adapt evidence-based practice to effectively work with an increasing diversity of patient populations and clinical presentations

Develop knowledge and competency required to be an effective clinical supervisor

Dedicated training facilities equipped with video and audio recording

A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development

Entry requirements


The Grad/PGDip Enhanced Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is only open to people employed within IAPT services with their places funded by Health Education England.


This programme will enable you to extend your PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) into a PGDip. You will therefore be required to have successfully completed the PGCert Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programmetaken within CEDAR, or an equivalent HEE nationally commissioned IAPT programme accredited by the British Psychological Society

You will need to be at least one year post-qualifying as a PWP prior to attendance.

You may be permitted to enter this programme if you have previously taken the BSc Applied Psychology (Clinical) at the University of Exeter; in this case you will need to make a specific application for Accredited Prior 'Experiential' Learning (APEL) demonstrating how you meet the requirements of the PGCert before such APEL can be granted. Any queries about APEL should, in the first instance, be made to the Programme Director.

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

This programme offers Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners the opportunity to develop: 

  • Knowledge and competency required to be an effective clinical supervisor.
  • Understanding of leadership skills relevant to Senior PWP roles and in enhancing Step 2 IAPT service delivery
  • Clinical practice to effectively work with an increasing diversity of patient populations and clinical presentations.
  • Knowledge of evidence-based practice to appreciate ways to apply research into clinical practice, service development and implementation.

Three out of four available modules must be completed. Consistent with supervision responsibilities taken on by Senior PWPs, the Supervision module is compulsory.

However, to enable PWPs to develop in a way consistent with service preference, need and future development, there is the choice of an additional two from three 20-credit modules.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

How to apply

Applications to this programme may only be made through your employing IAPT service and not directly through the University of Exeter. We will undertake a brief interview with all proposed applicants to ensure awareness of course demands.  


Places are funded by Health Education England (HEE).


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

Teaching consists of full days of lectures, clinical and professional skills development, and small group discussions. The programme also includes shorter sessions of supervision of supervision and individual coaching. Guided independent study is also expected to take place.

Assessments will include a competency assessment, clinical practice portfolios, reflective essays, presentations and a service-level evaluation proposal. Details of assessment criteria may be found in the module descriptors for the programme.


This programme provides a unique opportunity to receive in-depth training, specifically tailored to the Senior PWP role. In this context, the word ‘Senior’ can refer to a number of different job roles within an IAPT service, like Senior PWP, specialist PWP, PWP Team Lead, PWP Service Lead and more.

The course focuses on supervisory practice, developing your skills and confidence as a leader and enhanced evidence-based practice in low intensity CBT, with the aim of supporting career progression within Senior PWP roles. Students will have an opportunity to develop knowledge and competence in key areas of the low-intensity role and think about how to translate this effectively into clinical practice, as well as supporting their teams and less experienced PWPs to do the same.

It supports students to utilise their unique skills more effectively and foster both professional and personal development. Students will have key skills developed to contribute to improvement and innovation within their service and be responsive with taking action to address key areas of need identified at service, regional and national levels.