Route 1 Entry
For those wishing to enter at Route 1 and do the three-year course, the entry requirements are below:
- A good 2:1 Honours degree or above in Psychology
- Experience of counselling for at least 6 months within mental health and social care (this could be nightline or Samaritans or similar)
- Excellent interpersonal skills (to be assessed at interview)
- A DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check is required by the University
Route 2 Entry
Route 2 is for those who currently work in a typical health or social care environment in a role which entails some level of psychotherapeutic practice. The entry requirements are below:
1. Professional background (i.e. ONE of the following:)
a) Mental Health or social care graduate professional qualification (e.g. Mental Health Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, Psychiatry, Applied Psychology or Counselling/Psychotherapy) PLUS two years full-time equivalent post qualification experience. However, the clinical roles of individuals with such qualifications and experience will be discussed at interview, and evidence of having worked therapeutically with clients (using psychological principles and approaches) will be required.
b) Applications from those who do not have a prior professional qualification as above will be considered, if they have an Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g. Psychology, Health/Social Sciences) PLUS three years full-time equivalent postgraduate work experience in a relevant professional role (e.g. in mental health, counselling or social care services), which should include relevant Continuing Professional Development (CPD) gained as part of this work experience. As in criteria a) above, the clinical roles of individuals with such qualifications and experience will be discussed at interview, and evidence of having worked therapeutically with clients (using psychological principles and approaches) will be required.
2. Performance at interview
If applicants meet the entry criteria as above, they will be invited for an interview with two members of staff from CBT Programmes. This will then give them an opportunity to discuss their clinical experience, and their reasons for wishing to become a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. Standard questions will be asked and responses rated, however, the style of the interview will be friendly and collaborative. Most importantly, this is an opportunity for applicants to ask anything they wish about the course that they are interested in, and make an informed decision about whether to study CBT at the University of Birmingham. Our feedback from applicants regarding the interview process is very positive.
We require all students on our courses to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check once a place on the course has been offered. This is done via the University and further information is given at this stage.