The BACP accredited Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy is a two-year part time course designed to train from beginning to professional level.

Entrance Requirements:

Those wishing to apply for the BCTC Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy must meet at least one of the following criteria;

  • A mental health background e.g., social work, mental health nurse, GP, psychiatry, HCPC registered counselling or clinical psychologist
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant area** e.g., psychology
  • Graduate with excellence from the BCTC Certificate in CT Theory and Skills

**If you have a degree but are unsure if your qualifications meet our eligibility criteria, we would advise you to submit an application so we can consider your qualifications alongside your work and life experiences, and any voluntary work you have undertaken.

Training Overview:

In Year One, CT Theory is taught 9am – 1pm and Skills from 1:30pm – 4:30pm one day each week. Briefly, trainees learn the basics of CBT and also how to work with anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, the phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder (i.e., symptoms which occur after a trauma), obsessive compulsive disorder, health anxiety, depression, grief, anger, low self esteem and ethical professional and legal issues.

Each trainee is assigned a Study Advisor for both years of the course, usually a Graduate Study Advisor who has graduated with excellence.

Year One assignments are designed to help prepare trainees for work with clients and are detailed in the BCTC Trainee Handbook.

BACP no longer requires that trainees undergo personal therapy but some trainees wish to and there are many opportunities for personal development as part of the professional training programme.

In Year Two CBT theory and skills continue one day each week. An additional day is spent in a practice placement near to where the trainee lives. Practice Placements are usually arranged by course staff and, as a third of trainees over the past 18 years have come from all over Ireland, placements are arranged across Ireland.

Year Two assignments are designed to enable trainees to practice their skills with ‘real life’ clients in placements arranged by Centre staff.

How Much Does It Cost?

Course fees are £5,490.00 per year (incl. VAT), payable as follows:

  • £250 interview fee (refunded if not offered a place)
  • £500 to secure place (non-refundable)
  • Balance payment of £4,740 (can be paid in lump sum or instalments)

Further Information

The BCTC Trainee Course Handbook outlines all aspects of the course in detail and is available to our trainees, and to those who attend for interview. If you are considering applying to the Course you are also advised to attend an Evening Training Information Evening.

Start date: Monday 6th September 2021, 9am

Closing date for September 2021 Pg Diploma applications: CLOSED

Interviews for 2021 Pg Diploma Course: CLOSED

Next Pg Diploma Course:  To be confirmed

Submit your application for Pg Dip.  Email to

We look forward to welcoming you as a student of Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre.