Level 3 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Delve deep into the crevices of the human psyche and navigate the mysteries of mental health. Discover the self, what it means to be conflicted, and the implications this has on a person’s health. Our Level 3 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course gives you the skills and influence to help people manage their problems. If you’ve got an interest in how the human mind works, this is the course for you!

What’s involved in this Level 3 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course?

We teach the essentials of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, from identifying negative traits to applying solutions that change a person’s mindset. Upon enrolment, you’ll learn how thoughts and actions interconnect, and how to combat the negativity that traps people in vicious cycles. As a result, you’ll identify ways to break people’s problems into bite-size chunks, focusing on the present than on previous issues. As you progress, you’ll also discover how to treat people with a variety of conditions, such as depression, drug abuse and insomnia.

What type of people can you help with a CBT qualification?

It could be a family member, a friend, even your next-door neighbour! Around the world, day-to-day, people are living with negative thoughts and problems that make life a living hell. It’s disheartening. Just switch on your television and you’ll likely encounter reality shows revealing the alarming effects of mental health conditions. For example, there’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, Britain’s Biggest Hoarders, House of Hypochondriacs.

Nowadays, mental health is a widespread concern, which is why CBT skills are more relevant than ever before. If you want to develop the knowledge to make people’s lives better, our cognitive behavioural therapy course can make a difference.

What conditions can be treated with a Diploma in CBT

The skills you’ll learn on our Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course can be used to treat a range of conditions, such as depression and anxiety. However, CBT has proven to help people who live with the following conditions:

  • Anxiety Disorders, such as hypochondria
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorders and Anger Disorders
  • Phobias, such as Aerophobia
  • Sleep Problems, such as insomnia
  • Alcohol misuse or drug abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating Disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is an ideal skill for all trades

We currently have students from nursing, teaching and social care backgrounds. In addition, we’ve learners from the voluntary sector, the clergy, human resources, as well as the police force. Furthermore, our Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course is ideal for those simply looking for a career change or to extend their current qualifications. With CBT skills on your CV, you will have the ability to treat people in any working environment.

Our Cognitive Behavioural Therapy course (CBT) delves deep into the crevices of the human psyche and navigates the mysteries of mental health.

  • Study with winners

    We’re an award-winning learning provider and have been recognised for our cutting-edge learning techniques.

  • At your own pace

    Study this course as quickly or slowly as you wish; we’ll work at a speed that suits you.

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: NCFE Customised Qualifications

With a heritage stretching back over 150 years, NCFE is one of the largest awarding bodies in the UK. Over 340,000 students were awarded certification by NCFE last year. Our NCFE Customised Qualifications are bespoke, unregulated qualifications developed to meet the needs of our learners. Completing Customised Qualifications does not lead to an OFQUAL regulated qualification, but they can be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards future study.

Study Hours

Up to 90 hours which is around 30 minutes per day for 6 months. However, additional hours may be required for reading writing and research.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course, which is more than ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for an additional fee, which also extends your tutor support.


Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

Course Outcomes





This course is fully endorsed by the ACCPH (Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists), giving you the opportunity to apply for a membership once you have completed the course, so you can start to gain practical counselling experience.

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive an official NCFE Customised Qualification and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details all of the units you have completed as part of your course). You can read more about NCFE here.

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 3

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

1: Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Understand what CBT is, its history, how it works and is used as a treatment before and after sessions with patients. You’ll identify key areas CBT can benefit but also who offers CBT services in the UK.

2: The CBT Therapist and CBT Session

In this section, you’ll recognise the characteristics of CBT therapists, look at CBT sessions in detail and how to build rapport with clients. Also, you’ll learn the importance of timekeeping and confidentiality.

3: Thinking, Feeling, and Acting

This unit illustrates how emotions, thoughts and behaviours are interconnected. You’ll be introduced to several theories and models that explain the concept of emotion. Uncover techniques that change a client’s mindset.

4: Cycle of Awareness and Motivation

Discover the stages of awareness and change, and learn how to develop motivation with specific techniques before beginning your assignment.

5: Psychiatric disorders and Problems that benefit from CBT

Gain insight of psychiatric disorders that benefit from CBT, including anxiety, phobias and depression. You’ll also acquire knowledge of behaviours and concepts, like impostor syndrome and self-sabotage.

6: Core CBT Principles

An explanation of the characteristics of CBT. You’ll be introduced to psychological triggers, confidence and strength building, self-talk, with specific detail to gratitude, resilience and cognitive distortions.

7: Techniques

Identify key CBT techniques that therapists use to treat patients. From muscle relaxation to breathing exercises, thought stopping, as well as systematic desensitisation and graded exposure to treat phobias.

8: CBT Summary and Case Studies

This final unit will summarise what CBT is all about. There are two detailed case studies read through and a whole section on setting up your own business once you graduate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for the specified duration of your course.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

ACCPH are the Professional Body for Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Clinical Hypnotherapists. We are an accredited member and preferred training provider of the ACCPH.

Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!