Course at a glance


This diploma is designed to explore Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You will review and explore a wide range of emotional and physical health conditions in adults, young people and children. CBT focuses on how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will have an opportunity to learn CBT approach and skills
  • To review the client assessments
  • Look at different depression and anxiety
  • A review of how to use different aspects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by Oxford Learning College, in its own right; with the quality assurance of a leading awarding body (CIE Global) that hallmarks this professional qualification.

Assessment Objectives (AO)

AO: 1

Students must select and demonstrate clearly relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures.

AO: 2

Students must critically evaluate and justify a point of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument. Students can include evidence in different formats to support their written work such as documentation or images to support their course.

Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English, candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.

Accredited Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this Accredited Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Accredited Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma Course Content

The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:

Unit 1: Introduction to the CBT approach

In this unit you will learn about the background and historical information relevant to CBT, tracking its emergence and development over time. It examines how CBT is contextualised in the mental health and other therapeutic professional environments.

Unit 2: CBT skills

Within this unit you will examine core and specialist skills needed to deliver CBT effectively. Students will gain understanding of essential skills and their application. The module also addresses the different phases of exploration of clients’ problems.

Unit 3: Assessment

Through this unit you will review how students are shown essential concepts within case formulation, standardisation criteria, and elements of aims and goals. The evaluation of assessment outcomes is also examined in depth.

Unit 4: Depression and CBT

Here you will discover treatment of depression. It refers to the central nervous system, and describes the different types of depression that exist.

Unit 5: Psychological problems and CBT

In this unit you will learn conventional treatment options are also discussed. Case studies and related specific CBT programmes demonstrate appropriate skills for use with these individuals.

Unit 6: Anxiety problems and CBT

You will explore the presentation of anxiety states, focusing on biological, physical and environmental causes and associated symptoms and behaviours that may accompany these states.

Unit 7: Personality disorders and CBT

This unit is reviewing personality disorders, and focuses on associated maladaptive behaviours and how these are created and maintained. Students gain understanding of how CBT can bring positive changes.

Unit 8: Strange thoughts and beliefs and CBT

How you review explore these changes through discussion of case studies and approaches within the CBT setting. Students gain insight into the construction of thoughts and how information is processed. Skinner’s model – relating to irrational thoughts – is outlined.

Unit 9: Anger management and CBT

This will help you to gain an understanding of how learning about different types of anger, and how past experiences can influence and maintain the anger cycle. Within anger management, violent behaviour is included.

Unit 10: Unusual settings

In this final unit is reviewing the background of forensic CBT, and settings such as the criminal justice environment, the National Health Service (NHS), community therapy and other more unusual settings for CBT.


This Accredited Level 3 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

You can find further information on our level 4 Diplomas here: