University Calendar 2011/12
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Psychology
Final Award Certificate/Diploma
Programme(s) [1] Cognitive Therapy for Adult Mental Health/Physical Health (C)
[2] Cognitive Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems (D)
[3] Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression (D)
Last modified August 2010
Reviewed in July 2011; no changes made

Reference should be made to the University's General Regulations found in Section IV and Section V (Higher Degree Regulations) of the University Calendar.

Except where an opt-out has been granted by the University (see below) the following academic regulations apply in addition to the General Regulations.

1. Admissions
1.1 The academic entrance requirement is a good degree (First or Second) in psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification from an approved Insitute of Higher Education standard or above.
1.2 Experienced mental health professionals who do not meet these requirements may be individually considered for admission on a discretionary basis.
1.3 Candidates will usually be practising mental health professionals who have opportunities to undertake appropriate clinical work during their period of study.
1.4 Candidates applying for either of the two Diplomas who do not have a recognised mental health qualification may be admitted to the programmes provided they meet the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) knowledge, skill and attitudes (KSA) criteria. Candidates' KSA portfolios must be approved prior to starting the programme.
1.5 For the PG Diploma CBT for Severe Mental Health programme, candidates should have at least one year post-qualification experience in mental health that must include knowledge and supervised practice of cognitive therapy. This will be assessed on the basis of the application papers and supervisor's reference.
1.6 Candidates for the PG Diploma for Anxiety and Depression should have some knowledge of basic CBT concepts and some experience of working within a CBT approach.
1.7 Candidates for the PG Certificate will not need prior experience but should have knowledge of CBT concepts as assessed by their written statement.
1.8 Candidates may apply for exemption from up to 40 credits of taught modules on the basis of prior certificated learning (APL) at Masters (M) level. The acceptance of such credit towards the award of a qualification shall be at the discretion of the Programme Director.
1.9 Psychology supports the University's commitment to a comprehensive policy of equal opportunities and cultural diversity. Students are selected solely on the basis of their relevant academic merits and abilities.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 The programme is part-time with a substantial time commitment to independent study and supervised clinical work in addition to attendance at the taught elements.
2.2 The minimum period of enrolment for the Diploma programme is one year but may, at the discretion of the Programme Director, be suspended for a maximum period of two years. The maximum period of candidature, including any kind of suspension or extension and any re-submissions, will be three years.
2.3 The minimum period of enrolment for the Certificate is two terms but may, at the discretion of the Programme Director, be suspended for a maximum period of two years. The maximum period of candidature, including any kind of suspension, extension and any submissions, will be two years.
2.4 The Certificate programme consists of one compulsory module of 20 CATS points and one elective module of 40 CATS points chosen from two options.

3. Progression
3.1 Candidates must pass the taught component of their programme with an overall mark of 50% or more.

4. Assessment
4.1 Assessments may include written assignments, examinations, practical work, presentations and assessment of clinical skills.
4.2 The module pass mark and overall pass mark is 50%.
4.3 All assignments within a module must be passed in order to pass that module.
4.4 Candidates must pass the therapy recordings to a level as specified in the programme handbooks.
4.5 Candidates who fail in any taught module(s) shall be referred in the failed module(s). Referred modules are re-assessed and marks are capped.
4.6 Candidates who fail at the referral stage will not have the capacity to repeat a year and shall have their programme candidature terminated.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
5.1 Candidates who have satisfied the examiners and who have accumulated the requisite number of credits shall be awarded the qualification for which they have registered.
5.2 Candidates for the degree of Diploma who fail to achieve a pass mark (even after any permitted re-assessment) may be awarded an interim exit award of postgraduate Certificate subject to satisfactory completion of modules totalling 60 CATS.
5.3 Candidates who achieve an overall average mark of 60% or above may be awarded the qualification with Merit.
5.4 Candidates who achieve an over average mark of 70% or above may be awarded the qualification with Distinction.
5.5 Candidates who complete the Certificate year but are graded 'fail' may be eligible for a certificate of attendance.
5.6 Where candidates complete all formal assignments successfully but are rated as unsatisfactory by their clinical supervisor(s), they may be required to successfully complete a further period of supervised practice before being awarded the Diploma or Certificate. This will be at the discretion of the Examination Board.
5.7 The final award is awarded by Senate on the recommendation of the Exam Board to candidates who have satisfactorily completed an approved course of study and have satisfied the assessment requirements.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
6.1 Candidates are required to complete fieldwork in the form of supervised practice as part of their course of study, applying theory to practical application. As per BABCP accreditation, candidates on this Diploma must complete 200 hours of supervised practice in order to the obtain the Diploma.
7. Other
7.1 There is a minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all teaching in each module of the programme. Candidates who fail to meet this requirement will normally be deemed to have failed the programme. However, if candidates are prevented from reaching 80% attendance through illness or other special circumstances, the Programme Director can arrange for him/her to make up the time through a programme of directed study or attendance at approved events.
7.2 In cases where the programme team consider that the candidate's performance is compromised by issues that relate to fitness to practise, the policy and procedures laid out in the Psychology department's Fitness to Practise Policy will be followed.
7.3 These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with procedures approved by Senate.

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