University Calendar 2014/15
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social and Human Sciences

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Academic Unit Psychology
Final Award Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
Programme(s) [1] PG Cert in CBT Theory
[2] PG Cert in CBT (Introductory level practice)
[3] PG Cert in CBT (Advanced level practice)
[4] PG Dip in CBT for Anxiety and Depression (IAPT)
[5] PG Dip in CBT (Advanced level practice)
Last modified July 2014

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 For admission to any programme leading to the Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma, students:
  1. must satisfy the Regulations for Admission to Degree Programmes as specified in Section IV of the University Calendar;

  2. must satisfy the necessary programme requirements as set out in the programme specification and outlined below.
1.2 The academic entrance requirement is a good honours degree (First or Upper Second) in psychology, medicine, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, or an equivalent professional qualification from an approved Institute of Higher Education standard or above.
1.3 Experienced mental health professionals who do not meet these requirements may be individually considered for admission on a discretionary basis.
1.4 Students will usually be practising mental health professionals who have opportunities to undertake appropriate clinical work during their period of study.
1.5 Students 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.
1.6 Students for the PG Diploma should have some knowledge of basic CBT concepts and some experience of working within a CBT approach. Supervised clinical practice is highly desirable, particularly for candidates who choose to specialise in more severe mental health problems.
1.7 Students for the PG Certificate (Introductory level practice) will not need prior experience but should have knowledge of CBT concepts as assessed by their written statement. Students for the PG Certificate (Advanced level practice) will already have significant CBT experience and/or a PG Diploma in CBT.
1.8 Students may apply for exemption from up to 20 ECTS/40 CATS 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 All individuals are selected and treated on their relative merits and abilities in line with the University's Equal Opportunities Policy. Disabled applicants will be treated according to the same procedure as any other applicant with the added involvement of the Enabling Services Office to assess their needs.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 All modules in the programmes are credit rated in accordance with the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme as specified in Section IV of the University Calendar.
2.2 The programme is modular. Students may choose from a range of modules with up to 30 ECTS/60 CATS points for the Postgraduate Certificate or up to 60 ECTS/120 CATS points for the Postgraduate Diploma. Some programmes require core modules and the IAPT programme has a fixed pathway where all modules are core. As well as attendance at taught elements, all programmes require a substantial time commitment to independent study, and all bar the theory-only Certificate require a commitment to supervised clinical work.
2.3 The minimum period of enrolment for the Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma programme is one year with a maximum enrolment period of three years. At the discretion of the Programme Co-ordinator a student may be granted longer than three years to complete should circumstances warrant this.

3. Progression
3.1 Students must satisfy the regulations governing the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Standalone Masters Programmesas set out in Section IV of the University Calendar. In addition, the following exceptions apply:
  1. Students must pass the taught component of their programme with a minimum overall mark of 50% or more, and must pass supervision modules at the required standard.

  2. A student failing to meet the pass mark will be provided with the opportunity to resubmit the failed assessments to obtain the required pass (known as referral). A student failing to pass at referral will be provided with the opportunity to repeat the module (or in the case of more than one fail) to repeat the year (known as repeat). Failure following repeat will result in termination of the programme of study

4. Assessment
4.1 The performance of students shall be assessed by the Board of Examiners in accordance with the regulations governing the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Standalone Masters Programmes as set out in Section IV of the University Calendar.
4.2 Assessments may include written assignments, examinations, practical work, presentations and assessment of clinical skills.
4.3 All assignments within a module must be passed in order to pass that module.
4.4 Assessment and Progression: You must achieve a mark of at least 50% in all professional modules plus an overall average of 50% to pass. This is with the exception of specified CBT supervision modules where the pass mark is 55% (reflecting the requirement to achieve a minimum score of 36 on the CTS-R). If you achieve an average score of 70% or above, you will be awarded a distinction.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
5.1 Qualifications are awarded according to the regulations governing the Progression, Determination and Classification of Results: Standalone Masters Programmes as set out in Section IV of the University Calendar.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
6.1 Students are required to complete supervised practice as part of their course of study, applying theory to practical application. Students must complete the specified number of supervised clinical hours as indicated in the programme handbook in line with BABCP requirements.
7. Other
7.1 Students are required to satisfy the academic and the Attendance and Completion of Programme Requirements as set out in section IV of the University calendar, the programme specification and the programme handbook. Those failing to do so may have their course terminated (see University Calendar Section IV: Transfer, Suspension, Withdrawal and Termination).
7.2 There is a minimum attendance requirement of 80% of all teaching in each module of the programme. Students who fail to meet this requirement will normally be deemed to have failed the programme. However, if students are prevented from reaching 80% attendance through illness or other special circumstances, the Programme Co-ordinator may exercise discretion to enable the student to make up the time through a programme of directed study or attendance at approved events.
7.3 In cases where a student’s behaviour, health and/or professional conduct raises concern, the procedures associated with the University’s Fitness to Practice Policy will be invoked.
7.4 These regulations may be revised during the student's period of registration in accordance with procedures approved by Senate.

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