Cognitive Behavioural Therapy CBT Level 4

  • Course Code: OSC581
  • Award Level 4, Similar difficulty to - NVQ Level 4

Pursue your career as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, from home!

  • The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recommends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as an effective treatment of many mental health conditions.
  • CBT uses the approach of assessing the patient’s problem rather than the symptoms.
  • Discover the different cognitive techniques used to treat specific emotional issues.
  • CBT aims to replace negative feelings with positive ones to create an emotional balance.

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or online, so it couldn't be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Boost your career opportunities and equip yourself with the skills you need for your long term success. Home learning is simple and stress-free, so enrol with us today!

Course Content

Unit 1: Review of CBT Skills and Theory

  • Aims of CBT
  • Basic cognitive principles
  • The triadic structure of CBT
  • The therapeutic relationship
  • CBT Delivery
  • CBT Assessment
  • Core skills

Unit 2: Case Conceptualisation and Measurement

  • Describing problems
  • Past history
  • Formulation
  • Measurement
  • The Socratic Method
  • The client as therapist
  • Models of memory

Unit 3: Physical Techniques and Behavioural Experiments

  • Behaviour experiments
  • Discussion about methods
  • Planned BEs
  • Physical Techniques

Unit 4: Depression and Anxiety Disorders: Models and Protocols

  • Depression
  • Therapeutic considerations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias

Unit 5: Wider Developments in CBT Practice

  • Eating Disorders 
  • Trauma
  • Anger
  • Psychosis
  • Relationships
  • Substance misuse
  • Common core themes
  • Alternative methods of delivery
  • Group CBT
  • Schemata
  • Compassion-based CBT
  • Mindfulness-based CBT
  • Group work

Unit 6: Evaluating CBT Practice

  • Why evaluate CBT?
  • Using statistics
  • Questionnaires
  • Evaluation of services
  • Supervision


This course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

Course Duration

This course will take approximately 180 hours to complete. You can start at any time and there is no time limit for completion, enabling you to study at your own pace.

Study Method

This course is designed for distance learning at home or at work. Students will receive a course pack and study bag containing all study materials, as well as full tutor support by email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a level 4 NCFE certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 4 on The Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (where level 2 and level 3 courses are similar in difficulty to GCSEs and A-Levels, respectively, and where level 4 is slightly more challenging than an A-Level).

The training courses have been designed specifically to meet the needs of learners who prefer to study from home. The course measurable learning outcomes have been benchmarked at Level 4 (using Ofqual's QCF level descriptors) to allow you to consider the depth of study, difficulty, and level of achievement involved. This course has been accredited under NCFE IIQ Licence by Open Study College which has been approved as an NCFE Investing in Quality (IIQ) centre to give formal recognition to courses.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. These are Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator in England); the Welsh Government and CCEA (the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment) in Northern Ireland.

Course Questions and Answers

Q: What skills do I need to enrol onto this course?

No previous knowledge is mandatory for enrolling onto this course. However, you may wish to study Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Level 3 before progressing to Level 4, particularly if you have no prior experience of the subject.

Q: What is included in the cost of my course?

  • Study guide
  • Personal tutor support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • Student record bag
  • Pen

Q: Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

Q: What do I do if I have any further questions?

For further information, please contact us.

Reviews for this course

"I find the course fascinating"
Louise Bradshaw-evans, County Tipperary

I am a fully qualified Beauty and Body therapist CIBTAC AND CIDESCO and also CIBTAC qualified as a Reflexologist (a Member of the Association of Reflexologists) and qualified in Indian Head and Hot Stone Massage, Reiki and Aromatherapy.  I make my own products and run my own salon. 

I was a Licensed Conveyancer and a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Execs specialisiing in Personal Injury work when I lived in the Uk.  I presently live in Eire. 

I was advised that I could skip the foundation course and go straight into the level 4 course.  However, I have of course to do a fair bit of research and reading up before I personally feel comfortable dealing with the modules and this is why I have delayed dealing with the work. 

I think, in hindsight, it might have been adviseable to do the level 3 course first to ease me into the level four.  I find the course fascinating and believe it will be of great help to me in my work with my clients who could benefit from the tools that CBT makes available. 

The course for level four is easy enough to understand I just need to fill in the back ground first. 

thank you


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