Programme Specification for the 2015/6 academic year

PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

1. Programme Details

Programme namePGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Programme codePDP0PSYPSY03
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2015/6
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

Are you interested in developing your knowledge and competency in various aspects related to clinical practice, leadership, supervision and research to develop your skills and competencies and enhance your career as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner? If the answer to these questions is ‘Yes’ then this may be the programme for you. This programme will expose you to the latest developments in Low Intensity CBT to place you at the very forefront of low intensity CBT practice. A strong emphasis throughout the programme is placed upon your personal and professional development. Advantages of the programme are that:

  • You will study within a vibrant, stimulating and internationally-recognised environment focussing on clinical education, development and research.

  • Your learning experience will be enriched by nationally-recognised, innovative, clinical teaching approaches, with national and international links in Low Intensity CBT.

  • You will benefit from the applied clinical practice experience of many of the clinical training staff.

  • You will focus upon applied clinical psychological research with much of it having relevance to your practice and informing service development and transformation.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

The aims of the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) are to:

  • Enable you to extend your practice as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to work effectively with an increasing diversity of patient populations requiring adaptations to practice, such as those with comorbid long term physical health conditions. 

  • Develop the knowledge and competency required to be an effective clinical supervisor, and leader.

  • Develop your knowledge of appropriate research and methodological issues to inform your practice as a scientist practitioner. 

  • Provide you with a high quality and stimulating learning experience in a supportive environment that is enriched by an internationally recognised research environment, nationally recognised innovative clinical teaching approaches and current clinical practice.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review.

Stage 1


60 credits of optional and non-condonable modules

a If you take this module as part of the 120 credits for the PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), the module will count towards your overall degree. However, if you do not take this module as part of the PGDip, you will be required to take PYCM002 as an additional module if you wish to progress to the MSc; in this case, successful completion of this module will show on your transcript but the marks will not be included in the MSc award calculation.

Optional Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research [See note a above]20Yes
PYCM003P Enhancing Practice: Broadening the Scope of Low Intensity CBT Interventions 20Yes
PYCM004 Supervising Evidence-based Psychological Therapies (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) 20Yes
PYCM010 Leadership and Sustainable Development in Health and Social Care Settings 20Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Describe the skills required to provide clinical supervision for evidence-based psychological therapies and demonstrate clinical competency
2. Adapt the low intensity clinical method to meet the needs of patients with various aspects of diversity
3. Outline models and theories associated with leadership to support sustainable change in health settings
4. Apply a range of methodological skills in health services research, including a variety of statistical and research techniques, to inform practice as a scientist practitioner
5. Apply skills of scientific writing in psychology, with a focus upon the clinical applications of psychology, through a range of methods, at a level appropriate to a PG Diploma

Knowledge and detailed informationis developed through lectures, seminars, computer assisted learning, case studies, directed research of texts and journals. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

Clinical competency is developed through clinical skills modelling, case studies, role play, supervision and self-practice/self-reflection, supported by directed research of texts and journals. Independent study and practice also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods. 

The ILOs are assessed by the following individual methods or a combination of these.

ILO1: competency assessment, reflective commentary, practice based outcomes portfolio, essay.

ILO2: Case study, oral presentation, competency assessment.

ILO3: Essay, reflective weblog.

ILO4: On-line computer assisted learning assignments, project proposal.

ILO5: Essay, reflective commentaries, project proposal

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Demonstrate skills of scientific writing and presenting results
7. Review and critically evaluate empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques
8. Review and critically evaluate published work as well as your own work
9. Explain the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application

All ILOs are developed through lectures and seminars supported by directed research of texts and journals. Independent study, directed learning and practice also form a major part of our teaching and learning methods.

The ILOs are assessed by the following individual methods or a combination of these.

ILO6: reflective commentaries, project proposal.

ILO7 and ILO8: reflective commentaries, essay, project proposal, oral presentation.

ILO9: practice outcomes document. 

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

10. Think critically, creatively and independently
11. Identify and solve complex problems demonstrating confidence and flexibility
12. Use electronic information retrieval and management tools proficiently and access information from a variety of sources
13. Work effectively on your own or as part of a team.
14. Manage your own learning (autonomy, time management, self-teaching, self-reflection, seeking and using feedback, personal responsibility, self-criticism)
15. Use supervision as a means to improve your personal effectiveness as demonstrated in the reflective commentaries.
16. Develop advanced skills in reflective practice to improve competency and stimulate ongoing personal and professional development.

All ILOs are developed through participation in lectures, seminars, use of the electronic managed learning environment, clinical skills role-play, computer assisted learning, self-practice/self-reflection, receiving supervision in the clinical and university setting. Independent study and practice, especially based upon role-play with peers, also forms a major part of our teaching and learning methods

The ILOs are assessed as part of the personal and professional portfolio and by the following individual methods, or a combination of these.

ILO10: Research proposal, practice outcomes document, reflective commentaries.

ILO11: Research proposal, practice outcomes document, competency assessment, reflective commentaries.

ILO12: Research proposal, practice outcomes document, completion of computer assisted learning assignments.

ILO13: Oral presentation.

ILO14: Research proposal, oral presentation, reflective commentary.

ILO15: Practice outcomes document, reflective commentary.

ILO16: Written reflective commentaries.

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

You must pass all the modules in the table above. The pass mark for these modules is 50% with an additional requirement to pass all individual assessments within individual modules. The competency assessments are marked using the Dreyfus system whereby PWP clinical competencies are rated on a Likert scale (0-6) across each of the sections being assessed. You must pass these assessments as described in the individual module descriptors. If you fail any modules but your mark is in the range 40-49% you will be transferred to the GradDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). If you fail any modules with a mark of less than 40% your registration as a student will be terminated with immediate effect.

Following successful completion of the PGDip, you will also be permitted to progress onto the MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Children, Young People and Families). For progression to the MSc component there is an additional requirement to pass the module PYCM002 Methodological Approaches in Psychological Therapies Research. If successful the marks will not be included in the MSc award calculation.

Programme-specific Award Rules

You are not permitted to exit with a PGCert on passing 60 credits.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Candidates entering at PGDip level will need to undertake an interview and provide evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Non-standard applications will be considered where applicants can demonstrate the required academic ability alongside existing knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace, relevant to this programme. Please contact the Programme Director for consideration, if you feel you qualify as a non-standard applicant.

To undertake the PGDip students must be employed on a paid or voluntary basis within a healthcare setting that has access to patients with depression or anxiety, and is compliant with the requirements associated with an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service (specifically in receipt of weekly case management supervision and fortnightly clinical skills supervision or its equivalent).

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

Accreditation for stage 1 (PGCert) of this programme has been granted by the BPS as meeting the standards required for accreditation as an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner programme.

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

PGDip Psychological Therapies Practice (Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

120

ECTS credits

60

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

24/02/2012

Date of last revision

23/11/2015