Diploma – SCQF level 11

Diploma – SCQF level 11

ACT Counselling (and CBT) Services Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Groupwork (Part-Time Course) (COSCA FULL Validation)

SCQF Level 11 – 97 credit points

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Our Counselling Diploma Courses in Glasgow are Specifically written to meet with COSCA Validation guidelines. The course is validated by COSCA who are the professional body for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland.

Each CBT training course is delivered over one full weekend each month or one day per week, with all Glasgow based counselling courses.   Our next intake is September 2024. Please see dates and timetable below for further information on our CBT courses. 


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Our Counselling Courses and CBT Diplomas

The ACT Counselling Services Diploma in CBT and Groupwork was written in response to requests and demand that the Course Team, who are all Accredited and experienced Clinicians, share their experience and expertise with those seeking to become CBT Psychotherapists. Members of the course team also hold membership and accreditation as trainers with COSCA or are working towards this.

The course has been written to provide Participants with a solid grounding in the theory and practice of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and its application within clinical settings. Furthermore, the course content aims to provide participants with a working knowledge of the policies, protocols, assessment methodology and legislation relevant to settings within which CBT is practiced in the UK. Lastly, the course team believe that CBT is an effective approach based upon empiricism. We also believe that there are other models of therapy that enhance the practice of CBT and that Counselling Skills and Counselling process are integral to participants learning. Therefore, participants will graduate as Qualified CBT Therapists and will also be schooled as an integrative practitioner.

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Entry Requirements

The minimal entry requirements for the course are an HND level qualification in Counselling Skills (COSCA Certificate or equivalent). Applicants who believe that they can meet these requirements through APL/APEL may request the necessary paperwork from the Administrator.

The Diploma is written and directed by ACT Counselling Services Academic Course Team who have enormous experience in the practice of CBT, Clinical Supervision and delivery of CBT training throughout the UK.


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Diploma Course Team:

 Ashlie McVey, Grace Markov, Claire Monaghan, Jackie Hay, and Sian Parfitt.

All of the Course Team are Accredited Psychotherapists and trainers or currently in the process of working towards this. The course is externally verified once per year by suitably qualified and experienced Academic Assessors.

Delivery of the Part-Time course will take place on one weekend per month or one day per week (20 contact hours per month) within ACT Counselling Services premises (address listed below). The course runs from September 24 until June 26 over 2 years. The premises are ideally located for participants attending either locally or from further afield.

The Course Dates and Course Timetable, are outlined below:

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Course Dates 2024 -2026

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2024 – 2026 – Thursday Course NEW

Year 1

  • 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th of September 2024
  • 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st of October 2024
  • 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th of November 2024
  • 5th, 12th, 19th of December 2024
  • 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th of January 2025 
  • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of February 2025
  • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of March 2025 
  • 3rd, 10th, of April 2025 Easter Holidays no class 17th and 24th of April 2025 (Good Friday 18th April and Easter Monday 21st April 2025)
  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th of May 2025
  • 5th, 12th, 19th of June 2025 (38 weeks)


Year 2

  • 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th of September 2025
  • 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th of October 2025
  • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of November 2025
  • 4th, 11th, 18th of December 2025
  • 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th of January 2026
  • 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, of February 2026
  • 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th of March 2026
  • 16th, 23rd, 30th of April 2026 EASTER HOLS no class 2nd and 9th April 2026 (Easter -Good friday 3rd April 2026, Easter Monday 6th April 2026)
  • 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th of May 2026
  •  4th, 11th, 18th June 2026 (38 weeks)


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2024 – 2026 – Weekend (1) Course NEW

Year 1

  • 6th, 7th, 8th of September 2024
  • 4th, 5th 6th of October 2024
  • 1st, 2nd, 3rd of November 2024
  • 6th, 7th, 8th of December 2024
  • 10th, 11th, 12th of January 2025 
  • 7th, 8th, 9th of February 2025
  • 7th, 8th, 9th of March 2025 
  • 25th, 26th and 27th of April 2025  Easter Holidays (Good Friday 18th April and Easter Monday 21st April 2025)
  • 16th, 17th, 18th of May 2025
  • 20th, 21st, 22nd of June 2025 


Year 2

  • 5th, 6th, 7th of September 2025
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th of October 2025
  • 7th, 8th, 9th of November 2025
  • 5th, 6th, 7th of December 2025
  • 9th, 10th, 11th of January 2026
  • 6th, 7th, 8th of February 2026
  • 6th, 7th, 8th of March 2026
  • 24th, 25th 26th of April 2026 EASTER HOLS move weekend (Easter -Good Friday 3rd April 2026, Easter Monday 6th April 2026)
  • 29th, 30th, 31st of May 2026 due to bank holiday weekend 25th may.  
  • 19th, 20th, 21st of June 2026


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See below for September 2024 intake

For September 2024 intake – Our application process will open on Thursday 22nd February 2024 at 9am.

Simply complete an application form and return to us by email and we will email you an essay question to answer and submit back to us within 4 weeks.

Please ensure that the information contained in your application form is detailed and extensive as selection is based on the quality of the application form and Diploma essay submission.


ACT Counselling Services Ltd,

210 Glasgow Road, Rutherglen, Glasgow, G73 1SA

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ACT Counselling Services Diploma in CBT and Groupwork - Timetable (Weekend 1):

TBC – Summer 2024

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ACT Counselling Services Diploma in CBT and Groupwork - Timetable (Weekly):

TBC – Summer 2024

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Costs for Diploma 2024:
Total cost £8250
Deposit £500 (due to secure your place once offered)
followed by 21 monthly payments of £353 (1st Sept 2024 -1st May 2026) and 1 final payment of £337 1st June 2026.
Alternatively, you can pay Y1 and Y2 in full (£4125 per academic year).  

Please note that following our Credit Rating by SQA at SCQF Level 11 in June 2019, our course is not eligible for SAAS Funding.

To book onto our CBT course in Glasgow, please complete our online booking form or download, print and return to our offices.

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