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Cognitive Behavioural Therapies

Application Procedure

Please ensure to read the information carefully before completing your application. This includes important information with regards to chosing your site preference (see point 12 below).

The information below is also available in printable format by clicking here.

Applications are open from 9am Monday 21 May - 23:59 Friday 8 June 2018.

How to apply

Please use either Google Chrome or Firefox as your browser. The application portal is not optimised for Internet Explorer.

Firstly, you will have to register an account on our “King’s Apply” system.

Once you have done this, you will be taken to the login page. After logging in, you will be able to search for your programme. To find the programme, in the “Programme Name” box type in Cognitive and click ‘Search.’ .


Ensure to select the programme titled “Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies (IAPT)”

Ensure to select the programme titled “Cognitive Behavioural Therapies PGDip Full-time”


  • Select the start date (only one date is available) and read the on-screen information about how to progress through the application. 
  • Please be sure to complete the following sections of the form with all relevant information (all questions with a red asterisk next to them are mandatory and you will not be able to submit without answering these):
  1. Personal details
  2. Contact details
  3. Equal opportunities
  4. Criminical convictions
  5. Fee status
    • The fee status section is mandatory for all applicants to the College and will not impact on the outcome of your application to the IAPT training. The page contains four mandatory fields (Country of birth, Country of permanent residence, Nationality, In which country do you currently live), but due to the nature of the programme you are applying to, your answers are collected for statistical purposes and will not result in you being charged fees if you are successful in gaining a place on the programme.
  6. Education
  7. Professional Qualifications
    • You will be able to enter up to 5 qualifications. Please include any relevant therapy trainings, e.g. PGCert in CBT. You must ensure to upload your certificates. Applications cannot be assessed unless your certificates are included.
  8. English language
  9. Employment history
    • You will be able to enter up to 5 sets of employment information. The ‘Nature of work’ field allows only 50 characters, but you can include further employment information within the personal statement section.

   10. Personal statement and supporting information

  • Please ensure you complete this section outlining your suitability for the post, including relevant skills, knowledge, and clinical experience. The textbox for the personal statement is limited to 4,000 characters but you can also upload an additional document continuing your statment. You may also wish to upload your personal statement as a separate document instead of using the textbox (should not exceed 3 pages).


   11. References

    • When asked to ‘Choose reference source', please select ‘Upload scanned copy of formal signed reference now.’
    • Please note that we do not require references at this stage. The system will not allow you to submit your application without reference documents.
    • Please only include contact details for two employment and one academic referee.  In some instances one employer (most recent) and one academic reference maybe be acceptable.
    • The application will allow you to enter details for two referees - please follow the instructions below about how to include the details for your third (academic) referee.
    • Please upload a word document to the system with the information and contact details for your third (academic) referee. Please upload this document for each referee section.If you do not upload a document, the system will automatically contact your referees. Documents uploaded here will not be visible to your referee, but only to your college assessor.

    12. Funding

    • Within this section you will be able to input your two Site preferences.
    • Funding for the course is provided by HEE.
    • In the Funding section, firstly click "6. Other" where you should state your site choices and banding.

      Please do this by enteringyour two site choices in the ‘Organisation Name’ field. Please separate the site choices using a semi-colon, e.g. “Barking & Dagenham; Greenwich.” This will help us to process your application more efficiently. We will endeavour to match people with their specified preferences wherever possible; We reserve the right to adjustthe location of positions based on the needs of the programme. If no site preference is stated, your application will be allocated randomly across sites.                                                                                                A full list of London IAPT services recruiting for this initiative is available on the Site Descriptions page.

 Carefully check your application before clicking 'Submit'.


To start an application, please go to our King's Apply system.

Please find the job description and person specification here.


After your application is received

In order to process your application to this programme King’s College London (the College) will collect, hold and process the personal data that you supply on the application form via the admissions portal “King’s Apply”. It is essential for us to do so in order to manage our operations effectively and provide you with teaching, research and administrative support. Applications will be shared with the other organisations that provide the training and recruitment initiative, including the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London (KCL), Royal Holloway, MIND, Addaction and the NHS Trust or Trusts that you have chosen in your application. By completing and submitting your application form you are agreeing that the College can process and share your data in this way. Applicants should note that the College will retain information on unsuccessful applications for statistical and audit purposes and in the event of a complaint or appeal.

All personal data will be processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation and College policy.


Applicants will be notified via email if they have been shortlisted for interview. Interviews unfortunately cannot be re-arranged if candidates are unavailable. Candidates must be able to take up their post in October 2018 when the training starts.


Please note that this is a joint training initiative with Royal Holloway/CNWL and a large number of NHS services, so it may take some time for applications to be processed.


Due to the high volume of interest and applicants, we are unable to respond to individual enquiries. All relevant information is contained on this website, in the job descriptions, and person specifications.


KSA applicants will need to complete the KSA process if shortlisted for interview. Information on the KSA process will be sent with the interview invitation. For further information on KSA, please refer to the BABCP website.

Due to the high volume of applications received for the IAPT PG Diploma in CBT we will not be able to provide specific feedback for unsuccessful candidates.

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