Entry Requirements

All applicants must have a good honours degree in Psychology recognised by the BPS as conferring Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). (NB undergraduates will not normally meet the essential requirements of the trainee person specification.) In exceptional circumstances, candidates with a 2:2 degree may be considered if they have a higher degree as evidence of ability to complete a demanding postgraduate level programme.

Candidates should have previous supervised practical experience relevant to clinical training which demonstrates that they have the personal and intellectual resources, including writing skills, to pursue a challenging and demanding postgraduate training course. Postgraduate research experience will be an advantage. The capacity to be critical and analytical, to work in a self-motivated independent way and to set personal priorities is essential; innovative and entrepreneurial potential is highly desirable. Candidates should have a long-standing interest in clinical psychology and a strong understanding and commitment to the positive and unique contribution psychologists can make to the NHS. Excellent interpersonal skills at a level appropriate for dealing with people in distress and the ability to collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines are expected.

Candidates should note that with the Clearing House application the Relevant Experience Reference must be from your current employer.

The programme covers a large geographical area and teaching is provided at both universities so some means of being independently mobile is essential. Trainees should expect to travel for at least 2½ hours per day (between both universities and from base to placement).

Trainees whose first language is not English will be required to have a recognised English language qualification achieved no more than two years prior to admission:

  • A British Council IELTS overall minimum score of 7.5 with no element below 7.0, achieved no more than two years prior to admission.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic 73 (minimum 67).
  • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of “Pass with High Distinction”.

The selection procedure operates within the equal opportunities policies of the 2 Universities and the NHS partners, and no applicant will be discriminated against on grounds of race, religion, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation. Groups currently under-represented in clinical psychology are encouraged to apply, including individuals from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.

All applicants are subject to the same selection process and criteria regardless of which partner NHS Trust they are based in.

Please note: the only entry to the programme is through Clearing House application and subsequent selection procedure. All trainees must undertake the full programme. APL or APEL does not apply.

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