Documents

UK/Irish qualifications

If you have completed either of the following qualifications you need to provide an academic transcript for that qualification only and a document confirming your status for GBC:

  • Undergraduate degree accredited for GBC, from a UK or Irish university    or
  • Postgraduate conversion course accredited for GBC, from a UK or Irish university

These should be attached to your application if possible (see the main Documents page for information on what to do if you do not have the documents in time). If you have applied before and provided the appropriate documents, you should be able to copy these into your current application.

If you are currently studying for one of these qualifications, please see the Exceptions section at the end of this page.

Academic transcript

You need to provide an academic transcript for your GBC-accredited qualification only. This will have been issued to you by your university and it should cover all the years of your course if possible, and at least the last two years of marks for an undergraduate degree. The transcript should include:

  • A list of the modules you took and the marks you got.
  • The overall result of your qualification eg 2:1, pass with merit etc.
  • The qualification title eg BSc in Psychology with Sociology.
  • Information to identify who took the course eg your name, date of birth etc.
  • Information to identify the university where you studied.

We do not need the following:

  • Please do not provide transcripts for any other qualifications.
  • Please do not provide a copy of your qualification certificate.

If your university cannot provide you with a transcript you will need a letter from them confirming this. If possible, this letter should come from the Central Student Records Department of your university. We suggest that you contact your university as soon as possible to give them time to check their records.

Confirmation of GBC

You need to provide a document that confirms your status for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (see the Entry Requirements section if you need further information about GBC). A document that only mentions the British Psychological Society (BPS) without confirming GBC is not sufficient.

Please provide one of the following:

  • Letter from the BPS
    If you are or have been a Graduate member of the BPS, they usually confirm that you have GBC in the document they send you when you first become a Graduate member. Please provide a copy of this document. If you have lost it and you are currently a Graduate member you can ask the BPS for another document confirming you have GBC. Please allow at least six weeks for the BPS to process your request.
  • Academic transcript
    A few universities state in the academic transcript that your qualification was accredited for GBC, but this is unusual. If your transcript includes this then you do not need to provide another document to confirm GBC. However, if the transcript only mentions the BPS and does not confirm GBC this is not sufficient.
  • Letter from your university
    This should come from the university where you studied your GBC-accredited qualification and must:
    1. identify you as the person that completed the qualification
    2. confirm that the qualification was accredited for GBC
    3. confirm that you successfully completed all the necessary modules for GBC.
    We suggest that you contact your university as soon as possible to give them time to send this to you.
Example of suitable text for a letter from a University:

"I confirm that [Student Name] completed the following course at [University Name]:

Course Title: [eg BSc in Psychology]
Period of Study: [eg 09/2011 to 07/2014]

This course was accredited at this time by the British Psychological Society, and the student successfully completed all the necessary modules for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership."

Exceptions

If you are doing a GBC-accredited degree or conversion course and you will complete your qualification next spring/summer, you do not need to provide an academic transcript or confirmation of GBC with your application. Please see our "Should I apply this year?" page for more information.

If you are doing a GBC-accredited degree or conversion course and you will complete your qualification this autumn (eg Open University students) please see our "Should I apply this year?" page for more information.

If you have UK or Irish qualifications but none of them are accredited for GBC, or you have completed the BPS Qualifying Exam, you will need to provide the same documents as applicants with international qualifications.


Irish qualifications

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the BPS recognise each other's undergraduate accreditation procedures so if your qualification makes you eligible for graduate membership of the PSI it will also have covered enough psychology for GBC.