FAQ

Applicants - general questions

1.  When can I apply?

2.  When do the courses start?

3.  Can I defer starting the course?

4.  Are there any part-time courses or distance learning courses?

5.  How can I get a copy of the Alternative Handbook?

Funding

6.  Are the courses funded?

7.  Can I fund myself?

8.  How much are the course fees?

Entry requirements

9.  What are the entry requirements?

10.  Is the experience I have relevant?

11.  What is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)?

12.  What grades do I need eg can I apply with a 2:2?

13.  Are there any residence requirements?

References and documents

14.  Who should I ask to be my referees?

15.  How will you contact my referees?

16.  Have you received my references?

17.  What documents do I need to provide with my application?

After you apply

18.  How do I change my contact details?

19.  What does "application released to course centre" mean?

20.  Do I need to do a short-listing test and when will it be?

21.  When will I hear if I have an interview?

22.  When are the interviews?

23.  If I am offered a place how do I respond?

24.  How do reserve lists for offers of places work?




1.  When can I apply?

Applications open during September and the closing date is in late November each year. This is for courses starting the following autumn. Please see the Dates to Remember section for specific dates.


2.  When do the courses start?

The exact starting date varies from centre to centre but all courses start between early September and mid-October and have only one intake per academic year.


3.  Can I defer starting the course?

No, there is no system of deferred entry. If you do not take up your place you will normally be expected to re-apply the following year. Please see the Dates to Remember section for more information.


4.  Are there any part-time courses or distance learning courses?

No, there are no part-time courses or distance learning courses: all the courses are full-time. Please see the Courses section for more information.


5.  How can I get a copy of the Alternative Handbook?

This offers a consumer's view of each course, updated each year, that can help guide applicants' decisions on where to apply. You can find this in the BPS Shop. Please follow the link and search for "Alternative Handbook".


6.  Are the courses funded?

The majority of people currently training as clinical psychologists are employed by the NHS. These arrangements may be amended for candidates entering training in 2018, but this is unclear at this stage. Please see the Funding page for more information.


7.  Can I fund myself?

Yes, there are self-funded places available at some courses. For these self-funded places you will need to provide your own funding. Please see the Funding page and the International Students section for more information.


8.  How much are the course fees?

The NHS provides the funding for the majority of people currently training as clinical psychologists, and this usually includes paying the course fees. (These arrangements may be amended for candidates entering training in 2018, but this is unclear at this stage. Please see the Funding page for more information.)

For self-funded places you will need to provide your own funding, which includes paying the fees. Please check the information provided by the courses concerned to see how much their fees for self-funded places are (see the International Students section for links to their information).


9.  What are the entry requirements?

You need Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership - GBC (see FAQ 11 below), good academic grades (see FAQ 12 below), and some relevant experience (see FAQ 10 below). Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information, and see the Courses section for the entry requirements for each course.


10.  Is the experience I have relevant?

We cannot give specific advice about your experience because we do not make decisions about who is successful at each stage of the selection process: this is done by the courses. Generally, work with a client group that clinical psychologists work with is considered relevant. Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information on relevant experience.


11.  What is Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)?

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) ensures that, before anyone can start a clinical psychology course, they have already studied psychology in sufficient breadth and depth. Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information.


12.  What grades do I need eg can I apply with a 2:2?

Courses are primarily looking for applicants with a 1st class honours or a "good" 2:1. Some courses consider applicants with a 2:2 or a "low" 2:1 but they often ask for further evidence of academic ability eg an academically demanding masters degree. Please see the Courses section for the entry requirements for each course.


13.  Are there any residence requirements?

Yes, the majority of courses have residence requirements that applicants must meet to be considered. The residence requirements are based on fees status and/or on the NHS Bursary scheme. Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information on residence requirements.


14.  Who should I ask to be my referees?

You need two references: one academic and one relevant experience. The academic referee should preferably be from an academic institution where you have studied and have direct experience of your academic performance. The experience referee should have direct experience of your performance in a relevant clinical and/or research context and should be your current employer where possible. Please see the References section for more information.


15.  How will you contact my referees?

When you give your referees' contact details in your application you will be asked to confirm that we can contact them. When you click the Contact My Referees button this starts the process of emailing your referees to request the references. Please see the References section for more information.


16.  Have you received my references?

We will email you when each of your references is submitted, and you can check the status of your references by logging in to your application. Your email software may treat our emails as junk or spam, so please check your Junk Email folder and/or Spam Email folder regularly. Please see the References section for more information.


17.  What documents do I need to provide with my application?

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 Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (see FAQ 11 above if you need information about 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

Please see the Documents section for more information about documents relating to UK/Irish qualifications.

If you studied in another country, or if English is not your first language, or if you do not have UK/European nationality, please see the FAQs for International Applicants.


18.  How do I change my contact details?

If any of your contact details change you can login to your application and update the Your Details section. Please see the After You Apply section for more information.


19.  What does "application released to course centre" mean?

When we release your application this gives the courses access to it to begin their short-listing process. Please see the After You Apply section for more information.


20.  Do I need to do a short-listing test and when will it be?

Some courses use computerised or written tests as part of their short-listing process and these are usually held from December to mid-March. Please see the After You Apply section for a list of the tests we are aware of.


21.  When will I hear if I have an interview?

Each course that you have applied to will contact you to let you know whether you have been short-listed or not. Please see the After You Apply section for the details of when they will do this.


22.  When are the interviews?

Interviews are held in spring/summer each year. Please see the After You Apply section for interview dates for each course.


23.  If I am offered a place how do I respond?

If you are offered a place you can login to your application to respond and you may also need to respond directly to the course concerned. Please see the After You Apply section for more information and for the deadline for responding.


24.  How do reserve lists for offers of places work?

Reserve lists allow courses to fill places when an offer is declined. Please see the After You Apply section for more information.