FAQ

International Applicants

1.  How does the process of the UK leaving the EU affect my application?

2.  Are there any places set aside for international applicants?

3.  Can international applicants fund themselves?

4.  How much are the course fees?

5.  How do I find out what my fees status is?

6.  Can international applicants apply for NHS places?

7.  How do I find out if I have the right to work in the UK?

8.  My qualifications are from outside the UK - how do I find out if I have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)?

9.  How do I find out what qualifications and grades from my country are at a similar level to a 2:1 grade psychology degree from the UK?

10.  What documents do international applicants need to provide with their application?

11.  What are the English language requirements?

12.  Is experience from other countries considered relevant?




1.  How does the process of the UK leaving the EU affect my application?

In March 2017 the UK government started the process for the UK to leave the EU. This process is likely to take about two years to complete. The Clearing House will therefore process applications as usual. There will be no extensions to deadlines so please do not wait for further information about the EU leaving process before deciding whether to apply.

For updates about the process of the UK leaving the EU you may find the following websites useful:


2.  Are there any places set aside for international applicants?

Yes, there are self-funded places available at some courses for applicants who have overseas fees status (see FAQ 5 below if you need information about fees status). For these self-funded places you will need to provide your own funding. Please see the International Students section for more information.

There are no NHS places set aside for international applicants. Those international applicants that have the right to work in the UK and want to apply for NHS places must compete for these alongside UK applicants (see FAQ 6 below for more information).


3.  Can international applicants fund themselves?

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 International Students section for more information.


4.  How much are the course fees?

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).


5.  How do I find out what my fees status is?

Please see the Entry Requirements section for information on fees status. If you are still unsure of your fees status please see the UKCISA website for more information (a link to their website is provided in the Entry Requirements section).


6.  Can international applicants apply for NHS places?

People accepted on NHS places are currently employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study. So to apply for NHS places you need to have the right to work in the UK. Please see the International Students section for more information on NHS places.

Most courses also have residence requirements for NHS places. Please see the Entry Requirements section for information on residence requirements.


7.  How do I find out if I have the right to work in the UK?

If you are unsure whether you have the right to work in the UK or not, please check the UK Visas and Immigration website for information or contact your local British Embassy. Please see the International Students section for links to their websites.


8.  My qualifications are from outside the UK - how do I find out if I have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)?

If your qualifications are not from a UK or Irish university you need to have them assessed by the British Psychological Society to see if they give you GBC. Please see the International Students section for more information.


9.  How do I find out what qualifications and grades from my country are at a similar level to a 2:1 grade psychology degree from the UK?

If you are unsure which qualifications and grades from your country are at a similar level to UK qualifications we suggest you contact either UK NARIC or Education UK. Please see the International Students section for links to their websites.


10.  What documents do international applicants need to provide with their application?

International applicants need to provide the following documents with their application:

  • If your university qualifications are not from a UK or Irish university you need to provide:
  • If English is not your first language, and you have not completed university qualifications that were taught and examined in English, you need to provide evidence of your ability in English Language (see FAQ 11 below for more information about English language tests).
  • If you do not have UK/EU/EEA/Swiss nationality you need to provide:
    • a copy of the details page of your passport   or
    • if you have the right to work in the UK you will need to provide a document that confirms your status, if you are applying for an NHS place. Please provide a copy of the details page of your passport and a copy of any paperwork from the UK authorities that gives details about your right to work eg a copy of your Residence Permit.

Please see the Documents section for more information.


11.  What are the English language requirements?

If English is not your first language, and you have not completed university qualifications that were taught and examined in English, you need to provide evidence of your ability in English language with your application. You should provide an IELTS test taken in the last two years. Please see the International Students section for details of the scores required.


12.  Is experience from other countries considered relevant?

It is a good idea to have experience of how services operate in the UK if you are applying for NHS places. So, for applications for NHS places, experience from other countries should preferably be supplemented by experience in the UK. Please see the Entry Requirements section for more information on relevant experience.