FAQ

International Applicants

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

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

Funding and fees status/residence

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?

Entry requirements, qualifications and documents

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 UK leaving the EU affect my application?

This mainly affects two areas: right to work in the UK and residence requirements. Information about right to work is below. For residence requirements we would recommend that all applicants, including UK and Irish citizens, check their status as this is assessed separately to the right to work requirements (see FAQ 5 below for details about residence requirements).

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and the transition period ended on 31 December 2020. Irish citizens continue to have the right to work in the UK due to the Common Travel Area arrangements. Other EU, EEA and Swiss citizens no longer automatically have the right to work in the UK.

We are not qualified to advise you about your right to work in the UK. After you submit your application we will contact all Swiss, EEA and EU (except Irish) citizens by email to request further details of your status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). This information will be passed to the course centres you are applying to so they can consider it alongside your application in their selection process. You do not need to provide details in your application about the EUSS: you only need to tell us your nationality so that we can contact you as appropriate. You may also be asked by course centres to provide further details/evidence of your status under the EUSS if you are invited to interview, offered a place etc. Your email software may treat emails from the the Clearing House or from the course centres as junk or spam, so please check your Junk Email folder and/or Spam Email folder regularly.

For further information you may find the following websites useful:


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

Yes, there are self-funded places available on 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 on 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 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 training on NHS places are employed by the NHS as Trainee Clinical Psychologists while they study. So to apply for an NHS place you need to have the right to work in the UK without restriction. 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 ENIC or Study 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 successfully completed university qualifications that were fully 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 photo page of your passport   or
    • if you are applying for an NHS place and you have the right to work in the UK you will need to provide a document that confirms your status. Please provide a copy of the photo page of your passport and a copy of any paperwork from the UK authorities that gives details about your right to work e.g. 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 successfully completed university qualifications that were fully taught and examined in English, you need to provide evidence of your ability in English language with your application. Please see the International Students section for information about the English language tests that are acceptable.


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.