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  • Time spent at College varies throughout the three years. Following the induction block, trainees attend College for two days per week in term time during years 1 and 2. This means approximately a further 60 days spent at College over the Course of the first two years. During the third year, formal teaching requirements are approximately 15 days to allow trainees to concentrate on their research projects.
  • As well as lectures, which mix theory and practice, there are trainee-led seminars where trainees present cases (each trainee presents four cases over the three years) or lead a session on a particular professional issue. Staff also attend and contribute to these sessions. Trainees also acquire presentation skills through presenting their research to staff and other trainees in their 3rd year.
  • Assessment is by essays and exams. The exams, which are at the end of the first year, ensure that trainees acquire a good knowledge of basic material and are reported by trainees (after they have completed them!) as being very useful.
  • Trainees acquire basic skills in psychometric assessment through learning to conduct the Wechsler intelligence scales for adults and for children. All trainees are supported and assessed on these skills to ensure that the basic standard is met.

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