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  • For full details see our entry on the webpage of the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology. 
  • Application is through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.
  • We welcome applicants with a good academic record, and a minimum 2i degree. We also welcome applicants with a first degree in a field other than Psychology who have completed a BPS approved conversion course. Further evidence of academic attainment (e.g., further degrees, research experience, publications) strengthens an application.
  • We expect applicants to have experience relevant to clinical psychology, for example as an Assistant Psychologist, a Research Assistant on a clinically relevant project or having completed a clinically relevant PhD. Other types of experience in health and social care settings (e.g., Nursing Assistant, Rehabilitation. Assistant) are also useful. We are particularly interested in what applicants have learned from their experience, rather than simply the nature of the experience itself. Applicants are required to have approximately a year or more of clinically relevant experience at the time of entry to the course. Voluntary experience is only acceptable in the context of other non-voluntary clinical experience.
  • The process is that each application that meets basic criteria (e.g., GBC) is rated  using a standard scoring scheme that takes into account, academic attainment, clinical experience and references. It is helpful to have a reference from a Clinical Psychologist.
  • We aim to select about 100 applicants for interview. For 2016 each interviewee will attend three interviews, focusing on clinical,  research/academic and service user and carer topics. Interviewers rate candidates independently and ratings are combined from the three interviews.
  • There is also an opportunity to meet current trainees and attend a presentation by Course staff.
  • We positively welcome applicants from all sections of the community and hope that our intake will reflect the make-up of the communities that people subsequently work in.
  • We welcome enquiries from applicants with disabilities to discuss the course requirements and any adjustments that may be needed during the selection process or once on the course.
  • We are unable to accept self-funding trainees. EU applicants will be considered if they meet the selection criteria outlined above, with the equivalent qualifications and experience. Undergraduate applicants are not encouraged to apply. We consider applications from non-EU/EEA applicants but not from those whom do not have the right to work in the UK for the duration of the Course.

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