The course is designed for those who not only have a solid background in psychology, but also experience of working in an educational setting. You should have a strong interest and a desire to improve the emotional and social wellbeing of young, vulnerable people and their families. The list below provides insight into the qualities and skills of a trainee Educational Psychologist (EP).
- A commitment to a career in Educational Psychology
- A commitment/willingness to undertake placements in the Eastern Region
- Strong interpersonal skills
- A good understanding of research and how it applies to educational psychology
- A good knowledge of education systems in England
- An awareness of other Children’s Services (e.g. YOS, Social Care)
- A demonstrable interest in our core values and philosophy
- A good knowledge of the EP role with realistic expectations of the day-to-day work of an EP
- An awareness of safeguarding practices
- A potential to conceptualise, formulate and apply psychology to contexts relevant to CYP
- An ability to be critically reflective (personally and professionally)
- An awareness of key legislation and policy relating to SEND
- A good knowledge of child development and related theory
Qualifications and previous experience
As the Educational Psychology programme leads to a doctoral degree as well as preparing you for entry to the profession, we are looking for sound academic skills, evidenced through your qualifications, and practical experience.
You must hold a degree that is eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS). This can be an undergraduate degree in psychology, an approved conversion course or a Master’s degree. We will normally look for a minimum of a 2.1 (or equivalent), but we will also consider applications from those with a 2.2 classification, whose experience or further qualifications demonstrate capacity to successfully complete the programme.
This may include applicants who have substantial experience of working with children and young people in a relevant role (well in excess of the required 12 months) or who have a Master’s or higher degree in a relevant subject area.
If you hold a degree or qualification from an overseas university, it must have been approved equivalency from the BPS. Please see the EPFT Scheme 2018 - Applicant Handbook available on the AEP website for further information.
You must have the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before the application deadline. If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC is not from the UK or Ireland you will also be required to enter your BPS membership number at the application stage.
You will also be expected to demonstrate a minimum of 12 months full-time equivalent experience of working with children and young people (for example, as a teacher, assistant educational psychologist, social worker, learning support assistant, etc.) An example of what this could look like can be found on the AEP website.
There is no provision in the UEA degree regulations for Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning. The Programme is full-time for three years and attendance at all programme components is mandatory over that time, including the induction period. The length of the Programme cannot be reduced through the accreditation of prior learning or experience: all trainees are required to complete the full programme of training in order to qualify.
Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS)
Disclosure of Criminal Background for Those with Access to Children
All applicants for the doctorate in Educational Psychology course will be required to obtain an Enhanced Criminal Records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The enhanced disclosure will be used to assess suitability for the programme and information provided may be discussed with the external members of the School's Safeguarding Sub-Committees. Candidates are responsible for payment of the DBS fee. General information about this process can be obtained from the Disclosure and Barring Service Website.
Satisfactory health check
You will need to demonstrate your fitness to practice by completing an Occupational Health Questionnaire Form. You will need to return it to the Occupational Health Service at UEA. This will give us information about any special needs you may have, and enable us to assess whether the University and placement areas will be able to provide support. It is therefore, in your interest to provide full answers to the questions.
If English is not your first language, an IELTS (or other recognised qualification) overall score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or equivalent) must be provided.