Entry requirements for the programme Entry requirements for the programme

Pre-requisites for applying

All applicants must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the British Psychological Society (BPS).  Evidence of this should be submitted at the time of application and it is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure this. If you are unsure as to whether your undergraduate programme was accredited by the BPS, and therefore grants GBC, you can check by visiting the BPS webpages. Some individuals who do not have GBC may be able to apply for this via the special case criteria with the BPS, while others may have to complete a further postgraduate conversion course; again, further information about conversion courses can be found on the BPS webpages

 

Essential Criteria

Essential Criteria

Full details of our minimum essential criteria are detailed on our Clearing House entry:

  • Eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as defined by the BPS
  • At least a 2.1 Honours degree in psychology
    Applications will also be considered from applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree who have successfully completed a postgraduate course - either at Masters, DPhil or PhD level. The course must be at least 50% supervised clinical practice experience or must be classified as a research degree and the research component must exceed 50% of the course. Applicants will be asked to provide transcript evidence that their course meets this requirement. 
    All previous courses must be fully complete at the point of application. Unfortunately, we cannot accept incomplete qualifications including incomplete viva examinations and corrections to a thesis.
  • Applicants must have relevant clinical experience, will be judged on the quality of their clinical experience and must also demonstrate at interview personal and professional qualities consistent with NHS values and standards.  Relevant clinical experience can be split across posts and may include voluntary work, though at least one significant period of work in the same position is required.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English should provide evidence of an English language proficiency of IELTS level 7 (with no score below 6.5 in each test element - listening, reading, writing and speaking) or equivalent.
  • All applicants must demonstrate that they have a right to work in the UK or that they meet the requirements of the UKVI for working in the UK.  Applicants should check that they meet the criteria before making an application to the Programme.

For visa applications, UK Visas and Immigration now only accept IELTS for English Language tests taken at acceptable test centres outside the UK (see www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests or the University PGR admissions for more information).

Applicants are required by the Programme to provide supplementary documents to support their applications if necessary (in addition to those documents sent to the Clearing House).  This refers to degree transcripts for any degrees completed over and above the degree giving GBC, with an official translation into English if appropriate, e.g. Master’s degree or PhDs.  This is verify the degree classification.  This also applies to those who have completed additional degrees prior to or following a conversion course.  These documents should be submitted directly to the Programme.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure appropriate supporting evidence is supplied and applicants should note that the absence of any relevant documentation will result in applications not being considered.

Applicants have until the end of January 2018 to provide copies of original documentation.

Conversion Courses – Home and Overseas Applicants

Applicants who have taken conversion courses that confer GBC are viewed as equivalent to applicants whose original degree confers GBC, though they still need to meet minimum entry criteria in terms of original degree classification. 

Applicants in this position are required to provide a transcript of their original degree with an official translation into English if appropriate, as well as documentation evidencing the outcome of the conversion course. 

Please send the transcript for your original degree if this does not confer GBC, and translation if appropriate, directly to the course at the above address. The absence of a transcript will result in an application not being considered as there will be no means to verify the minimum requirements stipulated.  You will also need to include the transcript for the degree that confers GBC in your application to the Clearing House. 

Applicants who are in the process of obtaining GBC are advised to do this at the earliest opportunity and must have attained this prior to accepting an offer of a place on the Programme.

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.

The University has an equal opportunities policy and is concerned to implement fair selection procedures.  However, the University does not currently operate a guaranteed interview scheme for student applications (the “Double Tick” scheme).  Enquiries about any aspect of entry, including support available for people with disabilities should be addressed to the Admissions Enquiries administrator at the telephone or email address above. Appropriate accommodations are made at interview for those with a declared disability.

Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the variety of roles taken up by the clinical psychologist in the health service and of their personal suitability for this career. The Programme reflects the core NHS values in their selection processes and as such recruits those whose values and attitudes reflect these. Where an applicant is making a career change, including from other branches of psychology, or from other walks of life, it may strengthen their application if they provide information about the background and rationale for this. Our recruitment process is consistent with the values of the NHS Constitution and The 6Cs.

Applicants must provide recent references from referees in a position to comment meaningfully on the applicant’s experience.                                                

It is more helpful if your Academic Referee is from your undergraduate degree or conversion course, whichever gave you GBC. Your relevant experience reference should be as current as possible. 

Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the variety of roles taken up by the clinical psychologist in the health service and of their personal suitability for this career.  The Programme reflects the core NHS values in their selection processes and as such recruits those whose values and attitudes reflect these.  Where an applicant is making a career change, including from other branches of psychology, or from other walks of life, it may strengthen their application if they provide information about the background and rationale for this.  Our recruitment process is consistent with BPS accreditation criteria and the values of the NHS Constitution as well as being consistent with the 6Cs[IR(1] .

Relevant clinical experience can be gained before, during or after work for the psychology degree.  This may be from a clinical setting, as a psychology assistant, a health care assistant or a support worker, and would give experience of working with people with psychological needs.  Experience working alongside a clinical psychologist is particularly relevant.

We are particularly interested in appointing people with clinically relevant research experience, although this needs to be supplemented by some clinical experience. 

Applicants must have relevant clinical experience, will be judged on the quality of their clinical experience and must also demonstrate at interview personal and professional qualities consistent with NHS values and standards.  Relevant clinical experience can be split across posts and may include voluntary work, though at least one significant period of work in the same position is required.

Additional desirable criteria include a first class degree or PhD.  Masters programmes with a clinical component which provides practical experience within a relevant clinical setting, supervised by a suitably qualified professional, will be considered to provide relevant clinical experience.

Because of the amount of travel likely to be entailed during the course in this largely rural area, being able to drive and having access to a car are normally essential. Special arrangements apply for trainees with disabilities.

All applications should be made via the national Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology.

If you have any queries regarding the application process or entry requirements, please contact the PGR Admissions Assistant.

Information about the Job Description and Person Specification may be found on this website.  Further information about our Selection Procedure, Financial Support and How to Apply can be found by clicking the relevant links.

Equal Opportunities

The University has an equal opportunities policy and is concerned to implement fair selection procedures.  However, the University does not currently operate a guaranteed interview scheme for student applications (the “Double Tick” scheme).  Enquiries about any aspect of entry, including support available for people with disabilities, should be addressed to the Admissions Enquiries administrator at the telephone or email address above. Appropriate accommodations are made at interview for those with a declared disability.  Please inform us at the earliest opportunity if this is the case.

 

 

Selection Procedure –Shortlisting and interview process

Our selection process is under a continuous process of evaluation and review in light of feedback from applicants and the views of those involved in selection.  

Please refer to our Clearing House entry for specific details.

Selection Test

Your application will be considered as part of our comprehensive shortlisting process.  As part of this process, we conduct a short test of basic (GCSE level) numeracy and literacy skills.

The Programme is required to include this test by the commissioners for the Programme.  Both parts of the test must be passed in order for your application to be considered in the subsequent shortlisting process.

For 2017 entry, all applicants completed an online literacy and numeracy test in advance of shortlisting.  This test had to be passed to progress to shortlisting and a repeat numeracy test was completed at interview.  For candidates applying for 2018 entry, completion of a test of basic numeracy and literacy skills will again form part of our entry process.  Administration of this test is currently under review.  Please see our webpages for the most up-to-date information.

An example practice paper is provided on our website.

Shortlisting

Shortlisting is done by rating application forms on the basis of the criteria, rated independently by two people: a member of Programme staff and a clinical supervisor. 

You are able to view the shortlisting criteria used for the 2017 entry to the course.  Please note these are subject to significant revision prior to selection for entry in 2018.

Interviews

Applicants attend a two-part interview and, as above in previous years, must complete and pass a separate test of numeracy and literacy skills.  Full details of how this will be administered for 2018 entry will be provided to those offered an interview.  Place offers are made based on performance in all aspects of the section process including the numeracy and literacy tests.  Applicants who fail to meet the required literacy and numeracy pass mark cannot be offered a place on the course.  

The Programme also considers any Fitness to Practice issues that arise during the shortlisting or the interviews process in relation to entry on to the Programme.  Please see the Clearing House information regarding this for more detail.

Please note that the University will not usually allow you to enrol onto a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if you are currently enrolled on any other degree e.g. a PhD or Masters’ programme; this includes any outstanding requirements such as a viva examination or any associated corrections.  If you have any incomplete assessment / reassessment or other criteria from another programme, it may not be possible for us to offer you a place on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or you may be required to provide proof that you have withdrawn from your incomplete programme.

Offer of an interview to those completing a PhD will be conditional upon submission of the PhD for viva by the time of interview in March.  Any offers made to applicants currently studying for a PhD will ordinarily be conditional upon the applicant passing their viva with at most minor modifications (3 months) before the acceptance deadline in early June.  Applicants should take account of this early in their planning given delays in organising vivas.

Offers made to applicants who have not provided academic transcripts and certificates will be conditional upon the provision of suitable evidence of completion including submission of all corrections if applicable no later than 1st September 2018.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that any conditions attached to their offer are met as specified in the offer letter.  It will not normally be possible for UEA to offer extensions to deadlines.  We regret that offers for funded places on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology cannot be deferred beyond 1st October 2018.

As part of the interview paperwork applicants will have an opportunity to express their preference for placement base location. Wherever possible account will be taken of preferences and any personal circumstances in the allocation; but UEA cannot guarantee that candidates will be offered their preferred choice.

It is strongly recommended that the trainee lives within the base allocated, as clinical placements are likely to involve considerable amounts of travel and trainees are expected to follow the normal working pattern followed at the placement.  Living in the base location enables contact with and support from other trainees

Successful applicants will be notified by letter shortly after the interviews.  Unsuccessful applicants from the interviews will also be notified at this time. 

Admission to the ClinPsyD Programme is subject to satisfactory criminal record (enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service) and occupational health checks. 

Candidates selected by the University will be offered employment by an appropriate NHS employer to facilitate their training.

Financial Support

Current NHS trainees are full-time employees of the health service and have annual leave and other benefits in line with usual NHS entitlements.  On entry to the Programme current NHS trainees commenced on the first spine point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.  Please see the NHS Careers website for information on current salaries and conditions of service. Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with NHS terms and conditions of service.  A copy of the current job description may be found on our website.

We had 22 funded places in 2017 and anticipate up to 22 funded places for 2018.  We normally interview up to 90 applicants. 

Candidates for 2018 entry are recommended to check for funding updates on the Clearing House funding page.

For 2018 we will consider a small number of self-funded international applicants who can secure financial support throughout the duration of training on the Programme. Please see the Entry Requirements section above for further details.

How to apply

All applications should be made via the national Clearing House for Postgraduate Course in Clinical Psychology.  Further details and how to apply can be found at www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp