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Application methods and deadlines for September 2017 entry onto the course

UK Funded Applications

Applications to the 2017 intake, via the AEP training website, will open during mid/late September. Applicants are advised to check for further information.

Candidates interested in applying to the course should read this website thoroughly for information on how to apply to the UCL Doctorate in Educational & Child Psychology, including our guidelines for success.

Overseas & EU Self-Funded Applications

Entry to the September 2017 for self-funded EU and overseas applicants will open in mid/late September. Potential international applicants are advisted to click here for more information

All applicants considering UCL as one of their (maximum of 3) course centres during future application cycles should read this website thoroughly, paying particular attention to our entry criteria and guidelines for success below. You can also download the AEP's Educational Psychology Training Entry Handbook below - please note when reading the Training Entry Handbook that UCL does not require any additional information; however you do need to address our desirable shortlisting criteria in your personal statement.

Click here to download the 2017 AEP's Educational Psychology Training Entry Handbook (pdf) AEP Training Handbook 2015

Consultation to potential applicants under represented in the profession is available - click here for information

We are unable to offer individual advice on application to potential candidates by telephone or email - all the information you need is on this site - see our FAQ page and If you need further online application help please write to:

For information about whether your qualifications meet the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership requirement for entry onto the course please contact the British Psychological Society (BPS):

British Psychological Society
St. Andrews House
48 Princess Road East

Tel: 0116 254 9568
Fax: 0116 247 0787

Details about accredited undergraduate psychology courses can also be found on the BPS website.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for funding, please contact

Guidelines for Success

Competition for places is very strong. The following advice is offered to assist candidates in improving their chances of securing a place.

Essential Shortlisting Requirements

 Good honours degree in Psychology that confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society. A 2:1 or equivalent is required to demonstrate that applicants possess the academic competencies required for doctoral level study. - further guidance.

 Experience of work with children in education, child care or community settings. The main purpose in requiring relevant work experience is to ensure that applicants understand what the role of an educational psychologist involves and have demonstrated suitability for training. A three year course of professional training is a big commitment from an applicant, and requires substantial public funding. It is important to select applicants who:

 Have a realistic appreciation of what the role and work of an educational psychologist involves
 Have demonstrated competence and professionalism in working in contexts and with client groups that are frequently encountered by educational psychologists in their work
Have demonstrated commitment in acquiring and, where appropriate, applying relevant skills and knowledge preparatory to training

Relevant work experience may be gained in a wide range of roles - click here for detailed guidance and examples.

 A good command of written and spoken English is essential. - further guidance.

Desirable Shortlisting Criteria - you must address these in your personal statement

Different applicants may be more or less successful in learning from similar work opportunities and in communicating the relevance of their experience in a convincing manner. It is important that ALL applicants present clear arguments in their 6,000 character maximum personal statement for the appropriateness and relevance of their experience. Click here for guidance on points we suggest that you specifically address.

Essential Requirements for Admission

  1. Please note that, in accordance with the UCL Child Protection Policy, admission to the DECPsy programme will be dependent on an enhanced child workforce Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and/or clearance from the relevant overseas authorities. All applicants in receipt of provisional offers following the interview process will be required to attend an induction session at UCL in early July. During that session a meeting will be scheduled with the UCL Criminal Records Officer, in order to initiate a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service and/or clearance from the relevant overseas authorities. The UCL CRO will advise you of the documentation you will need to bring to the meeting. Applicants will be unable to begin practical placements (scheduled to commence in mid-September) until a disclosure has been received. Please note that this applies to all applicants, including those who are employed in a post that has previously required a DBS check. Where a criminal conviction is disclosed consultation will take place with the Faculty Tutor (Brain Sciences) and placement provider representatives on the Programme Stakeholder Advisory Committee in considering whether or not the conviction has implications for the applicant's ability to meet the Health and Care Professions Council 's Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics.

  2. At the July induction session each applicant is also given a Pre-Employment/Placement Health Questionnaire which they need to return to UCL Occupational Health Department within 2 weeks. Occasionally follow-up information may be sought or an appointment offered. The purpose of this is to ensure that applicants are physically and psychologically capable of meeting the standards required to work as an Educational Psychologist, and that they do not present a risk to the vulnerable children and young people with whom they will be working. In addition, a separate form is provided for applicants with medical conditions who can meet the requirements of the programme with reasonable adjustments, to use in providing details of the support needed.

  3. All offers are also subject to the UCL General Conditions for Entry. Full details will be provided with the offer letter from registry but these conditions include the requirement that a student must comply with UCL’s registration procedure, must observe its statutes and regulations and must provide original evidence of qualification.

Our Selection Process

We aim to make our selection process as transparent and stress-free as possible. At all stages applicants are assessed in relation to explicit criteria which are shared with you. All application forms are carefully assessed by course tutors who are also qualified educational psychologists. Moderation of the selection of applicants for interview is carried out by representatives of Principal Educational Psychologists in London and the South East of England

Those invited to interview will receive information about the further criteria which will be assessed, so you know what we are looking for and can hopefully perform to your best. The following selection activities will be used:

 A small panel interview
 A short group problem based learning simulation activity with a tutor
 A written task based on analysis of a video sequence

All members of interview teams are qualified educational psychologists and teams always include representative principal educational psychologists. The half day which each interviewee will spend at UCL, will also allow discussion with staff and open access to the opinions of the current group of educational psychologists in training. We want you to be able to hear from them whether their training experience actually matches our aspirations for it!

Our interview dates for this year have been provisionally scheduled for February/March 2017 and will be posted on this site as soon as these are final. Applicants must be able to commit to whichever of these dates they are allocated to in the event that they are shortlisted to attend.


Our admissions procedures have been devised in accordance with UCL Equalities policies covering equal opportunity, disability, race, sexual orientation, and religious beliefs. Detailed information on each policy and the ways in which they are implemented and monitored can be found at It is UCL policy that in the recruitment, selection, education and assessment of students the only consideration must be that the individual meets, or is likely to meet the requirements of the programme or course. The requirements being met, no student will be discriminated against on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality (within current legislation), disability, marital status, caring or parental responsibilities, age, or beliefs on matters such as religion and politics. We welcome applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. The building in which the course is located offers wheelchair access and applications from people with disabilities will be welcomed. Helpful relevant information is also contained in the Health and Care Professions Council publication: A disabled person's guide to becoming a health professional. It is our policy to encourage potential applicants from black and ethnic minority communities, and those with disabilities, who are currently under represented in the profession. As a member of a minority ethnic group (African Caribbean), who has extensive experience of work with issues of access for people with disabilities, UCL Tutor Beverley Graham would like you to know that she is more than happy to be consulted by prospective applicants from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.

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2017 Applications appnews

September 2017 entry for UK funded and self-funded candidates is now open, via the EPFT application website, with a deadline of 5th December 2016 for applications and 30th November 2016 for references. Applicants are advised to check the AEP website for further information, in addition to our application webpage

Overseas application for September 2017 entry on the programme is now open with a deadline of 31 March 2017 for applications - please see our overseas applications page for further details if you are a potential EU or overseas candidate interested in applying for 2017 entry.


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