Candidates interested in applying to the course in future years should read this website thoroughly for information on how to apply to the UCL Doctorate in Educational & Child Psychology, including our guidelines for success. Potential future applicants should also go towww.aep.org.uk/training/for further information about the online application process, which is managed by the Association of Educational Psychologists.
Overseas & EU Self-Funded Applications
Entry to the September 2016 for self-funded EU and overseas applicants is now open. International applicants interested in 2016 entry should 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 AEP's Educational Psychology Training Entry Handbook (pdf):
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 www.aep.org.uk/training/. If you need further online application help please write to:
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Please note that our interview days for this year are: 25 February, 26 February and 4 March 2016. 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 http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/equalities/ 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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Applications for September 2016 entry for UK funded and self-funded candidates via the EPFT application website closed on 3 December 2015 and we are currently shortlisting. For further information about the application process please click here
Overseas application for September 2016 entry on the programme is now open - please see our overseas applications page for further details if you are a potential EU or overseas candidate interested in applying.