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This webpage has been set up to allow incoming DECPsy trainees who have secured places for the next academic year get ready for the course. It provides a range of information via linked course documentation. This webpage can also be consulted by current and potential applicants as an additional source of information on aspects of the course.

About the course:

Doctorate in Educational & Child Psychology Curriculum Outlines - Years 1-3. Click here to see a summary of the course curriculum (pdf)

Programme Reading List (pdf)

The UCL Graduate School website also includes a range of helpful information for students who will be starting the course

Ethics and Conduct - Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society guidance :

The following should be read by new trainees before they commence the course and consulted throughout their time training with us:

HCPC Guidance on Health and Character booklet (pdf)

HCPC Guidance on Conduct, Performance and Ethics for Students booklet (pdf)

HCPC Disabled Person's Guide to Becoming a Health Professional (pdf)

BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct (pdf)

Starting the course - documentation to complete and information to note before you start :

Form M1 (health requirements) (pdf). This form should be read and (if applicable) completed by all new DECPsy trainees and returned to the Educational Psychology office. If you have any health requirements, we will work with you to ensure that we accommodate these in our planning and provide support and adjustments as needed.

Participation protol consent form (pdf). This form should be read and completed (see last page for further information) by new DECPsy trainees, then returned to the Educational Psychology office.

Fitness to practise procedures and form (pdf). This form should be read and completed in advance of the start of the course, then returned to the Educational Psychology office.

Please note also that:

  • Pre-course assignments and an IT skills questionnaire will be circulated to new DECPsy trainees joining the programme the summer before they commence their studies at UCL.
  • New DECPsy trainees will be required to attend a pre-course induction day 2 months before the course starts - the office will contact confirmed new starters with full details.
  • As part of the pre-course induction day, new DECPsy trainees will be required to schedule a meeting with the UCL Criminal Records Officer, in order to initiate an enhanced child workforce DBS check 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. All procedures are subject to confidentiality. Please note that you will be required to continue to disclose criminal convictions throughout the duration of the programme.
  • If you are not already a member, you are expected to join the British Psychological Society (BPS), the professional body for practitioner psychologists in the UK and to apply for student membership of the Division of Educational and Child Psychology. Details of how to apply can be found by clicking the link below:

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