- Includes taught academic modules, professional fieldwork placements and a research component
- Holds approval from the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council and is accredited by the British Psychological Society
- Applications can be made through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Educational Psychology, for those normally resident in the UK
Health and Care Professions Council
Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practise using a title protected by the Health and Social Work Professions Order 2001 is on the HCPC register. For more information, visit the HCPC website.
The term HCPC approved applies only to those programmes which have been approved by the HCPC's Education and Training Committee (ETC) and which appear on the HCPC list of approved programmes.
Studying at the University of Nottingham
The University of Nottingham programme has a number of unique characteristics that combine to provide a distinctive, forward-looking and high-quality professional preparation in educational psychology. It focusses on the link between theory and practice.
Programme graduates will be able to:
- operate with a strong knowledge base in applied and theoretical psychology
- develop models of practice which are informed by those links
- employ problem-solving approaches at an individual, group and organisational level
- integrate a range of personal and professional skills to enable the delivery of the role
- work flexibly and adaptively across a range of settings and situations, showing sensitivity to equality and diversity
- operate with a confident knowledge of research methods.
The location of the programme within the School of Psychology is distinctive and provides trainees with a deep theoretical understanding of their work. The programme provides the opportunity to meet leading practitioners and researchers.
The School of Psychology is ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
The educational psychology group at the University of Nottingham has an established record of influential teaching, and of publications written by staff and students. The programme has strong working relationships with professional educational psychologists employed by the regional Local Authorities and other settings.
Applicants to this programme should possess a minimum 2:1 honours degree in psychology, or equivalent, which the British Psychological Society has recognised as providing Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
The relevant psychology degree must be at the 2:1 level or above. However, degrees classified 2:2 may be supplemented with a qualification in a relevant subject at masters degree level or above.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they have gained relevant experience of working with children and young people in which sustained levels of responsibility have been maintained, normally for a minimum period of one year prior to applying for the course.
This experience could be in any settings where responsibility for an aspect of children’s development can be taken, for example, working in roles in education, care or community settings. Please refer to Clearing House Guidance for further guidance on the experience requirement.
How to apply
Application for those eligible for UK funding is through the Clearing House managed by the Association of Educational Psychologists, and interviews for successful applicants take place in early spring each year. Selection days typically include interviews with a tutor and field practitioner, a brief presentation, and a written and small-group task.
Self-funded places for 2020 entry are now closed.
Applied psychologists must be able to anticipate and respond to the needs of a society in flux. The programme has inclusive principles and strongly welcomes applicants who reflect the diversity of the population including those who are currently underrepresented in the educational psychology profession.
An open day runs each October for those interested in the programme. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend. Bookings will open soon for the provisional date of Saturday 10 October 2020. In the meantime, you can contact the course administrator by email or by calling +44 (0)115 84 68577 for more information.
Each trainee placement is supervised by a named HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist.
Professional placements for UK Department of Education funded applicants are sought within the East Midlands and where possible, elsewhere.
In year one, trainees are on supervised placements for one day per week throughout the year in educational psychology services, with some supplementary placement weeks.
Years two and three
In years two and three placements are arranged via a consortium bursary placement allocation scheme.
You will undertake placements of 130 days per each year, typically supported by a Local Authority bursary, in educational psychology services.
Trainee placements can be located in the East Midlands region, or beyond, by trainee request, depending upon availability.
All placements follow the guidance provided by the University to trainees and supervisors, linking placement activities to modular learning.
International/self-funded applicants should note that whilst the course will help to seek placements we cannot guarantee them.