The Nottingham Doctorate in Applied Educational Psychology (Professional Training) provides professional training for those wishing to become practising educational psychologists. The programme is a research degree that holds approval from the regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Successful completion of this programme provides eligibility to apply for registration with the 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, please see 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.
The Nottingham programme possesses a number of unique characteristics that combine to provide a distinctive, forward-looking and high quality professional preparation in educational psychology. It holds at its heart 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 a preeminent department, ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research power at the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) exercise. The University of Nottingham achieved a Gold award for Teaching Excellence in 2017.
The Educational Psychology Group at 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 degree must be at the 2:1 level or above. Degrees classified 2:2 may be supplemented by Masters level degrees 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 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.
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 comprise interviews with a tutor and field practitioner, a brief presentation, and a written and small group task.
For those not eligible for UK funding, application is through the University, see below.
Applied psychologists must be able to anticipate and respond to the needs of a society in flux. We strongly welcome applicants who reflect and represent the full diversity of the population
An open day runs each October for those interested in the programme. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend.
Or contact the course administrator:
+44 (0)115 846 8577