South Wales

Affiliated with Cardiff University
School of Psychology

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


029 2087 0582

Administration email:

[email protected]

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Who can apply:

We do not accept applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree
Applicants taking a conversion course must complete it before applying


Minimum 2:1 in an undergraduate degree that gives GBC
OR  a conversion course at 2:1 (merit) or 1st class (distinction) level that gives GBC plus a minimum 2:1 in an undergraduate degree


Minimum 9 months experience in a healthcare and/or research setting relevant to clinical psychology
Some of this experience must be direct work with a relevant client-population


At the start of the programme you must have Home Fee Status and be eligible for employment by the NHS


We do not have any additional tests prior to invitation to interview

Everyone invited to interview will be asked to sit a written test in addition to the interview


We do not currently participate in the Disability Confident employer scheme

We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities who meet the entry requirements for the programme. We have a number of interview places reserved for candidates who have a disability and meet our entry requirements.

Document requirements:

Please provide a document confirming your GBC status, plus:

  • Undergraduate degree TRANSCRIPT
  • Conversion course TRANSCRIPT (if completed)
  • Any other Masters degree TRANSCRIPT (if completed)
  • Any other Postgraduate degree TRANSCRIPT (if completed)
  • If the transcript for your GBC course (undergrad or conversion) does not give a final overall percentage grade, please provide a letter from the course giving this grade

Professional accreditation

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) – level 1 CBT 
  • Association of Family Therapy (AFT) – Foundation level 
  • Neuropsychology training on our programme can be used to meet some of the foundation requirements for entry onto further post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology

Approach and theories

  • Cognitive-Behavioural, including third wave models
  • Systemic
  • Neuropsychology

Placement locations

The South Wales course covers six Health Boards:

  • Aneurin Bevan
  • Cardiff and Vale
  • Cwm Taf Morgannwg
  • Hywel Dda
  • Powys
  • Swansea Bay

We have a regional placement model. Trainees are allocated to one of the six Health Boards for the first two years of training. They may request an elective placement in a different Health Board for their final year if they wish.

Trainees are asked to submit Health Board preferences when they are short-listed for interview. Successful candidates will be informed which Health Board they have been allocated when they are offered a place on the programme.

In more rural areas of Wales, use of public transport may be difficult and time consuming so it may be helpful for trainees to have their own transport.

Trainee preferences, health conditions and carer responsibilities are taken into account as much as is possible when allocating placements but we cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

Last updated:

29th April 2024