Teesside University

Department of Psychology | School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


01642 738801

Administration email:

[email protected]
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Entry requirements

Who can apply

We are unable to consider:

  • Those who are still undergraduates at the time of training.
  • Those already enrolled on other programmes funded by Health Education England, which started after March 2022 (two years post completion from these courses is required prior to applying. This two years is taken from the date of the assessment board of the previous Health Education England funded course).
  • Those who do not have Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the British Psychological Society.
  • Those who do not have a minimum of 12 months full-time equivalent, clinically relevant experience.
  • International Students


All applicants must have:

  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) confirmed at the time of application.
  • 2:1 or 1st class level degree in Psychology, recognised by the BPS for GBC.
  • Or have a BPS GBC accredited "conversion" degree, with a 2:1 or 1st class level in both your undergraduate degree and your conversion degree.
  • Or a 2:2 class level degree in Psychology, recognised by the BPS for GBC, with a Masters level degree.
  • Or a 2:2 undergraduate degree, with a Masters level degree in Psychology, recognised by the BPS for GBC, with a 2:1 or 1st in your Masters degree.


All candidates applying to the course need:

  • A minimum of 12 months full-time equivalent (does not need to be consecutive) experience. There is no requirement as to how recent this experience needs to be e.g. some experience may have been gained prior to or alongside undergraduate qualification.
  • Experience must demonstrate knowledge of psychological principles and the ability to apply these in practice. 
  • Knowledge of the role of a Clinical Psychologist is essential.

Types of experience includes:

  • Paid or Voluntary work. 
  • Paid work can include roles such as: Assistant Psychologist, Health Care Assistant, Support Worker, Nursing Assistant.
  • Voluntary roles can include roles such as: Befriender, volunteering for charities such as Mind/Samaritans. 
  • Working in settings such as: mental health services, care homes, health settings (where Clinical Psychologists typically work), mental health charities, NHS and private health settings.
  • Research which involves contact with participants.

References / Suitability Statements

Two strong references/suitability statements should be provided. One from a current employer or supervisor and one from an academic supervisor.

If it is not possible to provide these, please give a clear explanation as to why an alternative referee has been chosen.

Documents required

Your application must include:

  • A document confirming your GBC status.
  • An academic transcript for your undergraduate psychology degree.
  • And if your undergraduate degree was not in psychology, an academic transcript for your conversion course.
  • Academic transcripts of other academic qualifications you report in your application.

Advice for your application

All applications must be able to demonstrate: 

  • an understanding of the importance and contribution research plays within the profession, and evidence of dissemination of your own research/audit.
  • a clear commitment and motivation to train as a clinical psychologist.
  • a good understanding of the role of a clinical psychologist and why you are choosing the profession.
  • experience of different psychological models and clinical settings.
  • evidence of personal awareness and a recognition and understanding of the importance of self-reflection.
  • ability to reflect on equality, diversity, and inclusion within the profession.
  • the ability to communicate and relate well to others.

International applicants

Home fees status is required.

Due to the funding arrangements for places on the Programme, we cannot consider applications from international candidates. See Funding section for more details.

Last updated:

17th April 2024