University of Hertfordshire

Department of Psychology, Sport and Geography

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


01707 286322

Administration email:

[email protected]

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Who can apply:

We do not accept applicants who have not yet graduated at the point of application


2:1 required
2:2 considered if have a pass or higher at Masters level


Minimum 24 months clinical and/or clinically relevant research experience at a postgraduate level
For self-funding applicants a minimum of 12 months experience is required


You must be employable by the NHS and have Home fees status


We do not have any additional tests as part of short-listing


We do not participate in the Disability Confident scheme

Please see our Selection Procedure page for our approach to protected characteristics

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)

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).

There are no Accreditation for Prior (Experiential) Learning (AP(E)L) concessions, exemptions or advanced progression to training prior to entry nor whilst on the course.

Approach and theories

  • Cognitive-behavioural, including "third wave" models
  • Systemic theories 
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic theory
  • Community psychology 
  • Additional one off workshops
  • A critical approach to the conceptualisation of distress 
  • Opportunities for other models in third year
  • Opportunities for trainee led special interest spaces

Placement locations

The University is based in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Clinical placements take place across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, and some areas of Essex. All trainees must be prepared to undertake placements anywhere in the region, so access to a personal mode of transport is highly advised. Please note that, due to the wide geographical spread of our region across both urban and rural areas, the ability and willingness to travel across the training region is required. This needs to be in a timely manner which supports participation in the training programme and delivery of clinical services, and to a range of sites including University, placement base(s), and clients’ places of residence. Placement selection is made by the training programme; decisions on placement allocation are made according to identified training competence needs, any reasonable adjustments required, placement availability and other trainee circumstances. Reasonable adjustments and priority arrangements will be made for trainees with a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010.  Please note that the Employing Trust expenses are dependent on a number of factors including home address, placement locations and recorded base address.  We strongly recommend that trainees live within the geographical boundaries of the course. 

Last updated:

18th June 2024