University of Plymouth

School of Psychology | Faculty of Health

Course code:


Course length:

3 years (full-time)


01752 586701

Administration email:

[email protected]
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Who can apply:

We do not accept applicants who have not yet graduated


GBC required at the time of application
Completed a degree in Psychology, or other degree plus a conversion course (at diploma or Masters level)


A minimum of 12 months clinical experience is required

Please see the Entry Requirements section of our website for details of our preferred experience


Home fees status only: you must complete the relevant information about your residence status in your application
We do not accept International applicants


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


Whilst we welcome applications from people with disabilities, we do not apply the Disability Confident Scheme

Document requirements:

Please provide a document confirming your GBC status, plus:

  • Undergraduate degree TRANSCRIPT
  • Conversion course TRANSCRIPT (if completed)

Professional accreditation

This course does not accept prior learning (APEL)

This course is accredited by:

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Association of Family Therapy (AFT) Level 1 (Intermediate level option)
  • Seeking BABCP Level 1 course accreditation

Approach and theories

Our five core themes

  • Psychological approaches and models of intervention 
  • Core competence for clinical psychology 
  • The Person in Context – Lifespan development frameworks 
  • Psychological Problems: Distress, Coping, Risk and Resilience 
  • Personal and Professional Development 

Models and theories

  • Cognitive-behavioural, including third wave models such as ACT and CFT.
  • Systemic
  • Community Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Leadership

Placement locations

Clinical Placements are located in Cornwall., Plymouth, and South Devon, a trainee will be allocated to a placement area and carry out their placements in that area for the three years of the course, this may be varied under special circumstances.

Many placements within the South West require travel to locations that are not accessible by public transport so the ability to travel independently is essential. Reasonable adjustments will be made for trainees with disabilities affecting driving.

Trainees advance and develop their clinical skills through supervised clinical experience. There are three distinct periods of clinical practice - one in each year of training - each of which is preceded by a period of academic teaching and interspersed with academic days in Plymouth or locally-based distance teaching events. Travel expenses are paid for attendance, and accommodation is provided for those trainees in more distant geographical locations.

Trainees are visited on placement by their Clinical Tutors and also have facilitated small group tutorials with their trainee peers. Clinical Tutors work with trainees and their supervisors to ensure that the appropriate range and depth of clinical experience are obtained on each placement. In addition, clinical tutors provide pastoral support.

Last updated:

12th July 2023