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Please ensure you meet our entry requirements before applying. Please see our eligibility checklist, essential and desirable criteria, all listed on this website.

All applications are online through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology . You cannot apply directly to the Oxford Course.

 

Details of our entry requirements, including essential criteria and desirable criteria, are available on our admissions page of our website. Please see our eligibility checklist.

You must have the right to work in the UK, and be eligible for NHS funding for both tuition fee and salary support (standards are set by the bursary specifications) and Home Fee status. Further information regarding these can be found on the Clearing House website.

No. The Oxford course is fully funded by the NHS. However, there are some courses who do take self-funding applicants. Please check the Clearing House website for further details.

Yes. Due to the academic demands of Clinical Psychology training, it is expected that you will have achieved a first (1st) or upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent). Please see our Essential Criteria information.

Candidates who obtained their first degree in a subject other than psychology and go on to successfully complete a relevant Master’s level conversion course are welcome to apply. In this case, grades on conversion courses will be considered in place of those in a first degree, i.e. Merit as 2:1 and Distinction as 1st. If a candidate achieves a Pass grade in their Master’s level conversion course then unfortunately that does not reach requirements for eligibility for training.

You can apply, however any offer of a place would be conditional upon achieving a minimum of a 2:1 in your undergraduate psychology degree. You would also be required to meet all other essential criteria e.g. regarding clinical and research experience.

The lower age limit is determined by the need to have completed an undergraduate degree. There is no upper age limit and older applicants are welcome to apply. Age is a protected characteristic within the 2010 Equality Act so no course should discriminate on the basis of age. In Oxford, we are keen to encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply and welcome such applications.

This could apply if your Psychology degree does not meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). In this case you should apply for GBC yourself. If you have a degree in a subject other than Psychology you will need to take a BPS accredited Masters level conversion course. These are normally one-year full time or two-years part time. There is a list of accredited conversion courses on the BPS website.

If you have obtained your degree from outside the UK or Republic of Ireland, you will need to find out whether it meets the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is essential to have GBC for Clinical Psychology training, as it shows courses that your undergraduate degree contained a broad range of psychological knowledge. The BPS will automatically check whether your degree course meets the requirements for GBC if you apply to become a member. Please also note that we require evidence of English proficiency (Level 7.5 or above on the International Language Testing System IELTS - Academic, taken within two years of the planned start of study i.e. September 2022). Minimum standards for all courses are stated on the Clearing House website.

There are many ways of gaining relevant experience. We are looking for evidence that you would work well with people presenting with a wide range of different psychological needs, and that you could work with people of different backgrounds and life experiences. The Oxford Course is also looking for people who can work well in teams and people who can understand and operate within complex systems such as the NHS. An understanding

of the specific role of Clinical Psychology is valuable. This understanding is important not only because it prepares you well for Clinical Psychology training, but also because it will help you to be sure that Clinical Psychology is the right career for you. Relevant experience can be either paid or voluntary.

Examples of relevant work experience may include: Assistant Psychologist, Research Assistant, IAPT psychological wellbeing practitioner and some areas of Nursing and Social Work.

Please note that assessment of relevant experience occurs during the shortlisting stage of admissions (after assessment of eligibility to work and scoring of educational qualifications). We are unable to provide a statement of whether an applicant’s experience is sufficient outside of this system (e.g. via email correspondence).

Trainee Clinical Psychologists are appointed at the starting point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.

British Psychological Society (BPS): www.bps.org.uk

Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology: www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp

The Oxford Course does not rate the ranking or ‘prestige’ of the University in which a candidate achieved their degree from.

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has an accreditation process to assess whether degrees offered by UK universities cover sufficient psychology for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). If your qualifications are from a UK or Irish university and you are unsure whether they are accredited, please check with your institution where you undertook the degree or see the list of accredited qualifications on the BPS website. If, after checking, you are still unsure please contact the BPS for advice.

If your qualifications are not from a UK or Irish university please see the International Students section of the Clearing House website for further information about GBC.

Candidates do not need to have a Master’s level degree if they already have an undergraduate degree in Psychology that meets the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society. If a candidate has undertaken a Psychology Conversion Course this does need to be at Master’s level (achieving Merit or Distinction grade).

Yes. In all cases, applicants are required to provide transcripts / certificates of qualifications including grades attained as part of the application process and to be considered for selection. This includes A-level (or equivalent whether from UK or other countries), undergraduate, and where appropriate, postgraduate qualifications. Documents are to be submitted as scanned copies to us directly at admissions-oxicptr@hmc.ox.ac.uk

 

Candidates are also required to submit scanned copies of their relevant degree (meeting requirements for GBC) to the Clearing House as part of their application.

If you have lost / mislaid these documents then please contact your educational institution to acquire a duplicate copy. Please allow sufficient time for this process.

All candidates are required to bring their original transcripts with them if invited to interview.

We recommend that all potential applicants look at the Academic Scoring System on our website in order to view our scoring system. As part of the admissions process, the 300 candidates (approximately) with the highest educational scores will proceed to the shortlisting stage. The cut-off score is not disclosed as this changes each year in response to applications received.

Key points:

1. Candidates with ‘Level-3’ educational qualifications other than A-levels (e.g. International Baccalaureate / National Examinations / International Qualifications) will be scored accordingly, using agreed comparability with UK qualifications. We receive many applications from such candidates.

2. An Undergraduate degree at 2.1 level does receive zero points in the scoring system as this is required of all candidates.

3. A Postgraduate degree at Merit level does receive zero points in the scoring system.

4. The maximum total Academic Score is 40 points. It is important to note that this is the highest possible score, and does not represent the actual score of the majority of our successful candidates.

5. All applicants are required to provide proof of their qualifications as part of the admissions process.

All candidates require two references; one academic, and one relevant experience. The Clearing House website provides detailed information on this question at https://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/references.html.

This includes guidance on choosing who to ask to provide your reference, and advice including a factsheet and guide for those providing the reference. It may be helpful to review this information, and if appropriate, share with your indicated referees so that they are able to assess whether they are able to speak to the points contained within.

Please note the following guidance as per the Clearing House:

1. Academic references should, where possible, be from an academic institution where the person applying has studied. The academic referee should have direct experience of the applicant’s academic performance (i.e. competence in academic performance, academic study / scholarship, and research experience / performance).

2. Relevant experience referees should have direct experience of, and be able to comment on, the applicant’s performance in a relevant clinical context (and/or research context if appropriate). The experience reference should be from the applicant’s current employer where possible. Applicants may choose to use a previous employer as their experience referee if there is a good reason, e.g. they are not currently working in a relevant role, or have only worked in their current role for a few months, or their current employer can only provide a standard HR reference. However, candidates must explain why they are not using their current employer as their experience referee in the Personal Statements section of their application.

Yes. All Trainee Clinical Psychologists on the Oxford Course must be able to drive and have access to a car for the duration of the three-year training course, This forms part of your training contract. Placements are within the Thames Valley Region, and if necessary, beyond. There is often travel within the placement if it is community based.

Reasonable adjustments are made as required for those trainees with a disability that may prevent them from driving.

Clinical placements are located throughout the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, and can extend beyond these given placement availability. This should be borne in mind in organising living arrangements whilst on the course. University of Oxford regulations specify that students should live within 25 miles of the centre of Oxford unless permission is granted to reside further afield. Exceptional requests to live within the wider Thames Valley Region will be considered on a case by case basis by the Programme Director.