Educational Psychology Funded Training (EPFT) scheme
Interested in a career in Educational Psychology?
This is a webinar for prospective Educational Psychology trainees, giving an introduction to the application and training process in England (EPFT).
Date: 1st September 2022
Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm
The 2023 Educational Psychology Funded Training (EPFT) scheme provides government funding in partnership with employers for 203 trainee educational psychologists. It is a five year commitment made up of a three-year doctorate degree course, followed, by a period of employment immediately after graduation as an educational psychologist within a local authority (or alternative setting which supports the statutory work within a local authority) within England for at least two years. If you do not complete the training course or if you fail to spend the two years immediately after graduation employed as an educational psychologist within a local authority, or in a capacity which supports the statutory work of a local authority service, in England you may have to repay some or all of the funding associated with your training place.
The Department for Education (DfE) works with the participating universities to manage the funded element of the EPFT scheme. The Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) hosts and administers the online application process. The participating universities, in partnership with employers, are responsible for selection of the successful applicants. Employers also offer practice placements in years two and three.
The information on this page concerning availability of funding and eligibility requirements has been supplied by the DfE. The AEP is not in a position to offer definitive advice on funding matters. If the information on this page does not address your specific circumstances adequately, then you should seek further advice and guidance directly from the DfE. However, you should be aware that the DfE are unable to assist on queries relating to your nationality or immigration status. If your query relates to these, you should contact the Home Office.
There are 203 places under the EPFT scheme available starting in September 2023. A breakdown of the total number of places per university, and links to the individual university course pages, are below. Applicants can apply to a maximum of THREE of the courses listed below through the EPFT scheme.
|University||Number of places|
|University of East Anglia||15|
|University of Sheffield||18|
|University of Nottingham||16|
|University of Birmingham||18|
|University of Manchester||24|
|Institute of Education||16|
|Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust||16|
|University College, London||16|
|University of East London||16|
|University of Southampton||16|
The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for funding the EPFT scheme.
Under the EPFT scheme, funding allocated to successful candidates covers tuition fees for all three years of the course, and a bursary for the first year, all of which will be paid to the university by the DfE on the candidate's behalf.
Applicants should note:
Application Start Date:
Wednesday 14th September 2022 (midday)
Tuesday 15th November 2022 (5pm)
Wednesday 16th November 2022 (5pm)
Interviewing and Shortlisting Deadline:
Wednesday 15th March 2023 (5pm)
Wednesday 22nd March 2023 (midday)
Candidates will have 7 days from receiving an offer to accept or decline an EPFT place.
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