- Entry Requirements
- Nationality/residency requirements
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
- Overseas Qualifications
- Proof of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
- Applicants with a 2:2 class degree
- If English is not your first language
- Relevant work experience
- UK Residents who are temporarily overseas
- Deferred entry
- Part-time and fast track routes
- Criminal convictions
- Applicants with disabilities
- Withdrawal of applications
- Deferral of employment at the end of training
- Long-term absence from the course (over three months including sickness and maternity leave)
To be eligible to apply through the EPFT scheme you must:
- have a psychology degree (2:1 (‘upper second’) or above) or have completed an approved conversion course or a Master’s degree, AND be eligible for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You must have the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before the application deadline. If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC is not from the UK or Ireland, you will be required to enter your BPS membership number at the application stage (see below)
- be able to demonstrate that you have gained a minimum of one year’s full-time (i.e. 37 hours a week for 52 weeks or part-time equivalent) experience working with children and young people within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This can be made up of all paid employment or at least nine months full-time equivalent paid employment and the equivalent of three months sustained relevant voluntary experience. Any additional paid/voluntary experience over the one-year minimum requirement should also be included
- have permission to work in England for the duration of the course and for at least two years after completing the course. If you are uncertain of your immigration status you should contact the Home Office at: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk
- satisfy the nationality/residency requirements
From the 2021 intake, the residency requirements have been updated. EU citizens wishing to apply will need to meet the guidelines discussed in the links below:
Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
To be eligible for the GBC of the British Psychological Society you must have one of the following:
- acquired a qualification in psychology (usually a Bachelor (Honours) degree) which has been approved by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for GBC
- undertaken an appropriate British Psychological Society accredited conversion course
- passed the British Psychological Society Qualifying Examination
Academic qualifications awarded in the Republic of Ireland that confer eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) are also recognised for GBC.
You do not have to be a member of the BPS to apply for the EPFT scheme if you hold qualifications accredited by the BPS or the PSI that confer eligibility for the GBC.
If you were awarded your psychology degree by a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland but are unsure whether you are eligible for GBC, please contact the BPS for advice on 0116 254 9568 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, a full list of the accredited undergraduate courses can be found on the BPS website: www.bps.org.uk/public/become-psychologist.
If you obtained some or all of your required qualifications overseas you will need to obtain confirmation that you are eligible for GBC, usually through the process of applying successfully to the BPS for Graduate Membership. Further details can be found on the BPS website: www.bps.org.uk. When applying for an EPFT place you must enter your BPS membership number and provide evidence that you are eligible for GBC membership of the BPS. Further details can be found either on their website: www.bps.org.uk, or by contacting their Partnerships and Accreditations Team (PACT) on 0116 252 9563 or emailing email@example.com.
Proof of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
You must have completed the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before the application deadline. If you are shortlisted for interview by a university, you will be required to bring written confirmation of your eligibility for GBC to your interview. A letter confirming your eligibility from the director of the relevant degree course or from the BPS is acceptable evidence.
Applicants with a 2:2 class degree
Some universities may accept an application if you hold a 2:2 (‘lower second’) degree. In this case you must have both extensive experience and completed further professional development. You should consult with your chosen universities before applying if you hold a 2:2.
If English is not your first language
A good command of written and spoken English is essential. If your first language is not English, you must be able to provide recent evidence in your application form that your spoken and written command of English is of the required standard. The only acceptable English qualification for the course is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic. An overall grade of at least 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each of the sub-tests, is required.
You must complete the application form and references in English.
Relevant work experience
Universities will expect you to have the equivalent of a minimum of one year’s full-time experience of working with children and young people within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This can consist solely of paid employment or a combination of at least nine months full-time (or equivalent) paid employment and the equivalent of three months full-time sustained relevant voluntary experience. For these purposes, ‘one year full-time’ would usually be taken to mean at least 37 hours per week for 52 weeks. Thus, someone working part-time for 18.5 hours a week would usually require two years’ employment to meet the ‘one year full-time equivalent’ requirement.
Relevant work experience overseas will be considered as part of your application.
University course requirements may vary slightly. Therefore, before completing your application we advise that you read the guidance on the websites of the institutions that you are interested in.
Universities will be looking for knowledge and understanding of:
- the UK education system
- application of psychological theories
UK Residents who are temporarily overseas
If you are a UK resident who is temporarily travelling or working abroad you can apply for an EPFT scheme place. You must be able to attend an interview in person if invited. However, if you are currently living overseas you must be able to satisfy the nationality/eligibility requirements in order to be eligible for funding.
The high demand for EPFT places means that deferred entry is not possible.
Part-time and fast track routes
As present, educational psychology and EPFT funding is available only as a full-time three-year course.
All courses involve work with children, so if you are successful in your application you will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check organised by the university. More information on the DBS check can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service .
If you have any concerns about what information the DBS check will reveal you should raise this with the university.
Please note, if you have convictions it may prevent you from being accepted on the EPFT programme. Should you reach the shortlisting stage a decision regarding your application will be considered on a case by case basis, in consultation with programme directors and Principal Educational Psychologists (PEPs).
Applicants with disabilities
If you have a disability it is suggested that you contact the university before you apply to ascertain how they can best meet your needs. You should do this at the earliest opportunity to allow universities sufficient time to make any necessary arrangements.
Withdrawal of applications
Should you want to withdraw your submitted application prior to accepting an offer then you must do this by the online system. If you withdraw you will not be able to submit a second application in the same year. The AEP will hold your information until the close of the application year.
Deferral of employment at the end of training
Waiving of the obligation to seek employment as an educational psychologist, in England, for at least two years after qualifying is only possible under exceptional circumstances. Extended travel or gap years do not count as exceptional circumstances.
Long-term absence from the course (over three months including sickness and maternity leave)
In the event that a long-term absence results in your needing to repeat an academic year, there is no guarantee that the course will still be running at the establishment you were previously studying at when you return from your absence.