Langdale Williamson Park Graduation

Our selection and admissions process

Our programme does differ from other programmes so please read this information carefully so you know what to expect if you apply to Lancaster. Every aspect of our selection procedure has been designed to provide reliable ratings of candidates' competencies and to increase equality of opportunity. We have a four stage process:

Stage 1: Application via Clearing House
(366 people in 2014)

Application forms, including references, are checked to ensure that they meet minimum entry requirements and applicants are then contacted to inform them how they may progress to stage 2.

Minimum entry requirements are Graduate Basis for Chartership of the British Psychological Society (GBC status) and English language proficiency at IELTS level 7 or above.

Please see further information on Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society.

Applicants from outside the European Union must meet the same eligibility requirements as those specified by the NHS Bursary Scheme. Candidates who have been successful during the selection process but who do not meet these criteria cannot be offered a place on the Lancaster DClinPsy Programme. Candidates should check this, in advance of any application, on the NHS Bursary Scheme website.

Stage 2: An online written task

The programme will be conducting an online written assessment this year. The programme will offer all applicants who progress to stage 2 the opportunity to take the written task online on Thursday 13th February, 2014.

More information on the written task.

Stage 3: Selection Event
2 meetings and ability testing comprising 5 activities
(for approximately 70 Applicants)

The process will be in three parts; a 45 minute meeting which comprises an interview and a clinical simulation task, a 45 minute meeting which comprises a presentation and a problem solving task, and a supervised general mental ability test. There will be a prepared component (the presentation) and unprepared components. The panels for both interview and presentation meetings will be made up of programme staff, local clinical psychologists, members of our public involvement network (LUPIN), and current Lancaster trainees.

The top 24 candidates will be offered places informally and a further 10-20 placed on a reserve list.

More information on the selection event.

Stage 4: Checks and formal offer
(24 places expected in 2014)

NHS references

We are required to ask for a recent reference from an applicant's current employer using Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust forms and will do so by email immediately after a verbal offer of a place has been made. Applicants are required to note their current employer plus the relevant contact details as part of the process of signing in to the selection event. A second referee will also be required. This may be a previous employer or any other nominated person. A formal offer of a place on the programme cannot be made until these are received and deemed satisfactory.

FAQs for NHS References

Q: Who should I put as a referee?
A: At least one of your references should come from your current employer.

Q: I am currently unemployed. Who should I put as a referee in the place of a current employer?
A: Please provide details for your last employer.

Q: I am currently a student and do not have a current employer. Who should I include as my referee?
A: You should provide details for your relevant tutor.

Q: What do I do if I have been in the current post only a few weeks?
A: If you have been in your current post less than three months then your second referee must be from your previous employer.

Q: What is the turnaround time for the NHS Trust references?
A: The formal offer cannot be made until we have 2 satisfactory references on NHS Trust reference forms. It is the applicants' responsibility to chase late references. You might want to let your referees know that this request will be coming so they can prioritise it. We will email the forms to facilitate a swift return.

Q: Can I nominate the same referees I had via the Clearing House?
A: Yes, providing that one is a current employer.

Details of the offer process are included in the Selection section of the Online Handbook.

DClinPsy Insight

The Lancaster Course look to recruit you as a person and allow you the freedom and space to develop into the type of clinical psychologist you want to be

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