Langdale Williamson Park Graduation

Information for Applicants

Welcome to the applicants' pages and thank you for considering Lancaster as a place for your clinical training. The Lancaster admissions process is slightly different from many others and so we have outlined our current processes in detail and shown how you can submit a successful application.

Lancaster University has been consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the UK by The Times, The Guardian and the Complete University Guide. The Lancaster University programme is proud to be located in a very beautiful part of the country, with easy links to the Lake District and the Trough of Bowland. From our specific programme perspective we are also proud of the developments we have made over the years to try and make our programme as supportive, responsive and appropriate to current training needs as possible.

In terms of our values, doing our best to ensure equal access to clinical training for all individuals has been at the heart of the development of Lancaster's admissions and selections policies over the years. We firmly believe that no-one should be excluded from the opportunity to train as a clinical psychologist because of their ethnicity, sexuality, financial circumstances, age or gender. We also believe that every reasonable adjustment, to help those disabled by society to meet the Health and Care Professions Council standards of proficiency for practitioner clinical psychologists, must be made.

Please see the Health and Care Professions Council guidance: 'A disabled person's guide to becoming a health professional'.

Although we can't put a direct link to this, you might also want to take a look at the alternative handbook published by the BPS to see what it says about the Lancaster programme. This might be useful in guiding your choice of training programme.

If you are accepted onto this clinical psychology training programme then you will be a salaried member of the NHS (band 6) for the duration of your training. You will also be registered as a full time postgraduate student at Lancaster University but you will earn approximately 25,783 p.a. in your first year of training, rising to 27,901 in your third year (late 2013 figures). Please be prepared for the need to travel some distance to placements, and within placements during the working day, as our placements are located over a wide geographical area.

The Lancaster DClinPsy Online Handbook has detailed, step by step information about our selection and admissions process. It covers topics mentioned briefly on these web pages in much more depth and will help you make an informed decision about whether to apply to study and work with us.


Please note that all applications to the programme must be made through the Clearing House.

Full details of our applications and selections process are here.

At the moment, we expect to welcome 24 trainees into the 2014 intake.

The start date for the 2014 intake will be Monday 1st September 2014.

Selection Process

The selection process takes place over 4 stages. The first stage is a check that applicants satisfy our entry criteria (for details follow link above), at stage two we ask all those who meet the criteria to sit a written task online. This task looks for skills in written communication and for the ability to synthesise information into a coherent and concise argument. There is a small knowledge and skills element to the task. We have been asked why we prioritise written communication by ensuring that all proceeding to the next stage have passed the test. The answer is that written communication and the ability to synthesise information is essential to successful completion of the programme. It is not more important than the potential to develop (or already possess) clinical skills. Stage three, the selection event, ensures that all offered a place on the programme have these skills and/or the potential to develop them. We hope our written task doesn't discourage potential applicants who have been out of education for some time or those with dyslexia. We give extra time on the test to all who inform us that they have dyslexia in advance. We know that applicants with dyslexia often pass the test and those offered a place complete the programme successfully. We encourage all applicants to use the examples of previous tests on the website to practise before taking it. Stage four occurs after an informal offer of a place and consists of checks and NHS references. After satisfactory completion of stage 4, a formal offer of a place is made. More information is provided in the pages detailing our applications and selections process.

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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