Introduction to the Admissions Process

Over 440 people applied for one of the 24 places on the Lancaster DClinPsy programme in 2015. Almost all took an online general mental ability test and around 84 people progressed to the selection event. Although the process of obtaining a place on the Lancaster DClinPsy is very competitive, the admissions process is specifically designed to widen participation in the profession of clinical psychology. A screening task replaces rating information given on the application form (such as the number of years spent in relevant employment or in academia) as it is easier for those who are not economically disadvantaged to spend several years in low paid jobs and/or to fund themselves through postgraduate education. The programme is looking for individuals who can demonstrate, during the admissions process, those competencies and values that will lead them to become excellent clinical psychologists. The programme hopes they will bring skills, personal qualities and knowledge from a wide variety of life experiences. Programme staff strive to ensure that all individuals have equal access to clinical psychology training and believe that no-one should be excluded from the opportunity to train because of their ethnicity, sexuality, financial circumstances, religious belief, age or gender. The programme believes in making every reasonable adjustment to enable those who are disabled by society to access the training programme. The competencies required were developed from a national job analysis exercise in 2011 which included surveys of qualified clinical psychologists acting as supervisors, teachers and programme staff, service users and carers and trainee clinical psychologists.

The competencies are designed to underpin the Health and Care Professions Council's (HCPC's) Standards of Proficiency for Clinical Psychologists (SoPs), the values of the NHS Constitution, the HCPC's standards for student conduct and ethics and the skills, knowledge and values specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Full details of our admissions process for applicants are on our programme website.

The HCPC Standards of Proficiency for practitioner psychologists
BPS Accreditation through partnership handbook
The HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students
Lancaster University Equality and Diversity policy
Lancaster University Disability Strategy
LCFT Transformation and Equality Statement of Intent 2012-2015
HCPC's guidance: 'A disabled person's guide to becoming a health professional'