Disabilities and equal opportunities

Our approach to support

We use contextual admissions processes to help to mitigate socio-economic disadvantage as part of our screening process.

If you need support to access our selections procedure or feel that any aspect of our process would put you at a disadvantage due to a disability, we will work with you to mitigate these issues and ensure that you are given a fair opportunity to show your potential.

Contextual admissions

At the point of screening we give applicants the opportunity to answer a variety of questions which allow us to understand more about you as an individual and put your performance on our screening test into context. This process is referred to as Contextual Admissions. It is a way of mitigating the negative effects of socio-economic disadvantage by allowing us to identify individuals who have the motivation and potential to become a Clinical Psychologist and who may otherwise be overlooked. It aids us in making fairer decisions that recognise future potential as well as putting past achievements, including scores on the screening test, into a wider context for that individual.

Applicants are under no obligation to answer the questions - it is entirely optional. We will use the contextal admissions data provided in order to identify candidates who have closely missed out on interview who may benefit from us assessing their application and their performance on the screening tests in a wider context. We may subsequently choose to extend an offer of interview. Any information provided will only be used for the purposes of selecting candidates to progress to our selection event. We do not store this information following the completion of the selection process.

Support for people with a disability

We use ability testing to shortlist our applicants for interview. This is intended to discriminate between people - i.e. to show up differences where these are real. What they should not do is discriminate unfairly. The test provider has extensively baselined the tests we use to ensure that through the use of additional time, people with disabilities such as dyslexia and discalculia are not disadvantaged.

We follow the British Psychological Society guidance when making adjustments to our tests to ensure that our testing process does not unfairly discriminate. We make the test providers recommended time adjustment on the declaration of a disability which would impact on the candidates ability to perform in the tests. Where an applicant requests additional time beyond this, we require the applicant to provide suitable recommendations from a Chartered Psychologist with expertise in this area who can advise on the type and degree of modification that might be needed. This is to ensure that no arbitrary decisions are implemented which would impact on the fairness of the shortlisting process for all applicants.

Where a disability impacts on an applicants' ability to interact with the shortlisting tests via a computer, we will assess their requirements on a case by case basis in order to ensure that the approach taken is fair to all applicants.

Our current shortlisting process has been very successful in achieving increased diversity within our cohorts and greater participation in training by applicants with disabilities (see our equality data for more information).