Application process for the part time route
Applicants to the programme are able to apply to either full time or part time route but are not be able to apply to both. The route must be selected when submitting an application to the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology (CHPCCP). The programme offers up to 6 part time places at 0.7 FTE.
The programme's selection process for full time and part time trainees does not differ, with the same academic and clinical requirements sought. Applications are screened and potential trainees interviewed using the same methodology and at the same time. Commencement of the programme is also be simultaneous. As such, all information on these pages regarding our approach to selections and related deadline dates apply regardless of the chosen training route. The process for offering part time places following our selections process is noted below.
Practice-base learning / placements on the part time route
Trainees on both routes are required to complete the same number of days undertaking practice-based learning over the course of the programme. As well as duration, the same requirements are in place in terms of the number of placements on both routes (currently consisting of Child, Adult, Learning Disability, Older Adult/Health/Neuropsychology, and an in depth specialist final placement). Trainees on both routes have the opportunity to include short innovative placements (providing input into services beyond normal NHS clinical psychology provision) as part of their placement experience.
Teaching on the part time route
The curriculum for full time and part time trainees is equivalent. Part time trainees attend the same teaching sessions as full time trainees although they do so with two different full time cohorts of trainees as their teaching is spread out over a greater time period. Teaching which aligns with the current practice-based learning placement speciality is provided for both routes to ensure that trainees are appropriately supported to meet their learning outcomes and their placement supervisor's expectations of performance are appropriate and consistent.
Assessment on the part time route
Both full time and part time trainees are required to complete the same assessments during their time on the programme. Trainees are provided with the same amount of study time to complete assessments regardless of route. Assessments are placed at appropriate points of training to ensure that trainee learning and development is comparable across full time and part time routes when each assessment is undertaken.
More information is available in our online handbook about the structure of teaching and placements on the part time route.