Our part time training route

Aims of our part time route

Our part time route through training is designed to ensure parity between full time and part time trainees while widening access to training for those unable to work and study on a full time basis.

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.

How part time offers work

Our funders (Health Education England) have placed a cap of 6 places on the part time (PT) route in order to trial the process and assess demand for this approach. As such we do not have any flexibility to increase places on this route. We have a process in place to ensure fairness when making PT offers as detailed below.

The selections process is identical for both routes. At no point are arbitrary value judgements made about who is ‘deserving’ of a PT place – selection continues to be based solely on an individual’s potential for clinical psychology training. We do not look at what route people have applied for until after we have chosen candidates to fill our commissioned places at interview. At this point there are a few potential outcomes: -

Exactly 6 people in the top 29 (based on 2020 commissions) scorers at interview applied for a PT place: -

  • All people in the top 29 get a place on their chosen route

Fewer than 6 people in the top 29 scorers at interview applied for a PT place: -

  • All people in the top 29 get a place on their chosen route
  • The programme runs with a smaller PT cohort

More than 6 people in the top 29 scorers at interview applied for a PT place: -

  • We would offer the top 6 scoring PT applicants at interview a PT place
  • Those PT applicants in the top 29 but not in the top 6 PT applicants would have the option to take up a full time (FT) place or defer entry until the following year with a guaranteed PT place (although we would not be able to guarantee that funding arrangements would be the same at that point)
  • If more than 12 of the top 29 have applied for a PT place (meaning we would be unable to provide deferred places for all those who did not get a place immediately), those with the lowest scores would not be given the option to defer but would still be able to take up a FT place
  • PT applicants who accept a FT place will be expected to complete the programme on the FT route unless there is a significant change in their circumstances

Someone in the top 29 declines an offer or defers entry

  • If this opens up a PT place, we would first offer this to any applicants in the top 29 who had originally applied for a PT place but had chosen FT or deferral (in order of interview score)
  • We will then offer to the next person on the reserve list following any changes to the PT cohort list
  • If the applicant being offered to from the reserve list is a PT applicant and no PT places exist, the process outlined above would be followed

Do I have more chance getting a place full time or part time?

Our selection process means that scoring in the top 29 (based on 2020 commission numbers) will result in an offer regardless of the route you choose. There is no advantage or disadvantage to chosing a specific route if you are able to take up either. As such we strongly advise you to apply for the route that best fits your individual circumstances.