Candidate Specifications

  1. Entry requirements
  2. Nationality/residency requirements
  3. Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
  4. Overseas Qualifications
  5. Proof of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)  
  6. Applicants with a 2:2 class degree  
  7. If English is not your first language  
  8. Relevant work experience  
  9. UK Residents who are temporarily overseas

Entry RequirementsBack to top


To be eligible to apply through the EPFT scheme you must:

  • have a psychology degree (2:1 (‘upper second’) or above) or have completed an approved conversion course or a Master’s degree, AND be eligible for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You must have the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before the application deadline. If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC is not from the UK or Ireland, you will be required to enter your BPS membership number at the application stage (see below)
  • be able to demonstrate that you have gained a minimum of one year’s full-time (i.e. 37 hours a week for 52 weeks or part-time equivalent) experience working with children and young people within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This can be made up of all paid employment or at least nine months full-time equivalent paid employment and the equivalent of three months sustained relevant voluntary experience. Any additional paid/voluntary experience over the one-year minimum requirement should also be included
  • have permission to work in England for the duration of the course and for at least two years after completing the course. If you are uncertain of your immigration status you should contact the Home Office at: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi-inside-outside-uk
  • satisfy the nationality/residency requirements

Nationality & Residency RequirementsBack to top


The residency requirements for the funded scheme are harmonised with Student Finance eligibility. You can find their residency criteria here: Student finance: Eligibility - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

EU Candidates

The following guidance has been published by the DfE for EU citizens wishing to apply. These guidelines come into effect from the 2021 intake onwards. 

British Nationals in Hong Kong and UK nationals in British Overseas Territories

The following resources are available for those holding BNO passports, or UK nationals in British Overseas Territories: 

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)Back to top


To be eligible for the GBC of the British Psychological Society you must have one of the following: 

  • acquired a qualification in psychology (usually a Bachelor (Honours) degree) which has been approved by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for GBC
  • undertaken an appropriate British Psychological Society accredited conversion course
  • passed the British Psychological Society Qualifying Examination   

Academic qualifications awarded in the Republic of Ireland that confer eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) are also recognised for GBC.    

You do not have to be a member of the BPS to apply for the EPFT scheme if you hold qualifications accredited by the BPS or the PSI that confer eligibility for the GBC.    

If you were awarded your psychology degree by a university in the UK or the Republic of Ireland but are unsure whether you are eligible for GBC, please contact the BPS for advice on 0116 254 9568 or emailing enquiries@bps.org.uk. Alternatively, a full list of the accredited undergraduate courses can be found on the BPS website: www.bps.org.uk/public/become-psychologist.

Overseas QualificationsBack to top


If you obtained some or all of your required qualifications overseas you will need to obtain confirmation that you are eligible for GBC, usually through the process of applying successfully to the BPS for Graduate Membership. Further details can be found on the BPS website: www.bps.org.uk. When applying for an EPFT place you must enter your BPS membership number and provide evidence that you are eligible for GBC membership of the BPS. Further details can be found either on their website: www.bps.org.uk, or by contacting their Partnerships and Accreditations Team (PACT) on 0116 252 9563 or emailing pact@bps.org.uk.  

Proof of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)Back to top


You must have completed the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before the application deadline. If you are shortlisted for interview by a university, you will be required to bring written confirmation of your eligibility for GBC to your interview. A letter confirming your eligibility from the director of the relevant degree course or from the BPS is acceptable evidence.  

Applicants with a 2:2 degreeBack to top


Some universities may accept an application if you hold a 2:2 (‘lower second’) degree. In this case you must have both extensive experience and completed further professional development. You should consult with your chosen universities before applying if you hold a 2:2.

If English is not your first languageBack to top


A good command of written and spoken English is essential. If your first language is not English, you must be able to provide recent evidence in your application form that your spoken and written command of English is of the required standard. The only acceptable English qualification for the course is the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic.  An overall grade of at least 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each of the sub-tests, is required.    

You must complete the application form and references in English.  

Relevant Work ExperienceBack to top


Universities will expect you to have the equivalent of a minimum of one year’s full-time experience of working with children and young people within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This can consist solely of paid employment or a combination of at least nine months full-time (or equivalent) paid employment and the equivalent of three months full-time sustained relevant voluntary experience. For these purposes, ‘one year full-time’ would usually be taken to mean at least 37 hours per week for 52 weeks. Thus, someone working part-time for 18.5 hours a week would usually require two years’ employment to meet the ‘one year full-time equivalent’ requirement.  

Relevant work experience overseas will be considered as part of your application.  

University course requirements may vary slightly. Therefore, before completing your application we advise that you read the guidance on the websites of the institutions that you are interested in.    

Universities will be looking for knowledge and understanding of: 

  • the UK education system
  • application of psychological theories 

UK Residents who are temporarily overseasBack to top


If you are a UK resident who is temporarily travelling or working abroad you can apply for an EPFT scheme place. You must be able to attend an interview in person if invited. However, if you are currently living overseas you must be able to satisfy the   nationality/eligibility requirements in order to be eligible for funding.