FAQs

  1. Can I defer my entry?
  2. Are part-time and fast track routes available?
  3. Can I apply if I have a criminal conviction?
  4. What is the process for applicants with disabilities?
  5. What happens if I withdraw my application?
  6. Can I defer my employment at the end of training?
  7. What if I have long-term absence from the course? (over three months including sickness and maternity leave)
  8. Do I need a teaching qualification or experience?
  9. Can I apply if my psychology undergraduate qualification was acquired abroad?
  10. Can I practise in the UK if I am an internationally qualified Educational Psychologist, or will I need to complete the doctorate?
  11. Is there an age limit to applying for an EPFT place?
  12. How likely is it that government funding for Educational Psychology training will continue?
  13. I am starting my conversion course in September, can I apply for the 2022 intake? / I’m in my third year of my psychology degree, can I apply for the 2022 intake?
  14. Where will my practice placements be in years two and three? Or can I choose a practice placement close to home?

Can I defer my entry? Back to top

 


The high demand for EPFT places means that deferred entry is not possible.

 

Are part-time and fast track routes available? Back to top

 


At present, educational psychology and EPFT funding is available only as a full-time three-year course. 

 

Can I apply if I have a criminal conviction? Back to top

 


All courses involve work with children, so if you are successful in your application you will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal record check organised by the university. More information on the DBS check can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service .  

If you have any concerns about what information the DBS check will reveal you should raise this with the university.

Please note, if you have convictions it may prevent you from being accepted on the EPFT programme.  Should you reach the shortlisting stage a decision regarding your application will be considered on a case by case basis, in consultation with programme directors and Principal Educational Psychologists (PEPs).

 

What is the process for applicants with disabilities? Back to top

 


If you have a disability it is suggested that you contact the university before you apply to ascertain how they can best meet your needs. You should do this at the earliest opportunity to allow universities sufficient time to make any necessary arrangements.  

 

What happens if I withdraw my application? Back to top

 


Should you want to withdraw your submitted application prior to accepting an offer then you must do this by the online system. If you withdraw you will not be able to submit a second application in the same year. The AEP will hold your information until the close of the application year.

 

Can I defer my employment at the end of training? Back to top

 


Waiving of the obligation to seek employment as an educational psychologist, in England, for at least two years after qualifying is only possible under exceptional circumstances. Extended travel or gap years do not count as exceptional circumstances.

 

What if I have long-term absence from the course? (over three months including sickness and maternity leave) Back to top

 


In the event that a long-term absence results in your needing to repeat an academic year, there is no guarantee that the course will still be running at the establishment you were previously studying at when you return from your absence. 

 

Do I need a teaching qualification or experience? Back to top

 


There is no longer a requirement to have a teaching qualification, although work experience of the education system is valued by course directors.

 

Can I apply if my psychology undergraduate qualification was acquired abroad? Back to top

 


If you acquired some or all of your qualifications abroad, the British Psychological Society will be able to advise you if they are eligible for BPS Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). They can be contacted at www.bps.org.uk or on +44 (0) 116 254 9568.

 

Can I practise in the UK if I am an internationally qualified Educational Psychologist, or will I need to complete the doctorate? Back to top

 


The Health and Care Professions Council will be able to advise you, they can be contact via their website www.hcpc-uk.org or on +44 (0) 845 300 6184.

 

Is there an age limit to applying for an EPFT place? Back to top

 


There is no age limit. For more information on this please visit www.aep.org.uk/training/reporting.

 

How likely is it that government funding for Educational Psychology training will continue? Back to top

 


The cost of the training is currently split between the Department for Education and employers (local authorities, private educational services and schools).

The DfE has agreed to commission educational psychology training up to the 2022 intake. We expect to receive further information on the 2023+ intakes between late 2022 and mid-2023.

 

I am starting my conversion course in September, can I apply for the 2022 intake? / I’m in my third year of my psychology degree, can I apply for the 2022 intake? Back to top

 


The high demand for EPFT places means that it is not possible to make any conditional offers. You must have completed the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before the application deadline.

 

Where will my practice placements be in years two and three? Or can I choose a practice placement close to home? Back to top

 


Practice placement vary each year, as the course is dependent on local educational psychology services and school partnerships providing a placement plus a bursary or salary. These would ordinarily be in:

  • Local Authority Educational Psychology Services
  • School partnerships
  • Other Educational Psychology Services
We would also recommend you contact the university (s) you are thinking of applying to, as they will be able to advice you on where their placements are commonly available. It is sometimes possible because of the consortia arrangements, that if you’re on a course some distance from you family, to request a practice placement closer to home. For example, if you are at the University of Nottingham, but your family is in Cumbria, the University of Nottingham on your behalf can approach Manchester to see if there are any placements in Cumbria. This isn’t guaranteed, and you will not be able to transfer university as the course content and awarding bodies vary.

Trainees are able to express their preferences and most universities have practice placement panels, which try as best as they can to accommodate these.