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Education providers

If you are a provider of an accredited education or training programme, or wish to become one, explore more information to help guide you.

Accreditation documents

Undergraduate, conversion, and integrated Masters programmes

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits

Associate Psychologists

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested Questions for Partnership Visits
  • Coming soon

Children and Young People (CYP) programmes

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below.

New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
  • Coming soon

Suggested questions for partnership visits
  • Coming soon

Clinical Psychology

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below.

New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits
Additional guidance

Clinical Neuropsychology

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Use the following forms to apply for accreditation of a new post-qualification programme:

Use the following forms to apply for accreditation of a new post-qualification programme:

Use this form to apply for accreditation of a new post-qualification programme:

For information regarding these documents please contact us.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits

Coaching Psychology

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below.

New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Counselling Psychology

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits
Additional guidance

Educational Psychology – England, Northern Ireland, and Wales

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits

Educational Psychology - Scotland

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluatation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits
Additional guidance

Forensic Psychology

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits

Health Psychology

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits

Occupational Psychology

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits

Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners

Our processes
Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits
Additional guidance

Sport and Exercise Psychology

Our processes

Our standards
Self-evaluation questionnaires

Please contact the Partnership and Accreditation Team prior to completing the new programme self-evaluation questionnaire below. New providers will be issued with a bespoke staff-student ratio data capture template spreadsheet. Existing providers will be issued a revised template spreadsheet.

Visit timetables
Suggested questions for partnership visits
Frequently asked questions
  • What types of programmes does the BPS accredit?

    We accredit undergraduate, conversion and postgraduate courses and training programmes. The society's accreditation process is open to all UK providers, and covers provision delivered in the UK and internationally.

    At undergraduate level the society accredits a range of single, joint and combined honours courses leading to eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).

    Conversion courses are intended for graduates with a non-accredited undergraduate degree who wish to obtain GBC.

    At postgraduate level, the society accredits psychology courses relating to the different routes to Chartered Membership. These include:

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Counselling Psychology
    • Forensic Psychology
    • Educational Psychology
    • Health Psychology
    • Occupational Psychology
    • Sport and Exercise Psychology

    These areas also correspond with the seven domains of practice regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

    We also accredit training programmes in clinical neuropsychology, a post-qualification specialism.

    The society also accredits training programmes designed to prepare people for roles within the wider psychological workforce, including courses for people training to be a psychological wellbeing practitioner (PWP).

  • What are the benefits of accreditation?

    There are a lot of reasons why gaining accreditation can be beneficial both for students and education providers:

    • it is a mark of quality that prospective students and employers understand and value;
    • it gives graduates the opportunity to gain Graduate and/or Chartered Membership of the society;
    • it keeps open the widest range of training, development and employment opportunities for graduates;
    • it is a high-quality benchmarking process that is defined and delivered in partnership with psychologists and other highly skilled and experienced psychological practitioners;
    • it is aimed at getting the best out of programmes, through promoting psychological science and practice, ensuring quality and providing solution-focused support;
    • it provides a direct opportunity for education providers and students to influence the society, and its policies for the future.

    Providers may use the society’s ‘accredited’ logo in their promotional and marketing materials, and should contact [email protected] for further information.

  • What is the cost of accreditation?

    Accreditation through partnership is funded through a combination of annual subscriptions, charged to each Department that offers accredited programme(s), and fees to contribute to the costs of undertaking on site visits.

  • Does the BPS accredit programmes delivered outside of the UK?

    The society has approved the extension of our existing standards and processes to cover transnational education, i.e. programmes that are delivered by UK institutions outside of the UK.

    Accreditation is limited to those UK providers who have successfully graduated at least one cohort of UK students, and to provision that is delivered in the English language.

    Providers have been asked to advise the society of any provision of this kind that is either running currently, or that is in development, so that we can plan our schedule of accreditation visits.

    Guidance on accrediting programmes outside of the UK can be found in our Accreditation Documents.

    If you are involved in developing provision outside of the UK please contact us for further information.

  • Is it possible to study outside of the UK as part of an accredited programme?

    Our accreditation standards allow students to undertake up to one third of the credits for their accredited programme outside of the UK.

    However, the availability of study abroad opportunities will depend on a number of factors, including the relationships that the UK education provider has in place with international partner universities, and the processes they have in place to risk assess potential international study placements or exchange opportunities.

    The education provider will also need to be satisfied with the content of the study to be undertaken outside of the UK – will it effectively support students’ progression when they return to the UK, and will students still be able to cover the curriculum required for accreditation in full by the time they complete their degree? Because of this, study abroad opportunities may not be available to all students.

Notification has been sent to providers informing them that all acceptable reasonable adjustments (that adhere to the BPS Covid-19 guidance) may remain in place.

In line with this, and for monitoring purposes, we are requesting that all providers read the following guidance, and complete and return the Fast-Track Form: Covid-19 Academic session 2020-2021. There is also an FAQ to assist with any queries that you may have.

During these exceptional times we will continue to work to offer flexibility and support to programmes, institutions, and trainees so that they can continue to operate.

The following documents provide clarity and guidance on alternative arrangements that may be required by providers affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

This guidance will continue to apply during the next academic session 2020/2021.

As the situation develops we will continue to provide further guidance and will work with our accredited providers to find solutions that support progression whilst maintaining quality.