The Society’s Qualifications Team offers a range of professional qualifications which enable you to undertake your training flexibly, within a structured and supportive framework.
Our qualifications have been designed to allow you to use your current role to gain the required competencies, through supervised practice, in order to enhance your skills in applied psychology and take your career to the next level, while also balancing family and work commitments.
Our qualifications are approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the regulatory body for psychology in the UK and which serves to protect practitioner psychologist titles and the training routes to registration. Successful completion of a HCPC-approved qualification leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the Council.
Although the Society does not confer doctoral degrees, the level of its qualifications is congruent with the Quality Assurance Agency’s descriptor for Doctoral (D) level qualifications and with the Level 12 descriptors within the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, and candidates on Society qualifications are assessed against doctoral level standards.
The Society also offers a post-doctoral Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) for those who have completed an accredited doctorate in clinical or educational psychology.
We offer qualifications in the following applied areas. For more information, please click on one of the links below.
The cost will depend on the qualification that you undertake.
Further details can be found on each qualification webpage.
Different payment options are available, and you may also be able to negotiate some financial support from your employer.
We offer a range of qualifications which are intended, in most cases, for those who have graduated with a Society accredited undergraduate psychology degree or conversion course, and a Master’s degree in their chosen area of psychology.
The training routes are set out below – Master’s level courses are Stage 1, while Stage 2 refers specifically to Doctoral level training:
Undertaking your training independently can be challenging, but it also has many benefits.
Our qualifications provide you with the flexibility to plan your training around your existing commitments, combined with eligibility to apply for Chartered membership and registration with the HCPC at the end of your training.
Our independent route qualifications are career changing. They provide a platform for you to develop your skills as an ethical, effective and reflective practitioner, opening up new career prospects in a wide range of fields. Once you have qualified, you will engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate for an independent applied psychologist, providing you with further opportunities to develop and refine your skills.
All trainees are either employed or undertaking voluntary work. This means that you will be able to work in real-life settings, where you can acquire the necessary competencies and demonstrate them throughout assessment. We do not prescribe work settings so you have the opportunity to work in a variety of places, so long as you are able to demonstrate in your enrolment application that you will have access to appropriate development opportunities.
Training independently gives you the chance to develop a range of transferrable skills, including time management, inter-professional collaboration, the ability to juggle competing demands, interpersonal communication, and the ability to respond to change and unexpected situations.
Each qualification has a dedicated Qualifications Administrator who will be your main point of contact throughout your training. They will be available to offer support and guidance from enrolment all the way through to successful completion. You will also be supported by a supervisor who will act as your mentor throughout your training. Additional sources of support are also available, including pastoral support via the Chief Supervisor as well as access to conferences and events relevant to your qualification.
Access to resources
You will have access to dedicated pages of the website, bespoke candidate workshops and the Society’s electronic journals and books through PsychSource. You will also have the option to sign up for remote access to the electronic psychology collection at Senate House Library, University of London. You can access any of our resources on screen, tablet or mobile
The Society has provided guidelines for candidates with dyslexia which can be downloaded here. We also have guidelines for your Supervisors and Employers and for Assessors.
Routine candidate concerns and minor complaints should, in the first instance, be raised with the Qualifications Team, who will endeavour to resolve them swiftly and informally.
The Society will always aim to resolve issues raised through an informal resolution process in an effort to address concerns and arrive at satisfactory solutions in a timely manner.
Please contact us with any queries you have about our qualifications. You can also use the contact details below to provide feedback about any aspect of our qualifications and your experience during your training with us.
Phone: +44 (0)116 252 9505
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314
Email: [email protected]
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