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 FAQs, Essential and Desirable Criteria, and Academic Scoring

 

The Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology is part of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research. It has over 30 years' history of excellence in training people to become effective Clinical Psychologists. Trainees benefit from having access to some of the best clinical and academic resources in the country via the University of Oxford, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and other agencies and Trusts providing health and social care. All trainees are affiliated with Harris Manchester College which is a small friendly college for students aged over 21. Successful completion of the three-year full-time course leads to the qualification of Doctor of Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) from the University of Oxford which confers eligibility to apply for registration with the Health & Care Professions Council and to apply for Chartered status with the British Psychological Society.

The Course supports trainees in the process of becoming highly competent and flexible scientist-practitioners, who are confident in their ability to meet a range of needs in health and social care contexts. This is achieved through a research-led academic and skills training programme; high quality placements in a broad range of specialty areas; and excellent research support and supervision. The philosophy of the Course stems from the reflective scientist-practitioner model, and the Course is committed to drawing on a range of empirically supported and grounded theoretical orientations including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies and Systemic (Family) Therapy. Graduates from the Course will be equipped to practice at a high level of research and clinical competence, and within an empirically grounded reflective and ethical framework which will provide a foundation for further learning and development

The Oxford Course frequently updates the way in which training is delivered. These changes reflect our commitment to remain at the cutting edge of clinical psychology training and to fully meet the requirements for approval by the Health & Care Professions Council. We are currently working towards accreditation of the programme with the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) - Level 2. We take pride in the overwhelmingly positive feedback from current and past trainees and have an excellent track record in listening and responding to trainee input in all areas of Course policy and procedure. The Course also has an active Partners in Experience Advisory Group which advises on all key areas of the Course.

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Frequently Asked Questions from Potential Candidates  

  

  • How do I apply to the Oxford Course for Clinical Psychology training?
  • How do I find out if I am eligible to apply to the Oxford Course for Clinical Psychology training? 
  • Would the Oxford Course consider an applicant who was intending to fund themselves?
  • Is my undergraduate degree class important?
  • Can I apply if I am still in my final year of my undergraduate degree in psychology? 
  • Is there an upper or lower age limit for applicants to the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology?
  • What do I do if I have a degree that does not confer Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the BPS and want to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology?
  • If I have a non-UK undergraduate degree, how is this assessed?
  • What kind of relevant experience would be helpful before applying?
  • How much would I earn as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist?
  • Where can I find more information?

  

How do I apply to the Oxford Course for Clinical Psychology training?

Please ensure you meet our entry requirements before applying. Please see our eligibility checklist, essential and desirable criteria, all listed on this website. 

 

All applications are online through the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology. You cannot apply directly to the Oxford Course. 

 

In 2019, applications can be made from September until 1.00pm (GMT) on Wednesday 27thNovember 2019 for courses starting in September 2020. 

 

 

How do I find out if I am eligible to apply to the Oxford Course for Clinical Psychology training? 

Details of our entry requirements, including essential criteria and desirable criteria, are available on our admissions page of our website. Please see our eligibility checklist.  

 

You must have the right to work in the UK, and be eligible for NHS funding for both tuition fee and salary support (standards are set by the bursary specifications) and Home Fee/EU status. Further information regarding these can be found on the Clearing House website. 

 

 

Would the Oxford Course consider an applicant who was intending to fund themselves?

No. The Oxford course is fully funded by the NHS. However, there are some courses who do take self-funding applicants.  Please check the Clearing House website for further details. 

 

 

Is my undergraduate degree class important?

Yes. Due to the academic demands of Clinical Psychology training, it is expected that you will have achieved a first (1st) or upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent). Please see our Essential Criteria information.

 

Candidates who obtained their first degree in a subject other than psychology and go on to successfully complete a relevant conversion course are welcome to apply. In this case, grades on conversion courses will be considered in place of those in a first degree, i.e. Merit as 2:1 and Distinction as 1st.  If a candidate achieves a Pass grade in their Masters conversion course then unfortunately that does not reach requirements for eligibility for training. If the Masters course attended provides a 'pass/fail' grade only, candidates are requested to note this on their application, and percentage scores will be taken into consideration. 

 

In all cases, applicants are required to provide transcripts / certificates of qualifications including grades as part of the application process. 

 

 

Can I apply if I am still in my final year of my undergraduate degree in psychology? 

You can apply, however any offer of a place would be conditional upon achieving a minimum of a 2:1 in your undergraduate psychology degree. You would also be required to meet all other essential criteria e.g. regarding clinical and research experience. 

 

 

Is there an upper or lower age limit for applicants to the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology?

The lower age limit is determined by the need to have completed an undergraduate degree and gained relevant experience. There is no upper age limit and older applicants are welcome to apply. Age is a protected characteristic within the 2010 Equality Act so no course should discriminate on the basis of age. In Oxford, we are keen to encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply and welcome such applications. 

 

 

What do I do if I have a degree that does not confer Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) of the BPS and want to pursue a career in Clinical Psychology?

This could apply if your Psychology degree does not meet the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). In this case you should apply for GBC yourself. If you have a degree in a subject other than Psychology you will need to take a BPS accredited conversion course. These are normally one year full time or two years part time. There is a list of accredited conversion courses on the BPS website.

 

 

If I have a non-UK undergraduate degree, how is this assessed?

If you have obtained your degree from outside the UK or Republic of Ireland, you will need to find out whether it meets the requirements for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is essential to have GBC for Clinical Psychology training, as it shows courses that your undergraduate degree contained a broad range of psychological knowledge. The BPS will automatically check whether your degree course meets the requirements for GBC if you apply to become a member. Please also note that we require evidence of English proficiency (Level 7.5 or above on the International Language Testing System IELTS - Academic).  Minimum standards for all courses are stated on the Clearing House website.

 

 

What kind of relevant experience would be helpful before applying?

There are many ways of gaining relevant experience. We are looking for evidence that you would work well with people presenting with a wide range of different psychological needs, and that you could work with people of different backgrounds and life experiences. The Oxford Course is also looking for people who can work well in teams and people who can understand and operate within complex systems such as the NHS. An understanding of the specific role of Clinical Psychology is valuable. This understanding is important not only because it prepares you well for Clinical Psychology training, but also because it will help you to be sure that Clinical Psychology is the right career for you.

 

Examples of relevant work experience may include: Assistant Psychologist, Research Assistant, IAPT psychological wellbeing practitioner and some areas of Nursing and Social Work.

 

 

How much would I earn as a Trainee Clinical Psychologist?

Trainee Clinical Psychologists are appointed at the starting point of Band 6 of the Agenda for Change pay scales.

 

 

Where can I find more information?

British Psychological Society (BPS): www.bps.org.uk

Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology: www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp

  

Dr Matthew Knight 

Academic and Admissions Tutor

September, 2019

 

 

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA:

 

CRITERIA

NOTE

You must hold either: 

  • 1st class or 2:1 in an undergraduate psychology degree, or
  • An undergraduate degree in another subject, with a Masters level conversion course (merit or distinction).

We will not accept any other qualifications or class of degree different to these.

Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Candidates from non-GBC accredited courses need to apply themselves for membership on the basis of GBC.

Clinical experience

There is no required amount, but you must have some relevant experience.

Two Satisfactory References

One reference MUST be academic and the other a relevant experience reference.

Personal Qualities and Values Consistent with the NHS Constitution

You must demonstrate that you can give the highest standards of professional care. You must demonstrate a commitment to evidence-based practice and to the values in the NHS constitution. 

The Right to Work in the UK

Health Education Thames Valley commissions the course and provides trainees with financial support. You must ensure before applying that you are eligible for NHS funding for both tuition fee and salary support (standards are set by the bursary specifications) and Home Fee/EU status. We do not currently offer any self-funded places.

An Adequate Level Of English (if this is not your first language)

Candidates will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency at the higher level required by the University of Oxford,  See https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/applying-to-oxford/application-guide?wssl=1

 

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of study.

 

DESIRABLE CRITERIA:

 

CRITERIA

NOTE

Appropriate Research Experience

This must be in addition to an undergraduate project. We are looking for candidates who show a continuing commitment to improving the quality of health care and contributing to the evidence base of the profession. Suitable experience would include an MSc, PhD or other relevant research, service audit or evaluation. Research experience can occur in the context of an undergraduate placement year.

Developing/coordinating research and applying for ethics approval will be rated more highly than data collection/entry.

Appropriate Work Experience

We give credit for the amount and range of experience gained, and are particularly interested in what candidates have made of the experience they have had, in particular how it has shaped their career aspirations and made them a stronger candidate for clinical psychology training. 

 

Appropriate clinical experience can include that gained within the context of a research role that involves work with people who present with psychological needs. 

Publications

We give credit for authorship of publications in peer-reviewed journals.  We also give credit for other forms of dissemination such as oral and poster presentations at national conferences and contribution to substantive health service publications.

Additional Skills and Competencies

We value a range of additional activities, skills and training (such as postgraduate certificate level training and counselling courses). Valued indirect skills include: 

 

  • leadership skills
  • teaching qualifications
  • community involvement projects
  • drama skills
  • competency in different languages
  • publishing
  • media experience

 

 

THE ACADEMIC SCORING SYSTEM IS AS FOLLOWS:

 

QUALIFICATION

GRADE

SCORE

A-Level or equivalent

 

A maximum of 3 A-levels or equivalent are considered

Maximum total A-level score = 20

 

A or A*

6 points

 

2 additional point allocated for 3 As or A*s

 

B

4 points

C

2 points

D or below

1 point

Undergraduate Psychology Degree

 

First class

 

 

10 points

 

Conversion Course (MSc) 

 

Scored in place of undergraduate psychology degree

 

 

 

Distinction

 

 

 

10 points

 

 

Other Postgraduate Qualifications

 

 

Candidates will only be allocated points for their highest qualification in this category

 

 

Distinction at Masters

 

PhD beyond 2 years

 

Completed PhD

 

 

5 points

 

5 points

 

10 points

Maximum Total Academic Score = 40 points