DEP: 1.10 Selection and Registration

Nationally there are currently 206 funded places to study educational psychology in England. The annual intake at Southampton for 2019 is 14 funded trainees. We do not accept self-funding trainees. As a minimum, applicants are considered for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology programme at Southampton if applicants have:

  • attained at least a 2:1 in Psychology (or equivalent) and Graduate Basis for Registration (GBC) with the BPS at the time of application
  • provided experience that they have kept psychology as an on-going interest and a regular part of your CPD
  • provided strong evidence of the application of psychology in working with children and young people
  • sustained and relevant work with children in education, childcare, or community settings. A minimum of one year’s full time (or equivalent part-time) at the time of application. This can be all paid employment or at least nine month’s full time paid and 3 months voluntary relevant experience. This experience should enable them to demonstrate acquisition of the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children and Young People’s Workforce (CWDC 2010)
    • Effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families
    • Child and young person development
    • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child or young person
    • Supporting transitions
    • Multi-agency and integrated working
    • Information sharing

Trainees are short-listed based on the evidence in their application which addresses the above criteria, as well as their personal statement and supplied references.

In addition applicants must be able to demonstrate a good command of English. If English is not a trainees first language he/she must be able to evidence a good standard of written and spoken English (100 for internet-based TOEFL, 250 for computer-based TOEFL, 600 for paper-based TOEFL or 7.0 for IELTS with no element below 6.5)

Selection for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology is undertaken in collaboration with educational psychology service managers from neighbouring local authorities who participate in the short-listing and interview process where they help facilitate the group task. Typically 40 applicants are invited to the University to one of five days. The process aims to explore applicants’ academic, research and practical applications of psychology as well as written, inter-personal and communication skills.

The attention of potential applicants is drawn to the requirement that trainees are expected to maintain their health and well-being throughout the duration of the programme and in line with the HCPC’s guidance on conduct and ethics, to let the programme director know if their health status changes.

The programme welcomes applications from people with disabilities and from ethnic minority communities.

Applicants offered a place are required to complete the University Postgraduate Application form before they start on the programme. This application form contains a question about criminal convictions and all successful applicants are required to apply for an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  Further information can be obtained from the DBS website (

Disclosure of criminal convictions will be assessed on an individual basis according to the University student convictions policy and the Psychology Department Fitness to Practice policy

Once on the course, trainees are directed to the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students which require them to tell their education provider if they are convicted of, or cautioned for, any offence. In the case of a trainee disclosing a conviction or caution this would be dealt with on a case by case basis.

The University Postgraduate Application pack also asks about additional needs. Potential trainees are encouraged to declare any health condition and detail any adjustments that may be needed. Following an academic assessment of the application, the University’s Disability service may then invite a trainee to discuss particular requirements. Trainees do not have to declare any health conditions. Disclosure of health needs are assessed according to the University’s fitness to study and fitness to practice policies. All reasonable adjustments in line with equality and diversity law will be made, supported by a range of University services.

Once on the programme, it is the trainee’s responsibility, in line with the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students, to maintain their health and well-being and to let the programme know if there is any change. Changes in health or well-being would then be considered in the light of the Academic Unit Fitness to Practice policy on a case by case basis.

All trainees are registered full-time with the University of Southampton. It is expected that candidates complete the Programme within the three year duration of the Programme. In exceptional circumstances, candidates may complete all parts of the examination within five years of first registering. Performance is reviewed throughout the programme. Unsatisfactory performance in academic, research or practical work may lead to termination of registration.