Educational Psychology (DEdPsy)
3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
For the 2014-2017 cohort, it is anticipated that there will be ten funded places, with fee elements and bursaries provided for all three years, but trainees will have to pay a fee supplement in all three years. In addition, one unfunded place will be offered to suitable candidates who meet all essential entry criteria. Further information will be provided on the DEdPsy website.
The School of Psychology at Cardiff University is accepting applications for the Doctorate in Educational Psychology (DEdPsy) Programme for trainees wishing to start in September 2014. Applicants should refer to the DEdPsy Programme website for information about applying.
The aim of the programme is to offer knowledge and expertise for a career as an educational psychologist (EP), via doctorate-level study. Completion of the programme confers eligibility to apply for registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to the British Psychological Society (BPS) for Chartered EP status.
Applicants should note the following:
- Cardiff University has in place a Policy for Determining Applicants’ Fitness to Practise and Eligibility to Pursue Regulated Programmes of Study. This policy will be followed where information is disclosed or received about applicants, which suggests that a fitness to practise assessment is required.
- Eligibility to enrol on the programme, if offered a place, is dependent upon satisfactory completion of an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check, i.e., one that does not reveal any information that suggests a trainee would be unsuitable for work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- The HCPC carries out its own health and character checks to determine whether individuals are fit to practise and can be included on the Register. So passing all elements of this programme does not guarantee automatic inclusion on the HCPC’s Register.
The aim of the programme is to provide a sound theoretical basis, as well as the requisite skills in applying psychology, to equip trainees to perform the role of the educational psychologist.
The curriculum covers the following six themes:
- Research methods in educational psychology
- Processes and methods of assessment.
- The psychology of learning: managing change
- The psychology of behaviour: managing change
- Understanding and working with systems, organisations and groups: managing change
- The role of the educational psychologist: managing change
Each trainee has two personal tutors plus a fieldwork supervisor on each local authority placement.
In Year 1, there is continuous assessment of theoretical and practical work. In Year 2, as well as continuous assessment of practical work, a small scale research report and related documents are assessed. In Year 3, there is continuing assessment of practical work and trainees submit a 35,000 - 45,000 word research portfolio, including a thesis.
All DEdPsy graduates to date have found suitable employment, mostly working as educational psychologists in local authorities in England and Wales.
- Successful graduates are eligible to apply for registration as practitioner psychologists with the HCPC and for Chartered status with the BPS
- The DEdPsy Programme was approved by the HCPC and accredited by the BPS in April 2012. During that process, both bodies provided extremely positive feedback about the programme and the quality of its trainees and graduates
Suitable for individuals with:
- a qualification in psychology which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society (BPS), usually by the December preceding the start of the programme
- appropriate and sufficient experience of working with children (0-19) in educational, social services or community settings
For non-native speakers of English a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 will be required.
Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.
Please see the DEdPsy website for detailed information about all aspects of completing the application form.
The programme is a three-year, full-time course of study, with trainees spending some time on practical fieldwork placements in local authority (LA) Educational Psychology Services across all three years.
Fees and Funding
There will be 10 places funded centrally by the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association.
Each funded trainee in the 2014-2017 cohort will be provided with a bursary of £12600 per year for each of the three years of training and will have all programme fees paid from central funds provided by the Welsh Government and the Welsh Local Government Association.
In addition, one unfunded place will be offered to a suitable candidate who meets all essential entry criteria. For this unfunded place, the fees charged will be £9000 per year.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Clair Southard
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5393
Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4858