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Entry Requirements

Job Description and Person Specification of a trainee Clinical Psychologist position for the North Wales Clinical Psychgology Programme.

All of the criteria below are used in the shortlisting process, which uses the Clearing House application form. Criteria identified with an * refer to the minimum criteria that all candidates need to meet.  These criteria are assessed by NHS Clinical Psychologists and programme staff. 

  • Before applying you should have already obtained a single or joint honours first or upper second-class psychology degree (or a conversion degree)* and you should be eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership* (GBC) ( with the British Psychological Society.  We require a transcript of your undergraduate degree or other qualifications, which have given you eligibility for GBC.  Applicants with 2.2 psychology undergraduate degree will be considered if they have completed a PhD.  We do not award points to non-psychology degrees.  For a psychology conversion degree we apply similar criteria as an undergraduate psychology degree.   
  • You need to have completed your undergraduate degree at the time you are applying.
  • It is expected that you will have at least one year’s relevant paid clinical/ research experience*.  Clinically relevant experience should give you the opportunity for substantial interaction with people with significant health or psychological difficulties, ideally under the supervision of a clinical psychologist.  Experience obtained in other paid employment working with a clinical population will also be relevant (e.g. mental health worker, care assistant, advocate).  Research experience should involve the investigation of psychological phenomena within a clinical population.  We credit a maximum of two years full time equivalent paid relevant experience.

  • In addition to the above you are expected to submit a good quality application form*, which will be assessed by two clinical psychologists.  They will be looking for grammar and spelling, as well as your psychological mindedness and your value base.  In order to demonstrate this, you have to ensure that you actually answer the questions in section 10,11 and 12.
  • Candidates are expected to have good and supportive academic and clinical references*, preferably from the most recent post, unless you have only been working with the referee for a relatively short period.  In that case you could consider asking the person you worked with before and who has known you for a longer period.  Two clinical psychologists assess the references.  If they consider a reference not to be supportive, they will share their concerns with a larger group of assessors, who will need to agree whether or not the reference is considered supportive.


    We also acknowledge your motivation and commitment by awarding points for any presentations at conferences, publications in journals or newsletters and voluntary work that you have undertaken.  There are no minimum criteria attached to this section.

    As a significant proportion of the population in North Wales speaks Welsh as their first language, you are strongly encouraged to apply for this programme if you are a bilingual Welsh/English speaker. We will be awarding additional points for your ability to speak Welsh.  However, as the number of bilingual Welsh-English speaking applicants remains low (about 1% of all applicants in the UK, as per the 2016 Clearing House equal opportunity data), the majority of our trainees are English speaking.   We welcome applications from all interested high calibre candidates regardless of their first language.   If English is not your first language, you will be required to provide proof that you possess an adequate level of English competence.  You need to have obtained level 8 on the IELTS scheme*, with no elements below 7.5.  This does not apply to Welsh/English bilingual candidates.   Having completed an academic programme in the UK through the medium of English will be considered proof of your English language competence.   


    The Programme is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and ages.  The Programme also operates the Disability Confident Scheme (  The minimum criteria identified above with a * are applied when you have indicated by crossing the Disability Confident Scheme box in Section 4 of the application that you want your application to be rated under this scheme.  Please contact Carolien Lamers for further information and to discuss support that can be made available to you during the selection process and any reasonable adjustments that might be required during training. 


    Universities will not usually allow you to enrol onto a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology if you are currently enrolled on any other degree, e.g. a PhD or Masters programme.  If you have any outstanding requirements from another programme, you may be required to withdraw from that programme in order to take up a place or to continue your studies on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.  Being in the final stages of any such programme, i.e. submission of thesis has occurred or is imminent at the time of applying, your application might be considered.

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