How to apply
All applications to the South Wales DClinPsy programme must be made via the Clearing House for Postgraduate Courses in Clinical Psychology (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/ ). The minimum criteria for application is an award of a 1st or 2:1 degree in psychology or an equivalent qualification that conveys Graduate Basis for Registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (http://www.bps.org.uk/what-we-do/membership/graduate-member-mbpss/graduate-member-mbpss ) together with a minimum of 12 months relevant clinical and/or research experience. Applicants should be aware that there no exceptions to these requirements and that there no alternative application routes. If your degree is not in psychology or does not confer GBR and you wish to apply to the South Wales or any of the other UK DClinPsy programmes, you will need to undertake a post-graduate course that confers GBR. (http://www.bps.org.uk/bpslegacy/ac?frmAction=results&CourseType=CONV&Search_Type=NC ).
Approximately 20% of people in Wales / Cymru speak Welsh / Cymraeg, including staff and trainees on the South Wales DClinPsy programme, and Welsh / Cymraeg speakers who meet the necessary entry requirements are strongly encouraged to apply to the programme.
All places on the South Wales DClinPsy programme are NHS-funded via the Welsh Government / Llywodraeth Cymru and all applicants must be eligible for Home Fees Status, namely to have been resident in the UK for a minimum of three years at the time of application. There currently no self-funded places, for either home or overseas applicants, on the South Wales DClinPsy programme and due to the UK leaving the European Union by 2019, it is envisaged that the South Wales DClinPsy programme will be closed to applicants from other EU countries within the next two years.
The South Wales DClinPsy programme currently operates a ‘Double Tick’ scheme for applicants with a disability who wish to identify themselves as such.
The South Wales DClinPsy programme uses an initial on-line selection procedure administered by Lancaster University and all eligible applicants, including those identifying themselves via the ‘double tick’ process, are required to complete a mandatory assessment of general mental ability developed by CEB that examines both numerical and verbal reasoning skills. (Practice items can be found on the CEB website https://www.cebglobal.com/shldirect/en/practice-tests/ ).Following the on-line selection process, there is a further short-listing phase in which application forms of the top performing applicants are reviewed and a final shortlist is drawn up. Candidates on this shortlist will be called to Cardiff to part in two interviews of 30 minutes duration each that focus on academic and clinical issues and personal and professional issues respectively The interview panels will comprise members of the programme team, NHS clinical psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists and local carers and services.