Date of entry

September 2021

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Level entry

Grade requirements

  • You must hold a 1st or 2.1 honours degree in Psychology or an equivalent qualification. This qualification must be recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring eligibility for their Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC).
    • All applicants, particularly those whose first degree was taken outside the UK, should check with the BPS that their degree meets the standard for GBC. The BPS can be contacted at +44 (0)116 254 9568, fax +44 (0)116 227 1314, or email You should provide evidence of your eligibility.
    • If the outcome of your honours degree in Psychology was a 2:2, then you should hold an additional Masters qualification.
    • If you have a Postgraduate Diploma, then the outcome should be equivalent to a 1st or 2.1 honours degree and if a Masters then a pass is acceptable.
  • You must be a UK or EU citizen. This course is not open to overseas students.
  • You must have two years’ experience of working with children and/or young people (age range 0-24 years) and/or families (paid or unpaid) at point of application.
    • Examples of relevant experience would include work as a teacher in schools or further education, or as a teaching assistant, social work assistant, residential child care officer, community education worker, youth club worker, literacy tutor, assistant psychologist (clinical or educational), research assistant (in some cases), careers adviser, and so on. Relevant paid and voluntary, part-time and full-time work can be taken into account.
  • You need to provide a CV, outlining any work experience, either paid or voluntary that is relevant to support your application for this course. You will be able to upload a copy of your CV to eVision Applicant Portal once your application has been fully processed.
  • All successful applicants are subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check prior to embarking on the programme. This is organised by the University although applicants are required to pay the fee, which can cost up to £59 depending on whether the applicants are registered with Disclosure Scotland or not.

Essential subjects

Desirable shortlisting criteria

To allow us to shortlist effectively, your personal statement should show evidence of the following criteria:

  • Reference to psychological theory/theories that are relevant to children, families and community.

    It is better to focus on one or two clear examples from your knowledge and experience of working with children, young people and families where you have drawn on theories and how you have applied this in your work.

  • Ability to make links between personal experience and training as an educational psychologist.

    You should think about your personal, professional and/or voluntary experiences and provide a clear description of the skills that you have developed that will help you in your training as an educational psychologist.

  • Ability to explain relevance of personal experience to training as an educational psychologist.
  • Reference to the role of an educational psychologist.

    You should demonstrate that you have detailed knowledge about the range of work educational psychologists do; the different settings they work in; and the current issues facing the profession in Scotland. We would advise that you speak to educational psychologists and read relevant publications. Useful sources may include Education Scotland, The Scottish Government, and The British Psychological Society.

  • Reference to working collaboratively with other adults in work experience (paid or unpaid).

    You should indicate specific examples where you have worked collaboratively with other adults (paid or unpaid) to meet children and young people's needs.

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