Thinking of becoming a Clinical Psychologist?

Becoming a Clinical Psychologist is very competitive. The pathway into clinical psychology involves several stages. Firstly, you need to obtain a degree (or equivalent) in psychology which is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and confers Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the BPS.

The next academic step is to get a place on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course. A First or 2:1 in your first degree is required, and you need to be able to demonstrate that you have a commitment to psychological approaches and a real interest in the subject.

This can be demonstrated by you getting involved in voluntary work with some of the populations that Clinical Psychologists work with. So, think about undertaking long term voluntary work with, for example, agencies that support individuals with mental health or learning difficulties, autism charities, Youth offending teams, MIND etc. Unfortunately SCP cannot offer voluntary work or work experience placements due to the sensitive nature of the work we do and the confidentiality issues that also arise.

Click here for guidance on careers in psychology from the website of the British Psychological Society

You can download helpful information such as their information booklet ‘So You Want to become a Psychologist’.

Good Luck!

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