A career in Clinical Psychology is seen by many as the pinnacle within the discipline. Even a cursory inspection of the Careers Bulletin of the British Psychological Society shows the constant demand for people within this field. This is the first step towards such a career. Upon graduation you may work as an Assistant Clinical Psychologists or Research Assistant and following further training you could lead work in health and social care settings, including hospitals, as part of a mental health team or within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). At a time when mental health and well being are increasingly of interest to the whole community our course is designed to help you to maximise your chances of pursuing a career in this area.
Taught in world class learning facilities (QS World Rankings) by enthusiastic, research active staff many of whom work within the field our goal is to help you to fulfil your potential. As part of the course fee we provide you with Student Membership of the British Psychological Society, which ensures you are aware of the career prospects available to you and receive other benefits including the monthly magazine ‘The Psychologist’.
The course is based in the School of Psychology in the purpose built Darwin Building. This provides you with specialist teaching and research facilities that ensures that you learn not only the theoretical skills required of a Clinical Psychologist but also develop the practical application of these through a range of different laboratories: notably the Clinical and Health Psychology Suite (CHPS), our Brain Imaging Laboratory (BiL), the Developmental Cognitive Neuropsychology Laboratory (DCN). You may also use the Child Observation Suite (COS) or the Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC) which includes eye-tracking, virtual reality and face-recognition labs.
Full time: Three years; Part time: Five to Six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston (Campus code: U)
The first year of the course provides a broad understanding of the core elements of psychology alongside optional modules that permit you to explore not only Clinical Psychology but to study other areas from our wide range of courses. This permits you to explore new interests, or consolidate existing ones.
Plus four modules from the following:
Year 2 provides you with the core curriculum of the British Psychological Society through the compulsory modules and develops your understanding of Clinical Psychology alongside this core material. The Clinical module provides you with a breadth of content related to clinical psychology and is the basis for the final year, where two thirds of your degree will be within Clinical Psychology. Alongside your compulsory modules in the second year you choose a specialist module from one of our other routes to provide not only flexibility in your final year degree route but also to ensure a wider appreciation of psychology.
Plus one from the following options
At the end of Year 2 you may choose to spend a year on placement to develop your work place skills and enhance your employment prospects. Alternatively you may take a placement over the summer between Year 2 and 3 as one of your final year modules.
For your final year you study two compulsory modules in Clinical Psychology developing both your theoretical understanding of the area and the application of clinical skills across a range of settings. Alongside these modules, you will complete an independent piece of research: your final year project. Additionally you chose two further options from our range of courses that enable you to develop the further skills and interests that meet your own career aspirations and requirements.
Optional Modules (students take two of the following)
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
Our typical offer is 112-128 UCAS points. We do, however, operate a flexible admissions policy and treat each applicant as an individual so we will consider your educational achievements, predicted (or achieved) grades, alongside relevant work experience and your personal statement. We welcome applications not only from applicants with traditional backgrounds, but also those returning to education or looking for a career change.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112-128 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 112-128 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no sub score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at Grade 4 (C) including Maths and English (or equivalent qualifications to GCSE)
Applications for advanced entry to the course will be considered on an individual basis. We can recognise prior learning from other institutions but must ensure all our graduates have covered the curriculum required by the British Psychological Society for the award of Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). No exemptions can be made against the empirical project.
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This course is based in the School of Psychology
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
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For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
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For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.