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Associate Psychological Practitioner

1 Year
March 2023
Campus Taught

Become a Trainee Associate Psychology Practitioner (TAPP) in the North West. Led by the Innovation Agency North West Coast and developed in partnership with North West NHS Trusts this training course aims to meet the needs of clinical services in the region. The PGDip will address the shortage of psychological practitioners in the North West.

Why study with us

  • An opportunity to start a career as an Associate Psychology Practitioner. Work within NHS trusts to deliver a range of psychological support to a wide array of clients.
  • The course has been shortlisted for many awards recognising its contribution to NHS provision across the North West.
  • Your course fees are paid for/funded by Health Education England.

What you'll do

  • You'll work in one setting for your training, either a primary or non-primary care setting. You'll work with a qualified Psychological Professional who'll provide weekly clinical supervision.
  • Learn through a combination of taught sessions, case study reviews, role-play observations and practice experiences. You'll also take part in supervised clinical practice and learning that occurs as part of your day-to-day job.
  • You’ll become part of a new workforce within the NHS changing the shape of clinical psychology healthcare in a post-pandemic world.

Winner 2022 - HSJ Patient Safety Awards

Primary Care Initiative of the Year.

Winner 2022 - NWC Awards

Ruth Young Award for Research Implementation.

Winner 2021 - LSCFT Award

Outstanding contribution to education and research.

Shortlisted 2023 - Educate North Awards

Employer Engagement (University Sector).

Module overview

Course delivery

Following the pandemic, we have found that some courses benefit from a blended learning and teaching approach. Therefore, the majority of your teaching will be face-to-face on campus, with some online teaching where we have learnt it works best.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Student testimonials

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Staff Spotlight – Carolina Campodonico

“I mostly teach clinical psychology on the BSc Psychology, the MSc in Clinical Psychology and the TAPP Course. Apart from teaching, I supervise students’ placements and final year projects and I am the first-year tutor for three BSc courses.

When students get excited about something I am teaching, and they start discussing the topic with me or between them, or when they stop to have a chat with me at the end of a lecture, that’s the best part of my job”

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Future careers

This is a new route to new careers within the NHS and one that we hope will form part of a revised Psychology Professions Network.

As you complete your training and pass the course you'll move from being a Trainee Associate Psychological Practitioner (Band 4 NHS) to an Associate Psychological Practitioner (Band 5). 

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We designed the course with the sole intention of delivering highly skilled graduates into NHS Trusts/services. You'll be trained in seven core competencies. These will help you to provide psychological assessment, structured formulation and brief low-intensity interventions across a range of mental health needs.

The fees associated with the course will be covered by Health Education England and paid directly to the University as part of a service level agreement between the NHS and the University of Central Lancashire.

Fees and funding


Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of scholarships, bursaries and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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