Taught course

Child, Community and Educational Psychology

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have the minimum of a psychology degree (with Honours, preferably 2.1 or above) or a qualifying conversion course or Masters degree, with eligibility for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You can check your eligibility with the BPS and please note that you must have achieved eligibility before the application deadline. If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC is not from the UK or Ireland you will also be required to enter your BPS membership number at application stage.
  • are able to demonstrate that you have gained a minimum of one year’s full-time (37 hours a week or the equivalent if part-time) experience of working with children and young people, usually within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the application deadline. This experience might include teaching, learning and behaviour mentoring, being a teaching assistant, social worker, speech and language therapist, assistant psychologist. This mimimum experience can be made up of all paid employment, or at least nine months full-time paid employment (or the equivalent if part-time) and the equivalent of three months sustained relevant voluntary experience. Any additional paid or voluntary experience over the one year minimum requirement should also be included in applications as the length, depth and range of experience may be taken into consideration in selection.

Months of entry


Course content

This course focuses on the understanding of psycho-therapeutic perspectives for support and intervention with families and other professionals and establishing joint working with mental health services, schools and other professional agencies. Over the three years you will learn experientially and through lectures, seminars, tutorials and group learning. You will study psychodynamic and systemic psychological frameworks and gain professional experience through placement in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Educational Psychology Services. You will follow the British Psychological Society (BPS) core curriculum which includes an assessment and intervention/child development theme and a research theme. These will be supplemented by two distinctive clinical themes – ‘professional in context’ and ‘psychological frameworks’.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 8938 2213/2214