The GradCert/GradDip Psychology course is aimed at graduates who have not studied a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited psychology degree programme and who would like to pursue a career as a professional psychologist.
The GradCert level will enable you to gain the required 60 credits of appropriate psychology at degree level to progress onto the GradDip level. If you already possess 60 credits of appropriate psychology at degree level you may be eligible to progress straight onto the GradDip level.
The GradDip level will enable you to study the core Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) syllabus specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which will confer eligibility for GBC (providing a minimum of 50 per cent has been attained and the empirical project has been successfully completed). The GBC qualification will enable you to pursue postgraduate studies / training in chartered divisional areas in Psychology.
The GradCert level starts in June and is offered as an online distance course for either 12 weeks or for 24 weeks. The GradDip level starts in September and offers both part-time and full-time study modes and will be based on campus.
While the programme does not offer work placements, staff contacts have provided ample opportunity for students to pursue psychology work related interests outside the programme in the areas of clinical, educational and forensic psychology. Many of our students are involved with psychology work experience in their own time. Currently, a BSc (Hons) Psychology student has won a community award for her outstanding work in a community health setting. The Division of Psychology has highly experienced staff in the various divisional areas of Chartered Psychology and research.
The Division of Psychology also offers MSc Forensic Psychology and MSc Integrative Psychotherapy which provides many networking opportunities for students who are part of the Division of Psychology.
What's covered in the course?
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), offered to graduates who would like to pursue a career as a Professional Psychologist. This conversion course will award Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) providing that an average of 50 per cent or above has been attained across the programme and the empirical project has been successfully completed. GBC is a necessary pre-requisite for entry onto postgraduate training courses in the various chartered divisional psychology areas which are accredited by the BPS.
This course is aimed at graduates who hold 60 credits in relevant psychology (accredited or non-accredited), or hold a Graduate Certificate in Psychology and have obtained a minimum of a 2:2 in an undergraduate degree (accredited psychology degree holders are excluded) and who would like to study on a psychology programme which confers eligibility for GBC.
Please note that students will not be able to progress on to the Diploma level and work towards eligibility for Society membership if they do not hold an undergraduate degree, regardless if they have postgraduate qualifications. This is the requirement set by the British Psychological Society.