It’s that time of year again. You know that air of optimism from Psychology Graduates feeling confident that this is “Their Year” to get onto the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. Nevertheless if you’re a recent graduate (and anything like I was), you probably have never heard of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. This inspired us to make a timeline for all you “new” Psychology Graduates to the application season. Within this article we will discuss each stage of the Clinical Psychology Doctorate and when you are likely to hear from the different Universities.
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Application Season Starts
Now everyone knows that the applications start around September time of each year. All you have to do is login to the Leeds Clearing House Website and either start a new application or edit a previous application (Leeds Clearing House ). The application is a monster in itself and before you think it’s a lengthy application; let me tell you that it’s not; however that’s the point. You have a very limited word count for each section which makes the task of displaying all your amazing qualities, that much harder. It really is an art form so make sure you take your time with it as you have around 2 months until the window closes.
PsychAssist Tip: Have someone you trust (preferably someone in the field of Clinical Psychology) look over your application; however be very careful on the AMOUNT of people read your application (too many chefs and all that!). My advice would be to have up to 2/3 people that you trust, look over your application as too much feedback could steer you off course.
Application Window Closes
Ok, this happens around the end of November/beginning of December which gives around 2 months to complete the application (I know it sounds like a long time but it really does go superfast). You have a maximum of 4 universities that you can apply to which gives you the flexibility to choose the 4 that suit you the best. Each university has their specifics of the types of candidates they are looking for which again; you can see this on the Leeds Clearing House Website. You are also given an extra few weeks to hand in any additional paperwork that needs to accompany your application which could range from Academic References to Proof of GBC.
PsychAssist Tip: Don’t just choose the Universities that you think are the easiest to get into (because none of them are easy); choose the university that best conforms to your ethos and also suits your personality. So many people get rejected year after year applying to Universities that aren’t suitable and then once they take the advice, somehow manage to get on.
Now for most universities, before you reach the interview stage, you’re most likely to sit a screening test. This varies from universities, however majority have guidelines on what to expect and even links to how best to prepare for these. Once you have sat the screening tests for these universities, and meet the threshold (or in the top X percentage) you’ll be invited to interview.
Each university will have their own schedule of interviews; however majority of interviews do take place between March and May. The interviews do have recurring themes throughout the country and consist of an academic interview, a clinical interview and a suitability interview (which means they want to see what your like as a person). Some universities will also have either a group task or will show you a video to discuss.
PsychAssist Tip: I have been given so much advice over the years by different clinicians; however the most frequent advice I have heard, especially about interviews, IS TO RELAX!!! Many people feel that they need to know absolutely everything in order to get a place on the course, when that can’t be further from reality. There is such thing as “over-preparing” for an interview but the worst thing you can do in an interview is regurgitate a psychology book and think that will get you onto the course.
Now there is no set date when you will find out if fate has smiled down on you; however there is a deadline for all universities to make their decisions by. This date is by the beginning of June. By June, everyone who had an interview and was offered a place will have to either accept or reject their places. The reason for this is because the course is essentially also a job, so things like DBS checks and drawing up contracts does take time.
PsychAssist Tip: I don’t think there’s really a tip for this section other than, a massive well done if you are one of the 16% that made it on that year. Don’t be annoyed or upset if you weren’t lucky this year, this process is one of the most competitive in the country. The advice I give to people is, it’s not a no, it’s a not now, so remember that as you drown your sorrows.
Thanks for reading this week’s article by PsychAssist. Best of luck if this is your first year applying. Together we WILL GET YOU ON THE COURSE!!!