Educational psychology professional entry training in England is a 3-year, full-time doctorate degree. The courses generally consist of the first year spent studying full time. In the second and third years, trainees work in a local authority or other providers of educational psychology services (such as a school partnership or independent service provider) as a trainee educational psychologist, with 1 to 2 days' study per week.

Applying for a National College for Teaching and Leadership-funded training place

In order to apply for an Educational Psychology Funded Training (EPFT)place it is necessary to submit an application using the National College for Teaching and Leadership online application system. The application process takes place annually and usually begins in autumn/winter the year before the intake you are applying for begins training. If you choose to apply for an EPFT place, you can select up to three universities within a single application. However, each applicant can only submit one single application. 

Recruitment of trainees for the 2014 cohort

Recruitment of trainees for the 2014 cohort will begin on 1 October 2013.

Application timetable for 2014

Online application system goes live 1 October 2013 (Midday)
Deadline for references to be submitted 6 December  2013 (5pm)
Deadline for applications to be submitted 13 December 2013 (5pm)
Shortlisting and interviews complete 3 April 2014
Offers for places made 4 April 2014 (5pm)
Deadline for accepting offers 11 April 2014 (5pm)

Anyone interested in applying to the EPFT scheme should first read the:

These documents provide a comprehensive guide to the application process and completing the online application.

Contact details

Educational psychology
Email: edpsychs.NCTL@education.gsi.gov.uk
Website: http://www.education.gov.uk/help/contactus/ta