The 2014 EPFT scheme provides government funding, in partnership with employers, for 120 trainee educational psychologists. It is a 5-year commitment, made up of a 3-year doctorate degree course followed by the newly qualified educational psychologist finding employment, in England, for 2 years.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is responsible for the EPFT scheme and hosting the online application process. The participating universities, in partnership with employers, are responsible for shortlisting, interviews and selection of the successful applicants. Employers also offer practice placements in years 2 and 3.


NCTL funds the cost of the course fees to a maximum of £29,000 and a tax free year 1 bursary, paid directly by the university.
The bursary is:

  • £14,400 for trainees attending a university outside London
  • £14,900 for trainees attending a university in London

Employers pay either a bursary or salary while the trainee is on practice placement in years 2 and 3.


The EPFT application process, for places starting in September 2014, opens at midday on 1 October 2013.

It is free to apply and the closing date for applications is 5pm (UK time) on 13 December 2013. However, completed references must be submitted by 5pm on 6 December 2013. We will not accept late applications. Successful applicants will be notified by 5pm on 4 April 2014.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an EPFT scheme place, you must meet the following requirements.

  • You must have a psychology degree (preferably 2.1 or above) or a conversion course or a master’s degree, AND be eligible for the British Psychological Society (BPS) Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). You must have completed the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC before 13 December 2013 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 British Psychological Society membership number at the application stage.
  • You must be 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 within an educational, health, social care, youth justice, childcare or community setting by the 13 December 2013 application deadline. This can be made up of all paid employment (or the equivalent if part-time) or at least nine months full-time paid employment (or the equivalent if part-time) and the equivalent of 3 months' sustained relevant voluntary experience.
  • You must be eligible to work in England for the duration of the course and for at least 2 years after completing the course. If you are uncertain of your status, please contact the Home Office: UK Border Agency for advice.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in the UK. All Non-UK applicants must be living the UK at the time of application and be able to provide proof of residency. Applicants who intend to come to the UK to train do not meet the criteria of ‘ordinarily resident in the UK’.

Next steps

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 application form.