Educational Psychology Funded Training Scheme

Find out how to become an educational psychologist and how to get funding for our educational psychology training scheme.

What’s involved

A place on the scheme is a 5 year commitment, made up of a 3 year, full time, doctorate degree followed by 2 years of employment in England.

You’ll spend your first year studying full time at a university that participates in the scheme. In the second and third years, you’ll work as a trainee educational psychologist on a practice placement with a local authority or another provider of educational psychology services. You’ll be expected to study for 1 to 2 days per week during this time.

When you’ve completed your 3 year degree, you’ll need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council, which is the regulatory organisation for educational psychologists. You’ll then be able to work as an educational psychologist and use this title. Following this, you’ll be expected to work as an educational psychologist for at least 2 years in England.

Failure to commit to this may result in you having to repay some, or all, of the cost of your training place.

Who can apply

You must have one of the following:

  • a psychology degree (preferably 2:1 or above)
  • a conversion course
  • a psychology-based Master’s degree

You must also be eligible for the British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). If you want to know more about conversion courses or your eligibility for GBC, please contact:

The British Psychological Society,, +44 (0)116 2549568

If the qualification that grants you eligibility for GBC isn’t from the UK or Ireland, you’ll need to provide your British Psychological Society membership number when you apply.

You must have a minimum of 1 year full-time experience of working with children and young people within:

  • education
  • health
  • social care
  • youth justice
  • a childcare or community setting

Full time means 37 hours a week, or the equivalent if part time.

This can be made up of either:

  • all paid employment
  • at least 9 months’ full-time paid employment (or the equivalent if part time) and the equivalent of 3 months’ relevant voluntary experience

You must be eligible to work in England for the duration of the course and for at least 2 years afterwards. If you’re uncertain of your status, please contact UK Visas and Immigration for advice.

You must be a UK resident. If you’re a non-UK applicant, you must be living in the UK at the time of application and be able to provide proof of residency. If you intend to come to the UK to train, you’re not eligible.

You must have a good command of written and spoken English. If your first language isn’t English, you must provide recent evidence that you meet the required standard. The only acceptable English qualification for the course is the International English Language Testing System, Academic. An overall grade of at least 7.0, with a minimum of 7.0 in each of the sub tests, is required.

There is no age limit to applying.


The application round for the 2015 intake is now closed.

The recruitment timetable for 2016 is currently being agreed with the universities. More information will be available shortly on the Association of Educational Psychology (AEP) website.

If you would like to be notified as soon as the dates are released please let the AEP team know by emailing them at


The scheme is the only funded route in England to becoming an educational psychologist. Costs are shared between the Department for Education and employers (96% of whom are local authorities and schools).

We’ll fund the cost of your course fees, up to a maximum of £29,000, and we’ll also give you a tax-free bursary in year 1.

The bursary is:

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

For the 2016 intake course fees are yet to be agreed with the universities. The tax-free bursary in year 1 we anticipate to be:

  • £15,950 for trainees attending a university outside London
  • £16,390 for trainees attending a university in London

In years 2 and 3, while you’re on your trainee placement, your practice placement provider will pay you either a bursary or a salary.

Self-funded training places may also be available. If you’re interested in one of these, please contact the relevant university directly to find out if there are any places available and how to apply.

Universities offering the Educational Psychology Funded Training Scheme

For more details please visit the university websites.


If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Educational Psychology Funded Training Scheme