Steps to qualification

9th May 2003 at 01:00
Teachers with two years' classroom experience can become educational psychologists. To do so, they must: 1) Obtain the British Psychological Society's graduate basis for registration (GBR). You need a degree in psychology that meets the criteria (check with the BPS or university where the degree was completed). If it is not in psychology, or your psychology degree does not meet the criteria, you can get GBR by: l sitting the BPS qualifying examination (entry is restricted to graduates only, whether from non-honours level psychology degrees or other disciplines)l obtaining a BPS-accredited postgraduate qualification l taking a conversion course which converts your degree into the equivalent of an honours degree with psychology as the main subject.

These can be full or part-time Try the Institute of Education, the OU, Liverpool Hope, London Metropolitan, Oxford Brookes, Staffordshire , Sunderland, Glasgow, Cardiff and University College Dublin). Find out about funding from universities or LEAs

2) Complete a year's full-time professional training: an MSc in educational psychology. There is no upper age limit. Courses are offered at The Institute of Education, University College London, Queens Belfast, Nottingham , Exeter, Sheffield, Cardiff , Strathclyde and more 3) Apply to your LEA for a job as an entry-level educational psychologist.

For more details, see

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today