University Calendar 2016/17
Section XIII : Academic Regulations - Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

Academic Unit Psychology
Final Award Doctor of Educational Psychology
Programme(s) Doctorate of Educational Psychology (DEdPsych)
Last modified April 2016

Academic regulations for research degree programmes (without taught elements) are written and maintained by the University and can be found in Section V of the University Calendar.

1. Admissions
1.1 First or upper second-class Bachelor's level honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university.
1.2 English language entry level: average of 7.0 IELTS and minimum of 6.5 in each IELTS component, or equivalent.
1.3 British Psychological Society Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership.
1.4 A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
1.5 Applicants must also have experience of working in a childcare, educational or community setting which enables them to demonstrate acquisition of the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children and Young People's Workforce (Teaching Agency 2010).
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child or young person
  • Supporting transitions Multi-agency and integrated working
  • Information sharing
Your application must show evidence of the application of psychology to work with children or young people.

2. Structure of Programme(s)
2.1 The General Regulations for Research Degrees with a Major Taught Component apply to this programme.
2.2 Students for the Doctorate will be required to follow a three year training programme of supervised placements, academic teaching and research leading to the doctoral degree, dated as from their registration. Year 1 is taught in the University. Part Two and Part Three are taught in the University and include placement in a Local Authority.
2.3 The programme to be followed shall be full-time.
2.4 Attendance at all taught and placement sessions is compulsory.
2.5 All modules are core. The programme structure is published within the programme specification.
2.6 The programme is for educational psychology trainees and meets the requirements for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and is approved for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). The curriculum is based on the standards of proficiency specified by the HCPC and the core competencies outlined by the BPS.
3. Progression
3.1 Entry to Part Two and Part Three of the programme is normally contingent upon satisfactory academic and placement performance in the previous year.
3.2 In order to progress formally from one year to the next, trainees are expected to have received a pass mark (50%) in every module.
3.3 Referrals: The module profile provides details about referral for failed pieces of work. In most cases, only one re-submission is allowed for any one piece of work. This will be within an agreed timescale.
3.4 A candidate who fails three modules must attend a Formal Performance Review with the Programme Director.
3.5 The Board of Examiners will normally deem a candidate to have failed the programme on one or more of the following grounds:
  1. Failure to complete successfully all parts of the programme within five years or first registration (allowing for suspensions) or by such a date as will have been agreed by the Board.

  2. Failure of a practical placement if there has been no successful corrective action of the failure.

  3. Up to four failures of modules during the programme may be redeemed. A fifth failure result in failure of the Programme.

  4. In exceptional circumstances, such as gross misconduct or a serious breach of the Code of Conduct of the British Psychological Society, or if an educational placement is terminated or suspended after disciplinary action.
All circumstances of termination or suspension will be discussed at the Board of Examiners where extenuating circumstances may be taken into account. Further information on University guidelines for appeals and complaints can be found at

4. Assessment
4.1 Assessment requirements are as set out within the module profiles.
4.2 All elements of Parts One, Two and Three shall normally be completed no later than the end of September of the third year of the programme.
4.3 A pass mark of 50% shall apply to each taught assessment.

5. Award of Qualification(s)
5.1 The final award is Doctor of Educational Psychology.
5.2 There is no exit or interim award.

6. Placements/Study Abroad/Exchange/Fieldwork
6.1 Candidates will be required to undertake placements in years 1, 2, and 3 as Trainee Educational Psychologists in a Local Authority within the South of England and London. Students need to be aware of the expectations and requirements associated with the placements. Accepting a place on any of the SEEL programmes (Institute of Education, Southampton, Tavistock, UCL and UEL) carry with it an acceptance of these expectations and requirements relating to the Year 2/3 placements.
6.2 Placements are monitored to ensure their quality, availability of suitable supervision, and their offering of a range of experiences.

7. Other
7.1 Students are required to satisfy the academic and the Attendance and Completion of Programme Requirements as set out in section IV of the University calendar, the programme specification and the programme handbook. Those failing to do so may have their programme terminated (see University Calendar Section IV: Transfer, Suspension, Withdrawal and Termination.
7.2 Students must satisfy the University's Fitness to Practise Policy and adhere to the HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Students (2010) and the BPS Code of Ethics and Conduct. Continuation on your programme is subject to specific health requirements (consistent with the provisions of the Equality Act [2010]). Students are required to inform the Faculty of any health problems, throughout their period of enrolment, relevant to their future employment as a professional. In cases where a student's behaviour, health and/or professional conduct raises concern, the procedures associated with the University's Fitness to Practise Policy will be invoked.
7.3 As a research-led University, we undertake a continuous review of our programmes to ensure quality enhancement and to manage our resources. As a result, these regulations may be revised during a student’s period of registration, however, any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Please read our Disclaimer to see why, when and how changes may be made to a student’s programme.

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Last reviewed: 16-Jul-2016
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