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DEdPsych Professional Training in Educational Psychology

Prospective trainees

What is our programme about?

All of the professional training courses in the UK meet the standards for Educational and Training of the Health Professions Council and the Programme Standards of the British Psychological Society, yet they are all different in the way that they meet those standards.

It is important that you choose the course which is best suited to you.

The Exeter DEdPsych experience is marked by:

  • A philosophy that aims to make you the best applied psychologist that you can be – you become your own resource in terms of applying psychology;
  • A focus on how you may promote educational opportunity through the application of psychology
  • Your participation in a lively and interesting range of learning and training experiences across a range of educational settings;
  • A recognition that your professional development goes hand in hand with personal development and this can be both invigorating and uncomfortable.
  • Systems to support your transition into the role of a professional educational psychologist;
  • Being placed in an internationally recognised centre for educational research to which you have access on your journey to becoming a competent autonomous researcher;
  • Our expectation that the applied educational psychological skills you develop will be generalisable across time and contexts;
  • Our emphasis that psychology should be concerned with developing the capacity for humanity in ourselves and in others.


  • A first or second class honours degree in psychology that grants you the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society
  • Normally one years experience of working with children or young people (0 – 19 years)
  • IELTS score of 7.5 or equivalent where appropriate
  • Clean driving licence or access to a car and driver or a willingness to travel large distances in rural settings on public transport
  • Enhanced level DBS check or equivalent for non UK applicants



  • A critical understanding of current educational policy and practice.
  • An understanding of the educational and psychological issues in promoting social inclusion.
  • An ability to join with others to form an effective group.
  • An awareness and understanding of the effect one might have on others in a range of interactions.
  • Evidence of applying psychological knowledge in a range of settings including educational settings.
  • A lively and current knowledge of psychological theory and its generation.
  • An understanding of the role of educational psychologists and of a stance that is ethical and underpins the role.
  • A practical understanding of how psychology may be used to promote equality.
  • Evidence of an ability to reflect on practice.
  • An awareness, understanding and appreciation of the issues involved in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults, and an ability to apply policies and procedures aimed at safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Adaptability and flexibility in response to change with the potential for personal and professional growth.
  • An awareness of one’s own health and how variations in health may have an impact on one’s ability to practice safely and competently.

You may download the  Essential and desirable criteria for your convenience.

Need further information?

If you want to read detailed and further information you may want to refer to the following Word documents:

Each year we hold a 'Meet the Team' event for anyone who is interested in finding out more about training at Exeter; this event takes place every October.  Please email Katie Dalzell (programme administrator) to register your interest and receive an invitation.

This year our Meet the Team event will take place on Saturday 9th October 2021, from 10am to 12pm.  We are hoping that the event will take place on Campus but should restrictions not permit, we will make arrangements online.

Please also see the Essential and desirable criteria and the handbook for additional information.

The deadlines for application are in line with those published on the Department for Education (DfE) website. We follow the DfE timetable for all funded place applications.

2022 Entry 

Please see below for the application system deadlines:

AEP online application system open 15 September 2021
Deadline for References to be submitted 16 November 2021 (5pm)
Application deadline (including references) 17 November 2021 (5pm)
University of Exeter shortlisting 01 February 2022
University of Exeter interviews 28 February & 01 March 2022
Offers of places made by providers 13 April 2022 at 12pm (midday)
Deadline for accepting offers 20 April 2022 at 12pm (midday)

Occasionally self funded places are available. Please email Katie Dalzell (programme administrator) for further details.

How to apply

Programme codeDurationStart dateApplications
A760 3 years full-time September All applications for professional training courses in educational psychology are processed by the
Association of Educational Psychologists.
Fees per year 2018/19
International TBC

The Graduate School of Education is an ESRC-recognised outlet for part-time, full-time and distance learning through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership

Further information can be found on the College's Financial Support webpages.