The British Psychological Society (BPS) is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK responsible for the promotion of excellence and ethical practice in psychology. It works in partnership with education providers to ensure that quality standards in education and training are met by all accredited courses on an ongoing basis.
Both our BSc(Hons) Psychology with Counselling and our BSc(Hons) Psychology programmes are accredited by the BPS. Graduates of these programmes who achieve an honours degree classification of 2:2 or above are eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the BPS.
GBC is required to gain entrance to BPS accredited postgraduate courses that lead to becoming a fully Chartered Psychologist in any one of 9 areas; Teaching & Research, Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology, Health Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Educational Psychology, Forensic Psychology.
The Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulates a number of health care related professions including psychology, and practising psychologists must be registered with them. It is a criminal offence to claim to be registered if you are not or to use one of their 9 protected titles if you are not registered with them. Protected titles are; Counselling Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Educational Psychologist, Occupational Psychologist, Sport & Exercise Psychologist, Forensic Psychologist, Practitioner Psychologist, or Registered Psychologist.
In order to register with the HCPC, psychologists must demonstrate how they meet the HCPC’s standards in a variety of domains including education and training. Individuals who have undergone BPS accredited postgraduate training in Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Sport & Exercise Psychology, or Forensic Psychology may apply for entry onto the Register.