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This course provides the academic training aspect for a newly developed apprenticeship programme, the Clinical Associate in Psychology (CAP), for implementation in England. It is introduced as part of a programme of work to provide greater access to psychologically informed mental health services. Clinical Associates in Psychology fill an identified skills gap between assistant psychologist and qualified clinical psychologists. They are able to practice autonomously with appropriate support, working within their scope of practice, under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist.
This academic course aims to provide CAPs with an understanding of the development and maintenance of mental distress, the principles and methods of evidence-based practice and the foundational skills for working with individuals with severe and enduring mental health issues. The latter includes assessment, formulation and treatment planning/implementation, along with more general clinical skills, such as reflective practice and models of supervision.
The MSc Clinical Associate in Psychology aims to:
The full apprenticeship standard and assessment plan can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships.
15 months + EPA
The course is delivered on a semester pattern at LSBU, each semester being 12 weeks in duration. Students study six modules.
The course duration is 15 months full-time, taught one day per week over three semesters with five modules being taught in the first two semesters and a dissertation running through the summer and into the third semester. Final completion of the apprenticeship is subject to successful completion of the End Point Assessment.
A University credit is the equivalent of 200 student study hours. Each module is a self-contained part of the course of study and carries a 20 credit value, with the dissertation being worth 60.
On successful completion, students will qualify for the title of Clinical Associate in Psychology.
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This Apprenticeship will include the knowledge, skills and behaviours typically required to achieve full member or chartered status with the industry’s recognised professional bodies. The final assessment process for this Apprenticeship will typically be partly representative of the review process required for professional registration.
Staff teaching on the course have a vast array of experience coming from a variety of academic and clinical backgrounds with many having close links with the professional bodies associated with these subject areas.
This apprenticeship standard aligns with the following professional recognition:
British Psychological Society for Masters level
Apprentices on this course must be employed in relevant employment for the duration of the course.
The course will be a mixture of lecture, tutorials and practical based exercises and will be assessed by a wide variety of methods including, written essays, case studies, presentations, and reflective logs.
All students are allocated a personal tutor who they will normally meet with once per semester. As an apprentice they will also be allocated a Skills Assessor who will be ensuring that regular progress reviews take place and that they are on track for completion of the apprenticeship.
Graduate basis for chartered membership for the British Psychological Society (GBC)
GCSE grade A-C in Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above)
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15 months + EPA
An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our online application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.
Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.
There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.
We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Enrolment pages.
The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.
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The cost of the apprenticeship is paid fully by the employer (sometimes part funded by the government) through apprenticeship levy. The apprenticeship levy is a pot of money some companies pay into, which all businesses have access to spend on the training costs of apprenticeships. Companies fall into two categories: levy-payers (who pay into the pot) and non-levy payers (who do not). You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers
The apprentice does not contribute toward the cost of study.
Apprenticeship standards are all assigned a funding band by the Government – these funding bands are the maximum amount the Government will fund via the levy towards a given apprenticeship standard. There are currently 30 funding bands ranging from £1,000 to £27,000.
Employers with less than 50 staff sending an apprentice aged 16-18 will have 100% of the training costs paid by the government. All employers who employ an apprentice aged 16-18 on the first day of teaching will receive a £1,000 incentive from the government. You can find out more in our Levy and Funding section, specifically for employers.
Some modules include field with and site visits, which may be residential or outside the United Kingdom, ranging from three to five days. These are organised by the Division and students are required to contribute towards the cost. If there are any field trips or any course visits as part of your course, we will let you know in good time.