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PsychologyUndergraduate study

What relevant work experience would I need?

It is often very competitive to obtain a place on a postgraduate course in Educational Psychology, with the average number of applicants per place on a Doctorate course at Southampton being eight.

To increase your chances of being successful, you will need to complete some work experience, whether it be voluntary or paid. Not only does this experience demonstrate to postgraduate selectors that you are committed to this particular field but it gives you the opportunity to apply your studies to the outside world.

Whether it be volunteering as a classroom assistant, working with children with disabilities, or just supporting young people, these are all relevant as a springboard to becoming an Educational Psychologist.

The following points include examples of relevant work experience; some include jobs in the local area.

It is best to apply for these roles via Community Volunteering as they are able to provide CRB checks that are essential for working with children and young people.  In addition, they can locate volunteers to the approprate schools in order to balance requests across the community.

CRB Check

A Criminal Records Bureau Check will be needed if you are working with children or with sensitive information

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