Clinical Associate in Psychology

The Clinical Associate in Psychology Apprenticeship at Keele University has been developed in conjunction with the NHS. The programme is designed to teach the skills used in practice as a Clinical Associate in Psychology, to ensure individuals meet the rigorous clinical standards required for the role. 

Duration: 18 months to 3 years.

Qualification: MSc, the award title recognises the specific area of practice the apprentice is trained in, such as MSc Clinical Associate in Psychology (Learning Disability). 

Application: We typically require applications 8 weeks before programme starts.

Ofsted: 'Good' Ofsted rating for Apprenticeships at Keele University in Full Inspection, June 2023.

Thursday 2nd of May 13:00-14:00
Clinical Associate in Psychology Apprenticeship Webinar

You are warmly invited to our Clinical Associate in Psychology Apprenticeship Webinar. The Microsoft Teams session is designed to answer any questions you may have about our apprenticeship, in an informal online setting.

Our Programme Lead will provide a detailed overview of the apprenticeship. Staff from our Apprenticeships Team will also be available to discuss how Keele University supports employers and apprentices and key deadlines for 2024 intake.

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The programme focuses on ensuring participants can integrate different psychotherapeutic models within local communities, advocate for service users and conduct effective service evaluation.  

  • The apprenticeship is collaboratively produced and managed by both regional NHS Trusts and the Programme Team at Keele University. 
  • The shared ethos between the organisations ensures that the apprenticeship programme produces individuals capable of thriving within a Clinical Associate in Psychology role.
  • The Programme Team at Keele University are registered and active practitioners guiding the apprenticeship learning, alongside sessions from clinicians, professionals, service leaders and academics from within the region. 

The design of the apprenticeship recognises that the Clinical Associate in Psychology role is grounded in psychological theory, but also requires high level clinical skills. Modules on the programme typically introduce and explore.

  • The necessary frameworks and theory in which Clinical Associates in Psychology operate.
  • Opportunities to practice and develop clinical skills.
  • The tools to grow leadership skills and train participants to effectively evaluate services.  
  • Assessments are designed to match the knowledge, skills and behaviours of a Clinical Associate in Psychology role to ensure individuals meet the required clinical standards.

To complete an apprenticeship, you must be employed in an organisation with your employer's support. We typically require apprentice applications 8 weeks before programme starts and by undertaking an apprenticeship, you commit to completing the End Point Assessment (EPA).  

The Clinical Associate in Psychology Apprenticeship typically requires. 

  • A 2:2 Undergraduate Psychology degree (conferring Graduate Basis for Chartership) with significant experience, or a 2:1 or above.
  • GCSE Maths and English, Grade C (4) or equivalent.

We will work in partnership with you to ensure you are supported throughout the apprenticeship process.

  • Our Business Engagement Manager is here to facilitate any questions you may have on eligibility, contracting and starting your apprenticeship journey.
  • This relationship does not stop once you start an apprenticeship at Keele University. We offer a personalised approach to apprentices, ensuring you have the assistance you need from Keele University as your Training Provider, every step of the way.

Apprenticeships are paid for by employers, not apprentices.

  • Employers with a payroll of more than £3 million can typically use their apprenticeship levy contributions to pay for places on apprenticeship programmes.
  • Any business with a payroll below £3 million is usually eligible for government funding that will cover at least 95% of the cost of an apprenticeship course. 

Additional incentives are also available to employers based on differing circumstances. 

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Why Keele University?

Keele University is proud to offer a variety of apprenticeships across different sectors and specialisms. We provide a personalised approach to apprenticeships and have an evolving programme portfolio, based on employer needs through consultation.