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To work as a psychologist in the United Kingdom, you must complete the required training as approved by the Health Professionals Council (HPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. Many psychologists continue with their training to become a chartered psychologist and use the "Cpsychol" abbreviation after your name; this is the highest possible standard of psychological expertise and knowledge. The British Psychological Society (BPS) represents psychologists in the UK and accredits training programmes that lead to chartered membership.

Things You'll Need

  • A Level (or equivalent) qualifications required by the course provider

Tips & Warnings

  • Research the field of psychology to make sure it is a suitable career choice for you.
  • To become a chartered psychologist, your honours degree course must be accredited by the British Psychological Society.
  • Additionally, at least three years of postgraduate training are required to become chartered.
  • An alternative to an honours degree course is a BPS-accredited conversion course (if you already have a first degree in another subject, or your first psychology degree is not accredited) or a BPS-accredited postgraduate course.

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