How to become a Clinical Psychologist | The BASICS

Hello everyone! In this video I talk about how to become a Clinical Psychologist in the UK. The video is split into two parts – (1) The essential criteria and (2) Tips that I wish I knew earlier.

Timestamps if you would like to skip ahead:
1. 1:55 Undergraduate degree in Psychology
2. 2:40 Conversion course/Master’s degree
3. 4:37 Clinical experience
4. 5:47 Types of clinical experience – Support worker/HCA/AP/PWP
5. 8:45 Research experience
6. 11:22 Tip 1 – Managing your expectations of ‘getting on’
7. 12:36 Tip 2 – Focus on the journey more than the destination
8. 13:45 Tip 3 – Keep a reflective journal
9. 14:53 Tip 4 – Strengthen your connections

I decided to start a Youtube channel simply because there just isn’t enough content around psychology, making it a very mysterious/inaccurately highbrow career to be in. I love watching YouTube so finally bit the bullet to try to de-mystify the process myself.

If you’re interested in more information about psychology, mental health, application processes, follow me on 🙂

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    added on 9 Jun, 2020

    Hi thank you very much for making the video! It would also be nice if you could give some tips on applying AP posts in the next video when u have time please? Thank you!:)

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    added on 10 Jun, 2020

    You deserve more subscribers

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    added on 10 Jun, 2020

    Hey, thank you for a brilliant video! I really like the advice you gave about keeping a reflective journal. Would it be possible to make a video specifically focused on this and how you did it? What you wrote, did you follow a specific framework? Any useful resources for reflective writing/thinking etc. Thank you ❤️

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    added on 10 Jun, 2020

    Great video! Are you a Trainee Clinical Psychologist studying at Oxford University? ☺️

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    added on 10 Jun, 2020

    Thank you so much for all the information!! It's pretty helpful and makes it easier to think about the whole process!!
    P.S. Just wanted to let you know that the sound of the video was quite low on my end 🙂

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    added on 11 Jun, 2020

    hey, this was very informative – thanks! can you make a video giving general tips about mental health to ppl who aren't in the medical sector? also picked up that u keep a personal journal, any advice on how to get started/benefits?

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    added on 11 Jun, 2020

    This video is really helpful thank you! I would love to hear about your journey in this profession so far too 🙂

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    added on 11 Jun, 2020

    If u get 2:1 in Undergraduate degree u can directly apply for D clinic course or u have to do Masters

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    added on 12 Jun, 2020

    Thank you very much! I have found this video really useful! I am glad that you have decided to start your journey and brought us with you 🙂

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    added on 15 Jun, 2020

    Can you do a video about your personal journey onto the doctorate?

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    added on 15 Jun, 2020

    Great video well done, I’m starting my psychology degree in October I’m so excited ☺️

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    added on 16 Jun, 2020

    I’m 12 I know it’s weird but anyways I wanna be a clinical psychologist

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    added on 18 Jun, 2020

    The video was awesome and helpful. I'm doing an online degree in Psychology that's eligible for chartered membership. However, I will be applying for a doctorate as an international student, you mentioned you were international yourself. Would you like to explain more how that works?

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    added on 22 Jun, 2020

    Hiya, this is really helpful thank you! Love the timestamps especially. I found the video quite quiet thought that might just be my audio! I would be curious to know your thoughts on vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Thanks!

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    added on 25 Jun, 2020

    HCA is more hands on care, usually following care plans.
    Support workers are genuinely more about promoting independence to service users and following their support plans. I've done both.
    Graduated with MSc Health Psychology in 2019. Travelling for now, but when I get back to the UK hopefully get my first AP post. Then, hopefully a docterate in the future. 🙂

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    added on 29 Jun, 2020

    This was so helpful ❤️ Thank you.

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    added on 29 Jun, 2020

    Hello! I just have a question. Is the doctorate in psychology and the PhD the same thing?

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    added on 30 Jun, 2020

    Thank you for that! Your videos are very helpful 🙂

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    added on 4 Jul, 2020

    To clarify; before applying to the doctorate degree, do you need to have a few years of paid work experience after the bachelors in psychology? I have plenty of long term volunteering roles in psychological areas, but would I need this instead?

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    added on 8 Jul, 2020

    many undergrad bsc Psychology degrees have an integrated placement year, so the course lasts for 4 years. would this count as relevant and sufficient experience to apply for the doctorate in clinical psychology? Thank you!

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    added on 9 Jul, 2020

    Hi, thank you so much for this video. It was really helpful! I was wondering whether working as a learning support worker in schools would be useful clinical experience? Or is that edging more towards the side of educational psychology?

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    added on 10 Jul, 2020

    Hey Aika, I wanna do Counselling Psychology instead and I'm the 2020 graduation cohort. Do you know what the differences are? One thing that I find frustrating is that Unis require a certificate in counselling skills which has to be self funded, other than the 2:1, BPS registration, and work experience. What do you know about this? I do want to do Counselling Psy but all this self funding is crazy! I'm fine applying for a student loan for the Doctorate but the Certificate just has to be paid from my pocket and my pocket is empty for now, since the pandemic. If you don't know this yourself, perhaps you could do a collab with someone who's done it, I'm sure you know people, right? Much love to you.

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    added on 20 Jul, 2020

    Hi, I have found all your videos so informative and helpful so thank you! I was wondering whether you think it is important to do a masters or not because I will graduate next year (probably with a 2:1) and I am not sure whether to apply for a masters or not? Thank youuu 🙂

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    added on 21 Jul, 2020

    Thank you for this video! I've just been accepted onto an MSc Psychology Conversion course after doing an undergrad in Ancient History. Bit of a career change but really excited.

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    added on 23 Jul, 2020

    Sorry but the audio quality sucks

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    added on 9 Aug, 2020

    Cool vid thanks for sharing. It's great to hear about other people's experience in the progression of this profession.

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    added on 13 Aug, 2020

    Just to clarify. If you get a 1st or 2:1 in your BSc then you might not need a masters to get onto a doctorate programme?

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    added on 20 Aug, 2020

    ang hina ng voice …

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    added on 29 Aug, 2020

    Could you do a video on the different types of therapists?

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    added on 2 Sep, 2020

    Omg I’m moving to UK to study clinical psychology thank u so much!
    Your channel help very much! Thank you again !
    U are beautiful

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    added on 2 Sep, 2020

    I'm doing a psych conversion masters. Thank you for this. You are beautiful. I don't quite know why I needed to express this, but I did. x

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    added on 3 Sep, 2020

    Quick question. If im some random 15 year old who wants to be a clinical psychologist like help people with problems and that stuff how do i get an undergraduate degree and doctorate degree and like i wanna know the route of what i should do if i want to be a clinical psychologist like when i havent done any college work or even GCSE's Thanks

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    added on 5 Sep, 2020

    The difference between healthcare assistant and support worker should, in theory, be that healthcare assistants work with less able people who often need personal care and high level of care input (medications given, taken to places, shopping and cooking done for the patient) and the support workers work with people that are more able; they have more of a supervisory role focused on empowering and guidance and less on personal care or manual handling ( so they would remind the patient about their medication, they will accompany someone out, and help them shop and cook for themselves). The elderly tend to get healthcare assistants, people with learning disabilities tend to get support. The lines between them are not definite though – you do empower the elderly too, and some people with learning disabilities need both care and support. In real life, the demarcation can't be mentained.

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    added on 7 Sep, 2020

    Would love to see a video on different type of therapists in the UK! Just starting my journey into psychology 🙂

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    added on 7 Sep, 2020

    How long does it take to become one ?

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    added on 9 Sep, 2020

    This was the most helpful video ever! Thank you so so much 🙂

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    added on 11 Sep, 2020

    Does the MSc have to be BPS accredited? My degree in psychology is, however the masters course I want to do at a good university isn’t bps accredited as it’s a new course? But it is a psychology based degree, thank you!

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    added on 12 Sep, 2020

    Is she speaking very softly?

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    added on 13 Sep, 2020

    PLEASE straighten those pictures! (Unless you are getting rid of bad luck)

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    added on 15 Sep, 2020

    I'm in Sixthform, A Level learning Psychology, History and Philosophy(I'm planning to probably learn Biology in addition)I am still puzzled about whether to take a science(like Biology, Chemistry or Physics) in addition to Psychology or not in order to learn Psychology in the university?

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    added on 15 Sep, 2020

    Hi Ayka, thanks for the video.

    I'm thinking of doing a masters in Psychology, what are your thoughts on distance learning courses of this nature?

    thanks in advance.

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    added on 18 Sep, 2020

    Fantastic explanation just what I was hoping for. Starting my psychology degree in January 2021. Currently an assistant manager for supported living with a whole range of mental health diagnoses. Knowing this is perfect experience in line with the doctorate is amazing. Please could you clarify one thing for me. If you get a 2.1 or 1st can you go straight onto doctorate without doing a masters in-between? Thanks

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    added on 23 Sep, 2020

    Hi great video. Can I ask is it more beneficial to do a psychology undergraduate degree or the conversion masters? I have a degree in another subject and want to pursue psychology but don't know if I would learn more on a 4 yr degree as opposed to the masters. Thanks

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    added on 24 Sep, 2020

    I had completed masters biotechnology can I apply for master psychology???

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    added on 26 Sep, 2020

    Does a PsyD degree exist in the UK?

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    added on 27 Sep, 2020

    Ive chosen a BA in Philosophy and Psychological Studies and am due to start next week but now I'm panicking, should i have chosen a BSc in Psychology instead?

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