This professional course is approved by the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.
About this course
This is a work-based Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved programme and has been specifically designed for professionals working in a forensic setting. On full and successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.
The Forensic Psychology Practice PGDip is a two year, full-time course which integrates academic learning with work-based professional activities. You will only be eligible to apply for the course if you are already working in a forensic setting and if you are supervised by a registered forensic psychologist (no placements are provided).
By the end of the programme, you will have developed the necessary practitioner skills to become a qualified forensic psychologist and a competent and professional scientist-practitioner.
We offer an intimate learning experience with a small student group. Teaching and supervision is coordinated ‘in-house’ to ensure high levels of quality and consistency throughout the course.
What you'll learn
The programme covers the following topics:
Professional Practice Portfolio
The aim of this topic area is to provide you with the opportunity to present detailed examples taken from the work place, of competence, decision-making, and skills as a forensic psychologist in training across the duration of the programme of studies.
Working safely and effectively within ethical, legal and organisational boundaries
This topic will provide you with the knowledge-base to be able to practice safely and effectively in your professional environment using evidence-based and theoretical models/frameworks. The topic area will introduce you to the range of professional, ethical and legal boundaries, which must underpin the work of a forensic psychologist.
This topic will strengthen your understanding of research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, strategies to critically evaluate literature, and psychological testing (e.g., psychometric assessment). The value of research to the critical evaluation of practice will be a main focus of this topic.
Contemporary issues in Forensic Practice (culture, equality and diversity)
This topic will provide you with an overview of planning and conducting psychological assessments and case formulation, monitoring procedures, and a range of approaches to therapy. The importance of assessment and treatment evaluation will also be accentuated.
Consultancy and training other professionals
This topic area will provide you with the skills and knowledge-base to be able to form, and give psychologically-informed opinions, and advice in a variety of forensic settings, including private consultancy.
We will ensure that all aspects of the HCPC’s Standards of Proficiency (SoPs) are covered. You will be supported by an academicand work-based supervisor. The academic supervisor will be an experienced academic member of staff at Newcastle University who will be a Registered Forensic Psychologist. The work-based supervisor will also be a Registered Forensic Psychologist. All supervisors will:
- support you throughout the programme
- encourage your academic and professional development
You will also be given a personal tutor who will provide you with any tutorial support you may need.
You must work under the supervision of a qualified forensic psychologist in your own workplace (no placements are provided as part of this programme). You will also need to demonstrate your developing competency in the key areas identified as essential to becoming a Registered Forensic Psychologist (ie the HCPC Standards of Proficiency).
You'll learn through:
- supervised practice in the workplace
- 15 days of block teaching sessions (January/April/July) throughout the two- year course
You will need to secure the availability of a Registered Forensic Psychologist who will act as your Work-based Supervisor. They will be able to offer supervision in your workplace for the duration of the course. You will need to confirm who your supervisor is on your application and that s/he is happy to supervise you (see ‘How to Apply’ tab).
This programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). On full and successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC to practice as a Forensic Psychologist in the UK.
Quality and Ranking
We rank in the top 150 for Psychology - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
The course is work-based. You will attend various academic workshops during the programme and will also receive academic and work-based supervision.
You must be in a forensic workplace for a minimum of 20 hours (circa. 2½ days per week) for 40 weeks during each of the two years. Academic workshops/seminars (which must be attended in person) will be delivered in three block teaching sessions throughout the programme. These will normally take place:
- at the start of the course (January)
- during Easter time (April)
- the Summer (July).
You will be at Newcastle University for a minimum of 15 working days during the two-year programme.
You'll be assessed for competency in all aspects of the programme Learning Outcomes and stipulated HCPC SoPs. These are reviewed regularly at supervision sessions with your academic and work-based supervisors.
The largest assessment is the Professional Practice Portfolio where you will gather exemplars of your work from your forensic psychology practice.
You will complete further assessments on aspects of your practice/academic learning, including:
- in-class assessments
- a training evaluation report
- training delivery
- a case study.