Certificate Clinical Neuropsychology Practice
The certificate is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Neuropsychology and supports you to develop the practice competencies required for entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN). The Certificate can support applicants pursuing qualification in adult or paediatric neuropsychology.
In order to accrue relevant clinical experience, it is your responsibility to secure paid employment within a Neuropsychology service during your enrolment on the Certificate. It is also your responsibility to secure supervision for your work when enrolled on the course. However, we provide additional oversight and support towards developing your case portfolio and ensuring your clinical experience demonstrates the required competencies for entry to the SRCN. This support includes discussion of case formats and patient cases, and help in managing supervisions. This support is provided by clinicians with experience of conducting portfolio vivas for the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).
The Certificate requires you to have a UK Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or Educational Psychology (or international equivalent recognised by the BPS) and registration as a clinical or educational psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Applicants must also have completed or be undertaking the knowledge component of training competencies (either via QiCN or BPS accredited courses) relevant to the practice component they wish to undertake (adult or paediatric). The adult version of this certificate is only open to those who hold the adult knowledge dimension (and vice versa in the paediatric case).
All tutorials are delivered over the internet. Candidates are required to attend Bristol for induction, otherwise the certificate can be taken from home (or work).
This Certificate can be taken full-time as a one year course but may be best taken part-time over 2 years depending on the intensity of your post-qualification neuropsychology practice. Further extensions may be applied for if the candidate requires greater time to complete the course. Please note that there are two entry points for the programme each year: September and January.
Course structure, units and assessment
This Certificate consists of two units (total of 70 credits). A brief overview to each unit and its assessment requirements can be found in the dropdown list below, but please visit our programme catalogue for full details of the unit content.
Clinical Practice Dissertation (60 credits)
This unit aims to prepare and advise you on the appropriate construction of your clinical portfolio and prepare you for the demands of a viva. It is primarily led by small group tutorials with clinical tutors. These allow you to benefit from the advice of the tutors as well as the experiences and questions of others.
The unit culminates in submission of a Clinical Practice Portfolio meeting BPS requirements and which includes:
(a) A Case Log Summary covering the required period of supervised clinical practice, in the format given in the separate booklet of forms.
(b) Case Log Record Sheets for a representative sample of cases undertaken during the period of supervised clinical practice, with each signed and dated by both yourself and your Supervisor.
(c) A Supervision Log, giving date and duration of each supervision, signed by yourself and your Supervisor. This should log a minimum of 60 hours supervision.
(d) 6 clinical cases described within 6 x 4000 word (max) case reports in the format of the QiCN outlined in BPS regulations.
One of your 6 clinical cases will be based on adding a 1000-word critical update/reflection to the 3000-word case report submitted as part of the Case study unit.
Assessment is by a viva that will assess all aspects of your portfolio as well as your performance in the viva itself.
Case Study (10 credits)
This is a peer-based unit on which all candidates must select one of their own cases (from clinical practice) in order to submit an assessed case report and deliver a presentation of that case. During this unit, you will attend cases delivered by other candidates as well as your own presentation, and you are expected to make contributions to discussion of other candidates’ cases.
Presentations and discussions occur across the academic year.
Assessment is via a 3000-word submitted case report, although the case presentation (30 minutes) is marked pass/fail and should be passed. The written case report constitutes 100% of the total unit mark.
(n.b. this unit is part of the Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology and candidates who have previously taken the diploma are exempt from this unit)
Please see our prospectus for the latest information regarding fees.
There are a number of scholarships that are available for postgraduate study at Bristol, and these include UK, EU and international students. More information about scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol's funding web page, and there is also information specific to each country. The Student Funding Office has further information about funding postgraduate study.
Backdating prior practice experience
To demonstrate competency, you need to provide evidence of two years of supervised clinical practice relevant to Clinical Neuropsychology.
Up to 12 months of Clinical Experience can be recognised post-hoc via an application for backdating and validation. In order to gain any concessions against the required post-qualification training in neuropsychology, you will need to demonstrate satisfactory competence development throughout this period. This will require (i) submission of up to 2 clinical case reports (2 cases required as a minimum for any period more than 6 months backdated experience) and (ii) submission of clinical experience logs (iii) submission of supervision logs for the whole period of backdated experience. All of these elements must be completed and submitted to a satisfactory standard within the first phase of the Certificate course (within 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time).