Clinical Associate Psychologist

Clinical Associates in Psychology are accountable professionals who deliver psychological assessments, formulations, interventions and research within their scope of practice.

The aim of this masters level apprenticeship is to provide the general public with greater access to psychologically informed mental health and wellbeing services, filling an identified skills gap between Assistant Psychologist and registered Practitioner Psychologists. Working in health services alongside existing Psychological Practitioners, a Clinical Associate Psychologist’s work is informed by psychological theory and evidence-based psychological interventions. Each CAP specialises in a scope of practice, the first cohort at the University of Kent will specialise in ‘Adults across the lifespan’.

The University of Kent delivers the apprenticeship through the joint working of the Global and Lifelong Learning (GLL) team and the School of Psychology.


This apprenticeship follows the Level 7 Clinical Associate in Psychology Degree Apprenticeship Standard. Upon completion of the apprenticeship, apprentices will gain a master's in Clinical Associate in Psychology. 

 Duration and commitment 

The duration of the apprenticeship will be 18 months. The apprentice spends the majority of their week in their workplace.  The programme includes face-to-face teaching one day per week at the Canterbury campus. Face-to-face teaching is supported by online learning throughout the year and progress review meetings with a dedicated Apprenticeship Advisor every 8-12 weeks. 

Line managers are expected to support apprentices in their day-to-day job roles and attend the progress reviews with the Apprenticeship Advisor every 8-12 weeks to sign off the apprentice's skills and behaviours in preparation for the end-point assessment.  

Entry requirements 

  •  An approved qualification in psychology conferring eligibility for graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society, (Class 2.2 or higher)
  • NVQ level 2 or equivalent standard of literacy and numeracy

Fees and funding 

The University fees are £16,000, which can be covered by the Apprenticeship Levy or by government co-investment.

The apprentice is also paid a salary from their employer.  

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to bring in a new, trained workforce into psychological practice and it will help us deliver the NHS Long Term Plan to meet the psychological needs of people with complex needs in Kent & Medway.

Dr Ben Smith, Kent and Medway NHS Trust

Find out more

  • Currently, the University of Kent are delivering this apprenticeship to a closed cohort of learners from the Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust; however, we are taking expressions of interest from employers in the mental health and social services industry. 

Employers and Employees

Our team are there to offer support with developing apprenticeships in your organisation, be it upskilling existing employees or recruiting for new roles.

Contact us by emailing or by calling 01634 888467 (9:30am - 4pm Monday to Friday).

Students and Prospective Apprentices

Apprenticeships are available to those already employed in a relevant position and require the support of an employer to take part. If you are not already employed in a relevant role, please visit our please visit our Becoming an Apprentice page.

Want to find out more?

If you have any further questions, please book a call with our Business Development team by emailing: 

Alternatively please join our Online information Sessions to meet the team and find out more.

Link to registration from for Information Session -  10.05.2024  at 12:00

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