Educational psychologist

Social sciences and religion

Career outlook for educational psychologist

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Currently employed in Scotland


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What's it like?

You would help children and young people with problems in a number of areas such as learning, additional support needs, social, emotional or behavioural issues. 

Your work would involve improving young people’s life chances by finding solutions to support their learning and wellbeing.

The role includes working with young people alongside parents and carers, teachers, social work and health services to make sure young people get the best help.

Typical tasks might include:

  • working with teachers, parents and other professionals to understand what a child needs and decide on the best approach
  • observe and assess the child if needed
  • help develop a solution matching the needs of the child
  • run projects to promote healthy learning and socialising amongst young people
  • train teaching staff working with children in need of extra support
  • carry out research and develop policy 

You would be employed in the public sector, but some private sector posts are available.

It would be important to be able to deal with pressure. You may have to keep calm in stressful situations.

Working conditions


You would work 35 hours, Monday to Friday. There may be some meetings outside of these hours.


You would work in an office and a variety of educational settings.


You will need to travel to meet children and attend meetings in schools and other offices. A driving licence is desirable.

UK employment status





Self employed


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  • Verbal communication
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  • Empathising
  • Developing a plan
  • Motivating others

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Choosing a Foundation Apprenticeship as one of your subjects in S5 and S6 can help you get a head start with this type of job.

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Becoming an educational psychologist in Scotland involves taking a postgraduate training route.

To start training as an educational psychologist you will need:

  • a Psychology Degree (SCQF Level 10) accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS. Your accredited degree will qualify you for membership. If you don't have a BPS accredited degree you can gain membership by completing an accredited conversion course

With GBC Membership you can start your postgraduate training.

You will need to complete three years of postgraduate study to Doctoral level with supervised work placements (SCQF Level 12).  The postgraduate training includes:

  • a BPS accredited Master of Science in Educational Psychology (Scotland). This is a two-year full-time professional training programme
  • a year of supervised placement with a BPS accredited psychological service in Scotland
  • completion of the BPS’s Qualification in Educational Psychology (Scotland) Stage 2

Your postgraduate study will qualify for the BPS's Chartered status and allow you to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Only when you have registered with the HCPC can you start work as an educational psychologist.

You must be a UK or EU resident to undertake postgraduate study in this area. Courses aren’t currently open to students outside the EU. 

Useful subjects

  • English (required by many courses)
  • Maths (required by many courses)
  • Sciences (required by many courses)
  • Computing Science
  • Psychology
  • Other social subjects
  • Modern Languages

You will also need

Before training as an educational psychologist, you will need experience working with children, young people and their families. Examples of relevant experience include work as a teacher or teaching assistant, social work assistant, residential child care officer, community education worker, youth club worker, literacy tutor, assistant psychologist (clinical or educational), research assistant, and careers adviser.  

Each university will specify a minimum length of relevant experience. Typically, this ranges from one to two years. 

All successful applicants are subject to a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme check prior to starting the programme.

You will be eligible for membership of the British Psychological Society.

You will also need to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Educational Psychologist. 

Helpful to have

You may also consider membership of the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology.