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    Is it really necessary to get a job as an assistant psychologist for at least a year before applying for a doctorate course in clinical psychology?

    Isn't there other ways of getting a years worth of experience?
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    Having an AP post is very helpful as it exposes you directly to the type of work clinical psychlologists do. However, it's not mandatory, and plenty of folk including myself never were assistant psychologists before starting our DClinPsy. Some of us came from PhD backgrounds, whereas others come from IAPT or were research assitsants. As long as you have a good mix of clinical, academic and research experience and can reflect on it well, that is what selectors look for.
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