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Difference between HCPC, BPS, BACP

Hi
I'm interested in studying in the UK. I currently have an honours in Psychology and PGCE, I'm currently working as a teacher's assistant in a special Educational needs school (mostly autistic learners). My goal is to work in schools and work with kids.

I’m still trying to understand about all the relevant bodies here in the UK. I’ve googled but I’m still a bit confused about the different bodies and what they do and what it is I’m supposed to know about them.

Can someone please explain about the difference between BPS, BACP and HCPC please.
Thank u
Original post by NataliaX07
Hi
I'm interested in studying in the UK. I currently have an honours in Psychology and PGCE, I'm currently working as a teacher's assistant in a special Educational needs school (mostly autistic learners). My goal is to work in schools and work with kids.

I’m still trying to understand about all the relevant bodies here in the UK. I’ve googled but I’m still a bit confused about the different bodies and what they do and what it is I’m supposed to know about them.

Can someone please explain about the difference between BPS, BACP and HCPC please.
Thank u


I am not a psychology specialist, but I can give you a brief outline of what they are for (don't worry, we Brits have a similar issue with the professional bodies, especially in healthcare).

BPS - the professional body for psychology related professions. I would make sure your undergrad is accredited by this body to do anything related to psychology.

BACP - this is the regulatory body for therapists.

HCPC - this is the regulatory body for general health professions.

BPS, BACP, and HCPC should all coincide and give you similar information on anything related to the psychology professions. In terms of bodies to look at first, I would prioritise BPS, HCPC, then BACP.

If you have a PGCE that has QTS, then I can't understand why you're not a teacher (the country is facing a massive shortage of teachers at the moment).

I also am not entirely sure what specific role you intend to go into when you say "my goal is to work in schools and work with kids". This could mean anything from being a teacher (which you should be able to do with your qualifications), become a child psychologist, therapist associated with children of some description, or a nursery worker.
If you want information on the roles avaialble, see the following:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/teaching-and-education
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/healthcare
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/childcare/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/education/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profiles

If you can be more specific, then I should be able to help narrow things down.
The goal you mention is quite broad - do you mean working as a teacher? You don't need any additional qualifications for teaching in a special school beyond the normal ones (but it will depend if they want to take you)
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Original post by MindMax2000
I am not a psychology specialist, but I can give you a brief outline of what they are for (don't worry, we Brits have a similar issue with the professional bodies, especially in healthcare).

BPS - the professional body for psychology related professions. I would make sure your undergrad is accredited by this body to do anything related to psychology.

BACP - this is the regulatory body for therapists.

HCPC - this is the regulatory body for general health professions.

BPS, BACP, and HCPC should all coincide and give you similar information on anything related to the psychology professions. In terms of bodies to look at first, I would prioritise BPS, HCPC, then BACP.

If you have a PGCE that has QTS, then I can't understand why you're not a teacher (the country is facing a massive shortage of teachers at the moment).

I also am not entirely sure what specific role you intend to go into when you say "my goal is to work in schools and work with kids". This could mean anything from being a teacher (which you should be able to do with your qualifications), become a child psychologist, therapist associated with children of some description, or a nursery worker.
If you want information on the roles avaialble, see the following:
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/teaching-and-education
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-categories/healthcare
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/childcare/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/education/job-profiles
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profiles

If you can be more specific, then I should be able to help narrow things down.

Hi, thank you so much for the above. It’s very informative. To clarify, I want to work as a psychologist in schools. I’m still uncertain whether as a counsellor in schools/ children’s psychologist or specialise in special needs. I still need to figure it out exactly but I want to work as a psychologist in schools. The plan was to work as a teacher while i further my studies in Psychology, so I did my PGCE back home in South Africa. COVID hit and everything was shut down for a couple of months, schools were not hiring teachers and there was a delay in getting proof that my PGCE certificate . By the time everything went back to normal my husband and I moved to England as he was offered a job here, so I didn’t get a chance to get 9months worth of experience as a teacher after my PGCE was complete.
Therefore, because I didn’t get 9 months of experience in the country I got the PGCE qualification, im not able to be awarded QTS. I have to take a longer route for QTS which I’m currently still trying to save up for.
Reply 4
Original post by Interrobang
The goal you mention is quite broad - do you mean working as a teacher? You don't need any additional qualifications for teaching in a special school beyond the normal ones (but it will depend if they want to take you)


To be honest, I’m still trying to figure out what role I want to do in schools. All I know is I want to help kids whether as a school counsellor or help kids with special needs. The goal was to work as a teacher while i further my studies in psychology but unfortunately I didn’t qualify for QTS as I wasn’t able to gain enough experience teaching in schools after I gained my PGCE. I have been informed of another route to get QTS but I’m currently trying to save up for it
Original post by NataliaX07
Hi, thank you so much for the above. It’s very informative. To clarify, I want to work as a psychologist in schools. I’m still uncertain whether as a counsellor in schools/ children’s psychologist or specialise in special needs. I still need to figure it out exactly but I want to work as a psychologist in schools. The plan was to work as a teacher while i further my studies in Psychology, so I did my PGCE back home in South Africa. COVID hit and everything was shut down for a couple of months, schools were not hiring teachers and there was a delay in getting proof that my PGCE certificate . By the time everything went back to normal my husband and I moved to England as he was offered a job here, so I didn’t get a chance to get 9months worth of experience as a teacher after my PGCE was complete.
Therefore, because I didn’t get 9 months of experience in the country I got the PGCE qualification, im not able to be awarded QTS. I have to take a longer route for QTS which I’m currently still trying to save up for.


Sorry to hear about your situation.

In which case, I would look to see if you can get your psychology degree accredited first of all by the BPS. If it's accredited, then you have less of a headache getting qualified. If not, you're looking at a conversion master's in psychology.

For any psychologist role, you're looking at a minimum of BPS accredited degree (bachelor's/conversion) + doctorate. You woud be looking at an educational psychology doctorate for the sort of jobs you're looking for. BPS accredited master's degree (not the conversion degree) is recommended for some doctorate degrees, but it's not always necessary. The competition for doctorates in psychology is insanely competitive.
See the following:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/educational-psychologis
https://www.bps.org.uk/educational-psychologist-job-profile
https://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-advice/job-descriptions/psychologist-educational-job-description
https://www.brightnetwork.co.uk/career-profiles/educational-psychologist/#training

For the counsellor role, I think you would ideally have a BACP accredited degree (see the following as an example: https://www.coopacademies.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/School-Counsellor-Job-Description-Person-Spec-290322.pdf), but I'm not sure if it's strictly necessary. For accredited master's in counselling, you generally don't require a specific undergrad, even though you have one in psychology.

In either of the above, you would need to be registered with the HCPC.

I am not entirely sure which specific role in special needs you intend to go into, if at all. Here are some links that I have found for the job profiles of special needs psychologist or teacher/teaching assistant:
https://cdev3.hee.nhs.uk/learning-disability/careers/find-a-role-to-suit-you/psychology/specialist-clinical-psychologist/
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/special-educational-needs-sen-teacher
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/special-educational-needs-sen-teaching-assistant
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/education/job-profile/special-educational-needs-sen-teacher
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/education/job-profile/special-educational-needs-sen-teaching-assistant
Original post by NataliaX07
Hi, thank you so much for the above. It’s very informative. To clarify, I want to work as a psychologist in schools. I’m still uncertain whether as a counsellor in schools/ children’s psychologist or specialise in special needs. I still need to figure it out exactly but I want to work as a psychologist in schools. The plan was to work as a teacher while i further my studies in Psychology, so I did my PGCE back home in South Africa. COVID hit and everything was shut down for a couple of months, schools were not hiring teachers and there was a delay in getting proof that my PGCE certificate . By the time everything went back to normal my husband and I moved to England as he was offered a job here, so I didn’t get a chance to get 9months worth of experience as a teacher after my PGCE was complete.
Therefore, because I didn’t get 9 months of experience in the country I got the PGCE qualification, im not able to be awarded QTS. I have to take a longer route for QTS which I’m currently still trying to save up for.

To work as an educational psychologist you need to do a DEdPsy (I think UCL calls theirs a DECPsy) professional doctorate. You will first need a BPS accredited psychology degree granting the graduate basis for for chartered membership (GBC). I suspect like the DClinPsy (the corresponding professional doctorate for clinical psychologists) it's quite competitive and many applicants will have a wealth of relevant work experience.

Working as a counsellor in schools is quite different I believe and probably has different requirements.

Teaching psychology in schools is yet a different route, incidentally.

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