In the UK, in order to be able to refer to oneself as a forensic psychologist and to work as a forensic psychologist there are a number of requirements, effectively split between the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The compulsory element is to be registered with the HCPC, but in order to achieve that it is necessary to meet the required academic standards of the BPS and the practice standards of the HCPC. Figure 21.1 outlines the various routes to reaching the point of being able to apply to the HCPC for registration. The first stage is to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) from the BPS, either by achieving an undergraduate degree in psychology from an accredited BPS course or via a BPS-accredited conversion course. It is worth being aware that the requirement for GBC is a minimum of a lower second-class honours degree, whereas to move on to the next stage of the qualification process you may actually require a minimum of an upper second-class degree. This is because as more people wish to join a field of study universities and courses can be more selective in who they recruit.
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