COVID Frequently Asked Questions for courses starting in September 2021

We understand these are unsettling times with ambiguity about the short to medium term future.  The good news is that we are preparing to welcome new, and returning, students from the end of September 2021.  Below are the most FAQ's that we get asked from potential students.  If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at and we will get back to you.

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We have spent some time seriously considering the best approach to delivering our courses in academic year 2021/22.

The UK government has made change in general requirements with regards to Covid-19, however infection prevention and control measures remain in place on NHS premises, including the Tavistock Centre.

We must follow the requirements set out by Public Health England and NHS England with regards to social distancing. This will impact what is possible in relation to returning to in person study as well as when this might be possible. It is likely that 2 metre distancing will continue in the autumn term, in addition to continued mask-wearing. Hence, we have taken the decision to continue with online delivery of our trainings for the first term of Academic Year 21-22.  

For those of you living outside of London, our online teaching will mean an opportunity to study from home without needing to relocate and/or travel, for the first part of the academic year assuming you are not undertaking a clinical placement in the Trust.  Please be aware however, that if returning to face-to-face teaching by default from January onwards, as we hope to do, we would need students to attend teaching in person from that point onwards. 

We are working with Course Leads to identify an activity or activities in the first term for each of our courses which would be best suited to face-to-face delivery, to give all our staff and students a chance to meet in person at least once in the term. These activities will be signposted to you before term starts so that you can make the necessary arrangements.  We recognise that for these activities in Term 1, it may not be possible for all students to attend in person.  

Our previous academic rear started in September 2020, on time and online.  We delivered all of our teaching online and received high levels of student satisfaction in this period. We have been monitoring levels of student satisfaction across different types of learning activity and this will inform our approach.  Please read the full statement from our Dean for students and applicants here.

Places on some of our courses are very competitive so we would encourage you to accept your place as soon as you can.  Application numbers this year are as high as they have ever been. We do appreciate that things are ever-changing and we would ask that you keep your recruitment advisor up to date with any changes to your decision.

Once you have started your studies with us, there is the option to take a break ( or intermit your studies), if your circumstances require this.  You can see more information on intermitting your studies on our website.    

For the majority of our courses, the learning outcomes and modules covered will be exactly the same.  Where we see an opportunity to enhance the online experience by adjusting our modules or learning outcomes, we will communicate this to offer-holders in advance of delivery.  Naturally, the delivery will look and feel slightly different but our course teams are very used to delivering teaching via Zoom now.  Our course administration team are also able to support students via Moodle and other online platforms.


Our entry requirements remain the same and are stated on course web pages and in our prospectus.  We have had a high level of demand for this year’s intake, and we want to ensure the very best learning experience for all students.  As in any other year, there is some flexibility on academic entry requirements for those who can demonstrate equivalent work experience; if you believe this is the case, please contact your recruitment advisor.

We appreciate that there may be added complexities to securing placements in the circumstances and even for those of you in established roles, you may be struggling to maintain contact with your populations if you are furloughed or unable to work because of childcare commitments.

We will support in whatever way we can to secure a placement and make reasonable adjustments where possible where your experience to date has been curtailed.

The advertised fees for home/EU and overseas students will still apply as the content of the course and the qualification achieved are the same. You will continue to benefit from the same high standard of training, with dedicated effort being made to replicate the immersive experience of the Tavistock learning model, and our costs also will continue to be the same.      

IELTS centres are beginning to open up in some countries, so please check with your local centre to see when/if you may be able to take a test.  We also accept the following tests and scores:

o    Pearson PTE Academic UKVI Pearson Education Ltd Listening: 59; Reading: 59; Writing: 59; Speaking: 59 (Minimum)

o   LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking) LanguageCert Listening: 33/50; Reading: 33/50: Writing: 33/50; Speaking: 33/50 (Minimum)

o   Integrated Skills in English II (ISEII) Trinity College London Reading: Pass; Listening: Pass; Speaking: Pass; Writing: Pass.

If you need to confirm your English language standard and are struggling to find a way, please contact your recruitment advisor who can provide further guidance.