How our application process works

We appreciate the investment that prospective students make in applying to our courses. That is why we have a dedicated team on hand to help you throughout the application process. Join us at our open day, one of our open evenings or in a webinar.

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Applications for the 2018/19 academic year are now closed. "019/20 applications will open in December 2018. 

Applications to our courses can be competitive as places are limited. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and supporting documents as early in the recruitment cycle as you can. 

Before you start your application, please check that you meet the entry requirements for your chosen course. You can find out about specific course criteria by looking on the course information pages, or please contact us. In addition, applicants who do not speak English as their first language will be required to provide evidence that they have achieved an IELTS grade that is appropriate for their course.

All Trust courses are applied for via our online admissions system MyTap, accessible via the relevant course page.  When you first apply to us, you will be asked to fill in a short registration form that will allow you access to the system.  After you have submitted your application, all your details will be held in your MyTAP Portal through which you will be able to review your application, select and confirm an interview and accept your offer of study.    The system allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it at another time. 

If you have previously done a course or had work experience that covers some of the material in the course you're applying for, you may be eligible to apply to enter the course with advanced standing, meaning that you have already met some of the learning outcomes on the course. This is called 'accreditation of prior learning' (APL).

If your learning is gained from other courses, it is called 'prior certificated learning', and through experience you have gained in your career is called 'prior experiential learning'.

In terms of assessment and making the final award, APL credits are not taken into account when calculating your final mark for award. Therefore, your award will be calculated only on the modules that you have completed while on that course.

Please see further information about APL on our student regulations pages.

All our Postgraduate level courses require references that are submitted as part of the application process - we therefore ask that you encourage your referees to return references to us as soon as they can.

The majority of courses require two references but some can differ in the nature and number that are required so please check the individual course pages.  

Please note that we cannot progress your application to the next stage without references.

Your application will be received by the Department of Education and Training and then reviewed by academic staff to verify whether you meet the basic selection criteria. If your references have not been received at this point, you will be asked to follow them up and/or provide other information. 

Most, but not all, of our courses require an interview at The Tavistock Centre and you will be informed in good time of when this will be, and who you will be meeting. In most cases, you will be able to select a date and time that is convenient for you. Some courses have individual interviews, some have panel interviews and some courses have both. Online interviews can be conducted in exceptional circumstances, or if the course is fully online in delivery.

All interviews are conducted in accordance to the Trust’s strict Admissions Policy criteria. If you require any assistance due to a disability, please let us know.  Full information regarding support for disabled applicants and students can be found here.

If your application and interview are successful, you will be sent an offer of study. It is important that you read your offer carefully as it will set out any conditions and/or recommendations from the Department of Education and Training. 

Due to the nature of our courses, many offers will be conditional upon certain requirements such as DBS checks being successfully carried out. The Trust reserves the right to retract an offer where it is found that an applicant is not suitable for the course. Where the academic teams have considered your application to be unsuccessful, we will let you know and provide an opportunity for feedback to be given, where appropriate. 

When you accept your offer, you will need to complete our online offer response form. Once we receive this, you will be sent a confirmation email which will guide you through the remaining steps required to complete registration:

1. Paying your fees
2. Joining the Library and access to online resources
3. Attending Welcome Week and induction event.

Before accepting your offer, we ask that you read our Regulations for registration and enrolment.

The majority of our courses close their applications before the start of the academic year however, if a course fills, we reserve the right to close applications. Some courses close earlier and some will close later - please see individual course pages for their application status.

If you have already started an application to a postgraduate course and would like to return to it to complete it, please click here to access your applicant portal.

If your course involves any clinical work, you will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before working with adults or children. This is a legal requirement.

If you currently hold a DBS on the online update service, you can give us written permission to look up your certificate and we will check that it is correct for the course you intend to study. If you do not have a DBS certificate, or are not registered for the online update service, you will need to obtain one:

  • contact the DBS office to obtain an application form for an enhanced disclosure on 0300 020 0190 
  • give the Tavistock Organisation number (2014 5000 006). 

When you receive the DBS application form, you will need to complete all the relevant parts and then bring your application form with the relevant ID documents for your course administrator to check. 

All details of the DBS application are logged on the student database by your course administrator. After this process the application is forwarded to one of our Trust counter-signatories. The counter-signatory has to double check the application to ensure it has been completed correctly and the correct ID documents have been seen and logged on the student database. Counter-signatories also log when the application was posted.

Once checked and signed off, the application is posted to the DBS office for processing.

Before you can pre-enrol on your course of study, you must accept the Terms and Conditions of study.  These terms will be stored in your MyTAP online portal for you to refer to at any time.

Read or download our Terms and Conditions for the upcoming academic year.

The academic term dates for 2018/19 are below.  Please note that some courses have slightly differing dates, please check with your course administrator once you have accepted your place of study:


  • Monday 1 October 2018 - Friday 14 December 2018
  • Monday 7 January 2019 - Friday 29 March 2019
  • Tuesday 23 April 2019 - Friday 24 May 2019

If your course has a clinical or observation element then clinical work, clinical supervision and observation support may continue beyond the dates of the teaching year stated above. Tutorial and unit support will also be available.

Policy documents