Foundation Clinical Practice I MED6025

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 45
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course combines lectures and clinical practice placements to provide foundational coverage of material needed by trainees to acquire, demonstrate, and consolidate skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of mental health problems seen in adults and older adults.


Trainees will attend theory-based lectures in the field of Adult Mental Health alongside placement experience in an applied clinical psychology setting.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Supervisors evaluation of clinical competence based on direct observations of clinical work and professional functioning.

Course Aims

To acquire a foundational knowledge of the theoretical, clinical and professional issues relevant to adult mental health.

To develop
 and apply the core skills of clinical psychology practice in an adult mental health setting: assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation, and communication.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

All learning outcomes are benchmarked to the standards of proficiency and the competence frameworks stipulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).


By the end of the course, students will be able to:


Understand and apply the foundational concepts relevant to clinical psychology practice in adult mental health settings.


Apply forefront knowledge to the analysis, evaluation, and comparison of psychological models, psychotherapy approaches, and testing/measurement strategies.


Develop and demonstrate a high-level understanding of ethical and values-based practice principles (e.g. non-discriminatory and safe practice, inclusivity, respect).


Develop, evaluate, and justify psychological assessment plans and formulations based on psychological theory and models.


Apply, critically evaluate, and refine psychological treatment plans that are based on an analysis of relevant contextual factors (e.g. developmental, cultural, sociodemographic).

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must successfully complete 500 hours on work placement and demonstrate all learning tasks, placement activities, and evaluations to receive credit.