The purpose of the BASES Sport and Exercise Psychology Accreditation Route (SEPAR) is to ensure that candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, and experience required to be eligible to apply for registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist. Once registered with the HCPC, members are able to use the protected title: Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
The overarching aim of the SEPAR is to ensure that practitioners can work autonomously and are industry ready in that they will be able to integrate effectively into a range of sport and/or exercise environments with a view to facilitate optimal involvement, performance, and/or enjoyment in sport and exercise as well as support the development of mental health and well-being in clients.
The following document outlines some of the key points for you to consider prior to making an application to help prospective candidates to decide whether the SEPAR is right for them:
BASES is aware that many members interested in undertaking the SEPAR may not currently meet the 'underpinning psychology knowledge' entry criteria. We have therefore formed a partnership with The Open University to offer a 60-credit module that will enable candidates to meet this entry requirement (note: candidates will need to complete this module before they can enrol on the SEPAR).
BASES members can apply to enroll on the SEPAR twice a year, in February and August.
BASES will be accepting SEPAR applications from 6 January to 1 February and 1 July to 1 August.
Candidates are required to complete the SEPAR Online Application Form by the application deadline. Candidates will be informed of their acceptance (or requirement to provide any further necessary information) within 4 weeks. Specific information regarding the application process and requirements can be found in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook.
If you are interested in becoming a Supervisor and/or a Reviewer for the SEPAR scheme, please register your interest by filling out the relevant form(s) below and we will get in touch with you with more information:
It is acknowledged that there are a number of individuals who are BASES Accredited, or are currently undertaking the BASES Supervised Experience scheme, who do not conform to the eligibility requirements to apply directly for HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist and would like guidance on how the SEPAR may enable eligibility for registration with the HCPC.
The guidance notes below outline the options for BASES members who are Accredited or on the Supervised Experience scheme who are interested in HCPC registration.
The following documents contain all of the core information about the SEPAR programme, including who the programme is designed for, the application process, qualification requirements and the programme's aims and learning outcomes.
We kindly ask that potential candidates considering enrolling on SEPAR read these documents before contacting the BASES office for more information.
Application Documents (for submission, where applicable, with online application form)
Guidelines and Handbooks
Forms and Templates
To be eligible for enrolment onto the SEPAR it is necessary for candidates to provide evidence of the following:
Candidates are also required to undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check when they apply to enrol on SEPAR. Confirmation of enrolment will not be granted until the DBS check is complete.
More information can be found in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook.
For members who may be interested in the SEPAR, but currently do not meet the necessary entry requirements in relation to evidencing "underpinning psychology knowledge", BASES have partnered with The Open University to offer a 60-credit module that will provide the underpinning knowledge required to meet the SEPAR entry criteria.
Course Provider: The Open University
Module Title: Investigating Psychology 2
Module Code: DE200
Course Duration: October - June/July
Cost: Course fees for the DE200 module vary depending on which country within the United Kingdom you are a resident of:
Entry requirements: Candidates must have completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (i.e. sport and/or exercise science-related) and have completed, be undertaking, or be registered on a Sport and/or Exercise Psychology Masters course.
How to register: To receive a copy of the registration documents please complete the Investigating Psychology 2 pre-registration form and we will email the documents to you. As the registration period for OU courses is currently only once per year (September), these pre-registration forms will not be processed until July/August. You will not hear anything from BASES regarding these forms, prior to this time.
Once you have received the registration documents, these will need to be downloaded, completed and returned to BASES by the registration deadline (TBA) and arrange payment with The Open University.
Module Content Summary: DE200 Investigating Psychology 2 is the level 2 core module for The Open University's BPS validated psychology qualification. It provides a critical overview of psychological knowledge in the core areas of social, cognitive, biological and developmental psychology, as well as a selection of psychological research methods. It covers a substantial part of the content, knowledge and skills required to become a professional psychologist.
Module Assessment: There are seven different types of assignments designed to assess your knowledge and understanding of core areas in psychology and the methods that you will learn about. These assessments include two iCMAs, a poster, two mini-project reports, a collaborative assignment and an integrative essay. There is an exam at the end of the module. There will be detailed guidance provided for each assignment and the exam and you will also have an opportunity to get support with the assignments in the face-to-face or online learning events.
How does studying with The Open University work? As a student, you will have access to textbooks, statistical analysis software and an interactive virtual learning environment. You will have access to various forums where you can get support, discuss the module content or ask questions. You will be allocated a tutor who will support your learning on this module, including marking and providing feedback on assignments. They will provide teaching at some of the learning events and guidance on forums alongside other tutors. You will have access to a module website, which contains the module content, electronic copies of the materials, assessment information and online resources that you will need for your study. It contains the links to your forums, learning events, assessment information, research methods materials, audio-visual materials, library resources and week by week study planner.
The length of the qualification will primarily depend on the time that the candidate is able to dedicate to the qualification and the competencies that require development. As such, the SEPAR is planned to be either 2, 3, or 4-years in duration. It is suggested that candidates discuss the intended qualification time with their supervisor(s) before stipulating the intended duration of their ‘SEPAR Application document’.
There may be some exceptional circumstances whereby candidates can request Accreditation of Prior Experiential Competence (APEC) for up to half of the full SEPAR process (i.e., this is based on the 2-year registration). Any request for APEC must be made when the candidate enrols to the SEPAR.
To ensure that candidates are made aware to whom potential supervisors are, a list of suitably qualified supervisors is available on the BASES website. To qualify for inclusion on the ‘Approved SEPAR Supervisor’ list, supervisors must have adhered to the necessary training requirements and be registered with the HCPC as a Sport and Exercise Psychologist.
Further information can be found in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook, Section 2.8 and in the ‘SEPAR Supervisor Handbook’.
The total amount payable to BASES for registration will be £3,050 and can be made via monthly Direct Debit or an annual fee. This cost includes all registration and assessment fees, a number of training and development activities.
An initial fee of £650 must be paid upon submission of the SEPAR application form (with the balance of £2,400 paid monthly or annually thereafter). The application fee will be refunded, minus any costs incurred by BASES (e.g. for DBS checks), if an applicant does not meet the criteria to enrol on the SEPAR.
In addition to the SEPAR fees, there may be a requirement for additional costs such as the following:
To ensure the success of the SEPAR, there will need to be a team of willing supervisors. Whilst all information relating to the supervisor process and responsibilities can be seen in the SEPAR Qualification Handbook, and SEPAR Supervisor Handbook, supervisors will have to meet the following criteria:
The document below provides further information about the role of a SEPAR Supervisor:
SEPAR Supervisor Registration form (for Candidate application)
If you are interested in becoming a SEPAR Supervisor, please complete and submit the SEPAR Supervisor Application Form.
Supervisor Forms and Templates
It is a requirement for all candidates to have 2 reviewers throughout their SEPAR journey. Reviewers will be required to assess candidates competence at the initial, mid, and final stages of the SEPAR process and conduct a 1-hour mid-point meeting (via e.format) to discuss progress; reviewers will receive payment for each assessment point.
If you are interested in becoming a SEPAR Reviewer, please register your interest here.
Interested in becoming a SEPAR External Examiner?
To meet the HCPC requirements for quality assurance monitoring, there will be two external examiners appointed to the SEPAR. The external examiners will need to hold registration as Practitioner Psychologists with the HCPC and be prepared to serve for an appointment period of 4 years (where there will be a requirement to submit one annual report and attend one committee meeting per year).
It is preferred that the external examiner team will comprise one individual who typically fulfils an academic-practitioner role, with another who has an independent/self-employed practitioner roles.
If you are interested in becoming a SEPAR external examiner, please express your interest to the SEPAR lead, Professor Richard Thelwell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All BASES members must abide by the The BASES Code of Conduct. This states that “Members must ensure that suitable insurance indemnity cover is in place for all areas of work that they undertake”.