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Psychology guide

A Psychology degree can make you highly employable. Studying this subject can lead to a career in law, social work, teaching, business and much more.

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CONTENTS

  1. What's Psychology?

  2. Why study Psychology?

  3. What jobs can you get as a Psychology graduate?

  4. What qualifications do you need?

  5. What degrees can you study?

  6. How will you be assessed?

  7. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

What's Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind. It's an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups through general principles, using case studies to diagnose issues.

A professional practitioner of psychology is called a psychologist. Psychologists attempt to understand the role of a person's mental functions in their individual behaviour and how they behave in a social environment.

Why study Psychology?

Psychology allows you to understand the principles of what makes people tick. Reliant on scientific methods, the statistics involved are tricky to understand, but worth it in the long run.

You'll be taught to think critically. A great number of methods taught are focused on this outcome, and it's a superb skill to have for your future career. Valuable in psychology, as well as in other careers, such as law.

Psychology boosts your social skills. Understanding the human condition is very useful in job interviews and workplace relationships.

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What jobs can you get as a Psychology graduate?

Psychology degrees teach you transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as a good level of interpersonal understanding, and writing and listening skills.

Particular job roles, as well as psychologist, include counsellor, teacher and lecturer, forensic psychologist, and working in sport and exercise, advertising, careers advice, HR, and market research.

Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including Think Ahead.

Professional job: Usually needs a degree
Non-professional job: Doesn't usually need a degree

What qualifications do you need?

You'll usually need an A Level in one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology or Statistics.

Different universities and courses will ask for a variety of grades and other entry requirements. These are subject to change. Ensure you confirm with your chosen institutions what their requirements are.

What degrees can you study?

  • BA Psychology and Philosophy
  • BA Psychology and Theological Studies
  • BA Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science
  • BA Psychology and Management

How will you be assessed?

Courses are assessed via a variety of ways. Your degree result could be measured through lectures, workshops and laboratory practicals, as well as traditional exams, essays, projects and presentations.

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include straight MAs in Psychology, as well as master's courses in Abnormal and Clinical Psychology, Addiction Counselling, Adolescent Psychology, Advanced Cognitive Therapy and Sport Psychology.

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