What students say about psychology
I study psychology and I love it. Although the course is challenging, it was also extremely interesting and there are many opportunities to get 'hands on' - for example, during the second semester, we were all given the chance to hold a human brain in order to get a deeper understanding of the module, 'brain and mind'.1st year, Bangor University
The BSc psychology course starts off almost like an A-Level overlap in the first year, but gets rapidly more difficult, particularly noticeable with the neuroscience components. Content is often based on cutting-edge research and is fascinating, delivered by many inspiring lecturers. The work is essay and long-answer exam based, with different respective weightings depending on the module.3rd year, Royal Holloway, University of London
My course contains the basic modules of biology, cognition, social and individual types of psychology. It then also delves further into specific areas such as educational, forensic, sport and health psychology. As well as this, there is also some philosophy and maths involved. Although the maths is worked out with a computer programme, the results still need to be interpreted and understood.1st year, Coventry University
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
- No Specific Requirements
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
For a psychology personal statement, describing any your personal insights into the subject or how you've pursued your interest outside the classroom will impress over quoting Freud or Milgram...
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- British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
- Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
- Bar Standards Board
- Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
- EFMD Quality Improvement System
- Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
- Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
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Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- Psychologist ( eg clinical, educational, occupational)
- Youth and community worker
Other real-life job examples
- Social Researcher
- PR officer
- HR officer
What employers like about this subject
One of the country's most popular degrees, psychology enables students to gain subject-specific skills such as developing an understanding of current theory and practice in fields of psychology and how to generate and interpret research data. General skills that employers appreciate in psychology graduates include communication, project management, numeracy and negotiation skills. Some roles in psychology itself, such as clinical psychology, may need a postgraduate qualification to enter. Psychology graduates work for a wide range of employers including hospitals and health trusts, schools and colleges, social care organisations and management consultants.