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University of Cambridge

Psychological and Behavioural Sciences

UCAS Code: C800

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Typical A Level offer: A*AA Some Colleges require: A Level Biology; A Level Mathematics; an A Level science/mathematics subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

40-42

776 at Higher Level Some Colleges require: Higher Level Biology; Higher Level Mathematics; a Higher Level science/mathematics subject

UCAS Tariff

152

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20%
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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Psychology

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Psychological and Behavioural Sciences (PBS) is an exciting, broad and flexible degree that covers all aspects of psychology. The Cambridge course gives you the opportunity to study cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology within the broader context of the behavioural sciences. It covers, for example, cognitive psychology, psychopathology, language, brain mechanisms, gender, family relationships and influences, personality, and group social behaviour.

The Uni


Course locations:

Queens'

Jesus

Downing

Newnham

St Catharine's

Sidney Sussex

Open application

Pembroke

Hughes Hall

Magdalene

Selwyn

King's

Murray Edwards

Emmanuel

Corpus Christi

St Edmund's

St John's

Christ's

Girton

Clare

Fitzwilliam

Robinson

Homerton

Gonville & Caius

Lucy Cavendish

Churchill

Trinity Hall

Wolfson

Trinity

Department:

Experimental Psychology

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Psychology (non-specific)

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

64%
UK students
36%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
1%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A

After graduation


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Psychology (non-specific)

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,000
high
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
69%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Childcare and related personal services
13%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Health professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

20 years ago, this was a specialist degree for would-be psychologists but now it is the model of a modern, flexible degree subject. One of the UK's fastest-growing subject at degree level, and the second most popular subject overall (it recently overtook business studies), one in 23 of all graduates last year had psychology degrees. As you'd expect with figures like that, jobs in psychology itself are incredibly competitive, so to stand a chance of securing one, you need to get a postgraduate qualification (probably a doctorate in most fields, especially clinical psychology) and some relevant work experience. But even though there are so many psychology graduates — far more than there are jobs in psychology, and over 13,800 in total last year — this degree has a lower unemployment rate than average because its grads are so flexible and well-regarded by business and other industries across the economy. Everywhere there are good jobs in the UK economy, you'll find psychology graduates - and it's hardly surprising as the course helps you gain a mix of good people skills and excellent number and data handling skills. A psychology degree ticks most employers' boxes — but we'd suggest you don't drop your maths modules.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Psychology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£30k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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Post-six month graduation stats:

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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