A degree in psychology takes a closer look at human behaviour. Examining issues including ageing, education, relationships, social standing, and employment.
Universities generally look for a wide range of GCSE subjects. Mathematics and English at Grade C level or above are required.
For A-Levels are a minimum of AAA from three A-levels. If one of the three A-levels is psychology, chemistry, physics, biology, statistics or mathematics then an AAB maybe ok.
There are no mandatory subjects needed for your application to be considered. However, it would be useful to have A-levels in psychology, sociology, biology or mathematics.
In your personal statement you should describe how you have pursued your interest in psychology. Include both academic and personal examples of how you have furthered your interest in psychology. Any relevant work experience should also be included. For help with writing your personal statement you should take a look at our guide on writing a personal statement.
Tuition fees will likely be £9,250 per year. This is the current maximum UK universities can charge. However, if you opt to study part time this fee will be lower but you will study for a longer period of time.
The exact entry requirements will be dependent on the course you are applying for, and at which university. Generally, graduates should have a recognised degree in Psychology that is at least at upper second-class BA level. Usually, applicants who have undertaken an Honours program but have achieved only a pass will not be eligible.
If you have previously studied a subject other than Psychology and achieved at least an upper-second class honours level, you might be offered the chance to take a conversion course before moving onto a Masters. Not all universities offer conversion routes, so check with your chosen university.
Some postgraduate degrees in Psychology may require students to attend an entrance interview. To help you understand postgraduate interviews we have put together an article for the top 10 questions that are likely to pop up and the best ways that you can answer them: Top 10 Postgraduate Interview Questions.
A psychology degree equips you with a wide range of skills that cover not just the sciences. As such, lots of career pathways will open up to you as a psychology graduate. As well as going straight into a career in psychology, you will also have the qualifications needed to apply for an MSc in Psychology and continue in higher education as a psychology student.
Possible jobs you might want to consider upon graduation include:
- Counselling Psychologist.
- Educational Psychologist.
- Clinical Psychology.
- Health Psychologist.
- Occupational Psychologist.
- Forensic Psychologist.
You don’t have to limit yourself to the field of psychology. With a degree in psychology you can also consider the following wide range of careers:
- Forensic Accountant.
- Careers Advisor.
- Market Researcher.
- Human Resources Officer.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that, since a degree in psychology arms you with a number of versatile, transferable skills, employers from various fields of industry will be open to considering your application.
A master's degree opens up lots of new career options to you. The exact career opportunities available will depend on a few factors, including what area of psychology you specialised in.
The most popular degree options are:
- Masters in Experimental Psychology: This degree is heavily research-based and as such will prepare you for a career in research. During the course, you will focus on a specialised area - for example, human factors - and upon graduation potential jobs will include lab manager, research assistant and market researcher.
- Masters in Clinical Psychology: Further study is not necessary after this terminal degree, which prepares you for professional practice. It’s a practise-based program which can lead to jobs as a psychotherapy or psychological assessor.
- Masters in an Applied Psychology Area: Taking a Masters in an applied psychology area, such as forensic psychology, gives you the best chance of finding work immediately upon graduation. An MS or MA in an applied field will prepare you to work directly in the specialise are you have studied. Careers in teaching will also be possible, both at college or uni level.
If you aren’t considering any of the above options, career opportunities are still plentiful. Some prior thinking and planning will help you to work out a career that works for you. Teaching positions are solid options, while working in some capacity for local councils or even the government are possibilities, too.
Other job roles to consider include:
- Employment counsellor
- Drug and alcohol specialist
- Parole officer
- Social service manager
- Rehabilitation counsellor
Jobs in mental health and the health care sector will also be among your options.