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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
when im older i would really like to be a psychologist the things is im still not entirely sure what qualifications i need as in a levels degrees etc. it all confuses me as there are loads of different qualifications.
If anyone could give me a basic outline as to what qualifications i need i would be very grateful

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hi, definetly not a expert on this. But for A levels it may be a useful starting point to do psychology but is certainly not essential. Then a degree in psychology which will give you the good starting point that you need.

    Thats my general guess but it would be best to talk it over with a careers advisor, though i know that the A levels you pick are not important, its the grades that count

    good luck :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Agreed, its the grades that count. Although i think if you want to do the science based psychology (which only changes the name of your degree and the extra subjects you take) you need some science subject from school/college. Dunno though, its different for every uni. Hmmm...actually, isnt it true that if you do A Level Psych you can go straight into 2nd year at uni? Im sure i read that somewhere.

    Anyways, im doing an MA Honours course in Psychology at uni. Once ive graduated i think i can practise as a psychologist, but if i want to specialise (clinical, educational, child, etc...) i can do a postgrad course. Then get a job! Woohoo :eek2:
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'm starting Psychology at Nottingham Uni in September.
    It really is the A level grades that count, then once you've got into a decent uni you can get a psychology degree and maybe do a post-grad course in a specific field.

    It's not necessary to do any particular subjects at A level. Some unis may require at least a B at maths GCSE though.
    Obviously it helps if you have done a science at A level, but this isn't usually compulsory. I did English Lit, Economics and Geography and the general offers I had for unis were ABB - AAB.

    Don't worry about doing psychology for A level, alot of schools don't even offer it, mine didn't. The university said they preferred people to have not done it, so they don't have any preset ideas about the subject that were drilled into them at school.

    Good luck with it anyway, do you know which area of psychology you're interested in?
    :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    i think it was a clinical psycologist i keep getting the different types mixed up lol
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    as most people have said, good a level grades

    then the following are almost essential

    1st or 1/2 class degree
    MA/MSc in some sort of psychology - could do a year in Psychological research methods or something like that
    the a DClin - this is a doctorate in clinical psychology.

    the demand for places is big. Also when you have your masters you will need to probably work as a trainee clinical psychologist. then with your Dclin you can become a Dr and then work as a consultant psychologist

    try looking at uni websites

    eg http://www.ex.ac.uk/psychology/
    i give this as its near by and I know load of the Dclin students and lecturers
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Call me stupid, but why don't you ask your careers advisor?

    Or if you don't have one, contact Connexions and ask them.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If u go to a uni that is modular you need to get a GBR (graduate basis for registration as a psychologist) This involves taking specific modules that comply with the british psychological society. Try looking on the bps website, it gives u all the info u need.
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