What is it Like to Study Psychology at University?

What it’s like to study the course that they’re now doing. What are the usual pitfalls and clichés that you’re going to come across? Well, we’ve compiled a list of FAQ’s that students often have, check them out!

 

What do I need to study psychology?

Well, first of a passion for the subject is absolutely key, you certainly do not want to be studying a subject that you don’t love – especially one like psychology, where the intensity of the course starts from the very beginning. There is not much else needed, as the requirements of what you need vary depending on the university that you happen to be attending.

What grades do I need to study psychology?

With regards to the required A-Levels you need for the course, it can vary depending on the university that you happen to be studying at, however the main consensus among most universities is that you will need essentially all A’s or A*’s at A-Level in Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry if you want to be in with a chance of a place. Although not all of these A-Levels are required by all of the universities we recommend having a look into this before you start.

How much reading is involved?

According to students studying psychology, there is quite a lot of reading that you need to do. As psychology is one of the more difficult degrees and many of your assignments will require you to cite your sources and will require you to back up a lot of the arguments that you have. Also, a lot of your learning will be done in lectures but with a particular focus on various academic’s views and opinions on psychology.

How difficult is it to study psychology?

Psychology ranks as a very prestigious degree. The degree is difficult no matter what aspect of psychology you happen to be studying. An awful lot of coursework, exams and lectures are in store for you here. But the rewards from a degree in psychology are far more rewarding. Just be prepared for a lot of work.

How much coursework is there involved when studying psychology?

The amount of coursework is a little difficult to work out because the amount can vary depending on what area of psychology you are studying. Outside of that, the general view of the coursework that psychology offers is that it is tremendously difficult. The coursework deadlines are apparently not very flexible either; we recommend that once you’re set an assignment that you crack on with that as soon as you possibly can! The coursework also has a minimum grade rating for you to achieve what you need in the degree. Some universities will not accept some coursework with a grade below C or some even below a B or A! We recommend that you knuckle down with the coursework if you plan on doing this at university, there may even be an admissions test before you start, too. 

How much does it cost to study psychology?

It’s almost impossible to get the exact costing of an undergraduate Psychology degree as costings tend to vary depending on the university that you happen to be studying at, however, an estimated £8,500 – £12,000 tuition fee undergraduate degree is a fair estimate. Prices can be either side of those prices depending on the university and the tier of the degree that you do.

What’s my job likelihood after studying psychology?

The likelihood of a job at the end of a degree is difficult for everyone, however with psychology degrees the jobs can be difficult to find. It all depends on what you’re goals are and what you want to do. If you want to become a clinical psychologist for instance, then we recommend looking into this more with your tutor and by trying to gain some work experience where and when you can. However, psychology does have an added benefit of having more jobs that can operate slightly outside the remit of psychology, which you can see below!

What jobs can I get after studying psychology?

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Further education teacher
  • Health psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Primary care graduate mental health worker
  • Psychological wellbeing practitioner
  • Sport and exercise psychologist
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Advertising account planner
  • Advice worker
  • Careers adviser
  • Counsellor
  • Forensic accountant