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    Hello,

    I have recently decided to apply for a degree in Psychology through UCAS Extra, as I am not satisfied with the answers I received for my initial choice (got 3 rejections ). I contacted the university I am planning to apply to and they said the are willing to accept a new PS. However, even though the field of Psychology has always appealed to me and I have read a number of books related to the subject (but no textbooks), I don't know much about the theoretical part of Psychology (like theories and such). If I don't present in-depth knowledge of this aspect in my PS, would this put me at a disadvantage compared to other other applicants who emphasize on theory in their PSs? Thanks in advance
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    No you will be fine.

    The thing is, many psych degree students only started at A Level and built their skills from there. Now, the first year of a psych degree is basically doing most things done at A level, building skills etc...

    So you will be fine, don't worry !
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    You don't need to show in-depth knowledge of that sort of thing, but it's important to talk about psychology areas/theories/concepts to show your interest. The books don't have to be text books, but avoid (if you can) from mentioning 'pop' psychology stuff, like Derren Brown, or 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat'
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    Thank for the info much appreciated
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    (Original post by xKTx)
    You don't need to show in-depth knowledge of that sort of thing, but it's important to talk about psychology areas/theories/concepts to show your interest. The books don't have to be text books, but avoid (if you can) from mentioning 'pop' psychology stuff, like Derren Brown, or 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat'
    'Pop' psychology and science are not as badly regarded as you think. Derren Brown is a bit off as it doesn't really apply. But 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat' and Sachs' other books are actually really good to read as they're full of case studies!

    It is also worth mentioning that it looks good if you read books on the uni reading list. But only read them id you don't want to. Not just because you want to look good. Aso try and avoid books about Psychodynamic Psychology eg. Freud.
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    (Original post by lozzyhickers)
    'Pop' psychology and science are not as badly regarded as you think. Derren Brown is a bit off as it doesn't really apply. But 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat' and Sachs' other books are actually really good to read as they're full of case studies!

    It is also worth mentioning that it looks good if you read books on the uni reading list. But only read them id you don't want to. Not just because you want to look good. Aso try and avoid books about Psychodynamic Psychology eg. Freud.
    TMWMHWFAH is ok if you've got nothing else to mention, but as a ps helper I know it gets incredibly boring to read PSs mentioning the same books over and over... It's better than nothing, but something more unique is far better!
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    (Original post by xKTx)
    TMWMHWFAH is ok if you've got nothing else to mention, but as a ps helper I know it gets incredibly boring to read PSs mentioning the same books over and over... It's better than nothing, but something more unique is far better!
    Of course, it's naive to think that that's what Psych at uni is all about. I combined it with some other text books, such as 'Biopsychology', and 'Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook', and the PS readers seemed very impressed.
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    OP, I would take receiving rejections as an opportunity to study a better subject at degree level. Seriously. Do bio or maths or somethng.
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    (Original post by GodspeedGehenna)
    OP, I would take receiving rejections as an opportunity to study a better subject at degree level. Seriously. Do bio or maths or somethng.
    Yeh apart from they are completely different degrees...
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    I got five offers and I didn't really do much reading of Psychology-related books but I watched documentaries and wrote about one of them on my PS, so reading around isn't necessary as long as you can show your interest outside academics.
 
 
 
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