How competitive is Psychology? and is it worth doing a psyc degree at Westminster if you want to go into Clinical Psychology with the NHS after you graduate?
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- 18-08-2012 22:20
- 18-08-2012 22:24
Well it wont be straight after you graduate, but yes Its fine, just make sure you get a 2:1 and loads of experience (for example, I work for a helpline, in a mental health care home and for the Alzheimer's Society). Get some under your belt- probably not this much, whilst your at Uni and then get as much as possible when you graduate.
Also make sure your degree is BPS approved otherwise you will have to do a Uni conversion course
- 19-08-2012 10:57
Psychology is a very popular course, and undergrad course entry ranges from the highly competitive like ( UCL and Oxford) to the easier to get onto course at lower ranked universities.
However, the real competition in psychology is for postgraduate training in any field that allows you to get chartered or eligible for Health Professions Council registration (clinical is one of these). You can read more about clinical applications at : http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/BasicNumbers.html and at www.clinpsy.org.uk
I don't really have much experience with Westminster, but when I was training, I did observe most of us did come from the older pre 92 universities and a few more mature trainees came from Open University. Thats not to say its impossible, but it may be worth asking directly how many graduates from Westminster make it onto clinical training, and what the most frequent graduate destinations are. Actually I recommend that for all universities.
- 19-08-2012 11:23
Psychology degrees themselves aren't actually that competitive when compared to other degree areas (such as nursing); I didn't have any interviews or anything like that, I was just accepted straight away. The really competitive bit is after your degree when you want to specialise in one specific area; I see you want to be a Clinical Psychologist which is one of the most competitive courses for Psychology out there!
I would advise working very hard on your degree; often it is only the cream of the crop taken for such a competitive field, and getting TONNES of work experience, aim for clinical areas but any form of psychological experience will be great; I'm sure you'll be fine and good luck!
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- 19-08-2012 13:54
Psychology is one of the most popular courses, so there will be many applicants per place, at least at the 'top' unis. However, as has been said, getting the experience afterwards (and getting onto the doctorate) is far more competitive.