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    I'm looking at doing some psychology post graduate study (pgcert/PgDip/masters depending on money really).

    I wish to study for pleasure but also because i would be interested in teaching psychology alongside sociology (which I'm currently studying).

    For the purposes of teaching, does it really matters whether or not i choose a course with bps accreditation?
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    I don't know the answer to this, this is just from my knowledge and 1 mintue of research I have just done.

    Are you thinking of teaching GCSE/A-level or lecturing at university?

    If the former then as I understand it, you need to be a qualified teacher. One advert I have just looked at requires a degree in Psychology or Sociolgy (it was a joint post). It doesn't specify accreditation, but that doesn't mean it is excluded either. I think it will all depend on the quality of the school / their need for a teacher / their awareness of what the BPS even is.

    Lecturing is a weird route. For Royal Holloway - whose advert I just read. They harp on about research for 50% of the advert (surely the ability to teach students effectively is more important, alas!) But they require a PhD.
    Now, PhD's are equally weird. If you go to a university and do well there, they will be inclined to give you a Master's and a PhD (many postgrad students did their undergrad at the same uni) and once you have that PhD, you can lecture there. So, if you did a non-accredited degree, but got a PhD at the same uni, you'd be fine... I guess? But you might become stuck if you try to go elsehwere to do the PhD or lecture - I don't know.

    There can't be that many places that have non-accredited degrees these days? I'm not sure why you'd think of going for one of them. BPS accreditation isn't just a rubber stamp for elitism sake, it's about confirming that you have studied the range and depth of subjects to make you an informed psychological person.
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    I definitely want to teach sociology A level but am wondering whether to do a pgcert/pgdip in psychology purely for pleasure and to open doors to teach that A level also. I'm considering getting it done before doing a further education pgce.

    Doing a pgcert/pgdip is my preferred choice because a full masters with bps is beyond budget and there's not a lot i can do about that. I want a pgcert/pgdip but they don't come with bps.
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    Right, Ok. I think I'm with you.

    You have (or are completing) a degree in Sociology and will be going on to do a PGCE and to teach Sociology. But you'd also like to throw psycholgoy into the mix?

    I think it will largely depend on the school, as the advert I read suggested you only needed a degree in one of the subjects in order to be eligible. Other schools may be more stringent - I really do not know and I'm not sure how you would find out until you started applying. My gut feeling would to aim for BPS accreditation then a) you know you're covered and b) the quality of your knowledge is (probably) better.

    Just googled this: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy...se)-pgdip.aspx
    That's a conversion course with BPS accreditation, 9 months. I think you will struggle (and indeed, it may be impossible) to find a postgraduate degree in Psychology which does not require an accredited undergraduate psychology degree; other than the above conversion courses which are designed for non psych graduates to get BPS accreditation.
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    Thanks. I was offered a place on the distance learning MSc psychology at Leeds Beckett (Distance learning) that comes with bps. I was really disappointed that i had ti turn down the offer though because they said i wouldn't be able to exit the course with a pgcert/pgdip if i didn't want to pay for the full MSc. It was really disappointing because I'd have enjoyed doing it but financially it was just ttoo rigid
 
 
 
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