Does anyone have a non-BPS accredited Psychology degree?

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Little Old Me
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Hi,

Just wondering if many of you have a Psychology degree which isn't accredited by the British Psychological Society? If so, what are you doing as a job/what are your plans for the future? I studied a Joint Honours BSc in Health Studies and Psychology and it feels like the only way you can really get a career in Psychology is by studying a Postgraduate course in Psychology which is a conversion course. I may be wrong though. I am more than happy to work in a support role, which I have done, and do now, except in a General Hospital at the moment, but just feel like I wouldn't turn a support role into a career if that makes sense (Not that there's anything wrong with that) x
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It does very much depend what you want to do with it afterwards.

To become a psychologist you do need to have a BPS-accredited degree, and there are ways of doing that like you said, with a conversion course. But there are other options to consider with careers that you wouldn't need an accredited course for. What kind of support roles are you thinking of? It might be worth having a look into IAPT workers - I don't actually know whether they require an accredited course or not, but it's worth looking at otherwise. There's things like healthcare assistants and that side of things if it interests you. Would you consider doing a conversion course/postgrad?

Then of course there are things like research, which it doesn't matter so much. I have a BPS accredited undergraduate degree but my MSc is non-BPS accredited because I changed a module. My career plans are ideally to go on to do a PhD and go into research, so accreditation doesn't matter so much (although I am planning to do the required module for accreditation when I am able to cope with the assessment for it, as a stand-alone module).
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(Original post by Liv1204)
It does very much depend what you want to do with it afterwards.

To become a psychologist you do need to have a BPS-accredited degree, and there are ways of doing that like you said, with a conversion course. But there are other options to consider with careers that you wouldn't need an accredited course for. What kind of support roles are you thinking of? It might be worth having a look into IAPT workers - I don't actually know whether they require an accredited course or not, but it's worth looking at otherwise. There's things like healthcare assistants and that side of things if it interests you. Would you consider doing a conversion course/postgrad?

Then of course there are things like research, which it doesn't matter so much. I have a BPS accredited undergraduate degree but my MSc is non-BPS accredited because I changed a module. My career plans are ideally to go on to do a PhD and go into research, so accreditation doesn't matter so much (although I am planning to do the required module for accreditation when I am able to cope with the assessment for it, as a stand-alone module).
Hi, thanks for the reply, Yeah, I meant support roles like Healthcare Assistant which I have done in Mental Health before. I'm starting a new job soon and a Postgraduate course which I'm looking forward to. I'd like to become a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, and will apply for training for once I have more experience. I also need to get my driving licence sorted as the role of a PWP involves a lot of travel. I'd quite like to do some research into chronic and the Psychological impact of this on people.
That sounds good. Have you enjoyed what you've done so far and are you looking forward to your future plans? Yeah I'd consider doing a Masters in Psychology as a conversion at some pint in the future once I've finished my Postgrad Mental Health Practice course which I'll be doing. I'm moving to London soon so will need to be careful with money so the Masters may be a while into the future seeing as fees are about Β£8,000 x
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