what would be a good A level for me i want to work in mental health

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I want to work in mental health like a psychiatrist something along them lines am in year 11 soon to be leaving 8 months sound long but is not so I need help ino am going to do psychology A level not sure what else thanks guys x
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I want to work in mental health like a psychiatrist something along them lines am in year 11 soon to be leaving 8 months sound long but is not so I need help ino am going to do psychology A level not sure what else thanks guys x
Maybe you'd find something like sociology or chemistry interesting?
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I want to work in mental health like a psychiatrist something along them lines am in year 11 soon to be leaving 8 months sound long but is not so I need help ino am going to do psychology A level not sure what else thanks guys x
Psychiatrists deal with mental illness rather than mental health.

If you wish to pursue Psychiatry as a career, then you first need to make sure you have high grades in your main GCSEs (English, Maths and triple Science). Once you've done your GCSEs, you'll go onto A-level. In order to be a psychiatrist, you'll need to study Medicine at uni which means you need to do Biology and either/or Chemistry and Physics (the former seems like the obvious choice). Then you can pick psychology as an A-level. Once A-levels are over, you'd go to Med School for 5 years, then you'd train in psychiatry for another 3-5 years before actually becoming a licensed psychiatrist.

Alternatively, if you wish to pursue a career in mental health; you should take Biology and Psychology - although Biology isn't necessary for most universities. You can either do Psychology or Biology or even Mental Health Nursing as your undergraduate degree. Then, you could always do a MA and/or PhD in Abnormal Psychology or Clinical Psychology. People do say a Psychology degree is pretty useless if you want to get into a psychology career as many require you to have a MA or PhD in the field.


There's many different forms of mental health; forensics, children and adolescent, adult and pensioners (looking to things like dementia, and those types of neurological diseases).

You could even go into neurology if you wanted to do that as a degree, then go into clinical psychology (brain patterns, absences, experiments and research basically).

Good luck!
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