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    Hi I’m a first year sixth form student. I’m currently doing: Psychology, Sociology & History as A Levels. (And an EPQ but I’m not sure if I should still take it). My sixth form is already expecting us to think about what universities we want to go to and what degree. Initially I’ve always wanted to be a paediatric psychiatrist because I’ve always had a passion for psychology and I work in a nursery so I’ve also had this strong bond with children. However due to my a level choices and gcse results (1A*, 4As,2Bs&2Cs) I can’t become a psychiatrist. (That’s what colleges were telling me during enrolment). This is because to become a psychiatrist you have to go to medical school; and to enter medical school you have to do one science @ a level. However I’m not applicable to do that because of my maths grade (I got a 5). My other options were to become a forensic psychologist or a mental health solicitor. My mum encourages me to become a solicitor purely because she’s a solicitor and my sister is in uni studying law. However her sister is a forensic psychiatrist and she encourages that I do a degree in nursing then become a mental health nurse instead. However I thought if I did a degree in Psychology with Law then perhaps it could lead me into becoming a mental health solicitor?

    To summarise, does anyone have any advice or idea what degrees would be right for me to become either a mental health solicitor or forensic psychologist. Thank you so much
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    (Original post by kmira)
    Hi I’m a first year sixth form student. I’m currently doing: Psychology, Sociology & History as A Levels. (And an EPQ but I’m not sure if I should still take it). My sixth form is already expecting us to think about what universities we want to go to and what degree. Initially I’ve always wanted to be a paediatric psychiatrist because I’ve always had a passion for psychology and I work in a nursery so I’ve also had this strong bond with children. However due to my a level choices and gcse results (1A*, 4As,2Bs&2Cs) I can’t become a psychiatrist. (That’s what colleges were telling me during enrolment). This is because to become a psychiatrist you have to go to medical school; and to enter medical school you have to do one science @ a level. However I’m not applicable to do that because of my maths grade (I got a 5). My other options were to become a forensic psychologist or a mental health solicitor. My mum encourages me to become a solicitor purely because she’s a solicitor and my sister is in uni studying law. However her sister is a forensic psychiatrist and she encourages that I do a degree in nursing then become a mental health nurse instead. However I thought if I did a degree in Psychology with Law then perhaps it could lead me into becoming a mental health solicitor?

    To summarise, does anyone have any advice or idea what degrees would be right for me to become either a mental health solicitor or forensic psychologist. Thank you so much
    A solicitor would mean needing a law degree,to be a psychologist you d need a psychology degree and then a master's in forensic psychology, it d be very tricky to find but there could be a joint degree for both options out there
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    A solicitor would mean needing a law degree,to be a psychologist you d need a psychology degree and then a master's in forensic psychology, it d be very tricky to find but there could be a joint degree for both options out there
    Sorry for the late reply, I’m quite unsure how to use this app😳. As far as I know, Southampton & Northampton offer the joint honours in psychology and law. However I feel more lenient to do a psychology degree then get a doctorate in clinical psychology and perhaps specialise forensic psychology. I’ve researched the BPS department and have seen forensic psychology requires another 2 years training. I’m not sure what would be better: clinical psychology or forensic psychology as I’m unsure if I want to be a paediatric psychologist or forensic psychologist.
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    (Original post by kmira)
    Sorry for the late reply, I’m quite unsure how to use this app😳. As far as I know, Southampton & Northampton offer the joint honours in psychology and law. However I feel more lenient to do a psychology degree then get a doctorate in clinical psychology and perhaps specialise forensic psychology. I’ve researched the BPS department and have seen forensic psychology requires another 2 years training. I’m not sure what would be better: clinical psychology or forensic psychology as I’m unsure if I want to be a paediatric psychologist or forensic psychologist.
    I'm afraid i m not 100% sure as I think you have to do the specific doctorate/masters to whichever kind of psychology you want to do, you've got your degree to do first so try and get some experience in both then make up your mind.
 
 
 

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