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    I have to choose what A-levels i want to do in sixth form. I want to do 3 subjects, so i am leaning towards: biology and history, but deciding between psychology and government and politics. I am thinking to become a psychologist as a career, would it be a good idea to take psychology for A-levels, or just do government and politics now and just do psychology as a degree. I didn't have the option to do psychology at GCSE, however i am currently doing citizenship.

    People have told me it would be a waste of a subject to do psychology for A-levels as i can just do it as a degree, is that true?

    I am thinking to do history, and leave government and politics, for university, to study to become a criminal psychologist, perhaps? I don't know if that's a good idea though.
    EDIT: Also i am quite worried about career options, with a degree in psychology, do i have to do a full 6-7 years in university to officially be called a psychologist, if so, what are other options with a psychology degree, and will i have to change my options for it.
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    (Original post by Abys_19)
    I have to choose what A-levels i want to do in sixth form. I want to do 3 subjects, so i am leaning towards: biology and history, but deciding between psychology and government and politics. I am thinking to become a psychologist as a career, would it be a good idea to take psychology for A-levels, or just do government and politics now and just do psychology as a degree. I didn't have the option to do psychology at GCSE, however i am currently doing citizenship.

    I am thinking to do history, and leave government and politics, for university, to study to become a criminal psychologist, perhaps? I don't know if that's a good idea though.
    What did you get at GCSE?
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    (Original post by Want_To_Achieve)
    What did you get at GCSE?
    I think they;re still doing their GCSEs
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    (Original post by Abys_19)
    I have to choose what A-levels i want to do in sixth form. I want to do 3 subjects, so i am leaning towards: biology and history, but deciding between psychology and government and politics. I am thinking to become a psychologist as a career, would it be a good idea to take psychology for A-levels, or just do government and politics now and just do psychology as a degree. I didn't have the option to do psychology at GCSE, however i am currently doing citizenship.

    People have told me it would be a waste of a subject to do psychology for A-levels as i can just do it as a degree, is that true?

    I am thinking to do history, and leave government and politics, for university, to study to become a criminal psychologist, perhaps? I don't know if that's a good idea though.
    I think it will really help you know if you actually enjoy Psychology and confirm for you if you want to do a degree in it.

    One thing I was never told when I chose my psych degree was how much work you have to do afterwards to actually become a psychologist... it’s a good (at least) 7 years of work after A levels... you want to ensure you actually enjoy that subject!
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    (Original post by Want_To_Achieve)
    What did you get at GCSE?
    Currently, still doing them
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    (Original post by Abys_19)
    I have to choose what A-levels i want to do in sixth form. I want to do 3 subjects, so i am leaning towards: biology and history, but deciding between psychology and government and politics. I am thinking to become a psychologist as a career, would it be a good idea to take psychology for A-levels, or just do government and politics now and just do psychology as a degree. I didn't have the option to do psychology at GCSE, however i am currently doing citizenship.

    People have told me it would be a waste of a subject to do psychology for A-levels as i can just do it as a degree, is that true?

    I am thinking to do history, and leave government and politics, for university, to study to become a criminal psychologist, perhaps? I don't know if that's a good idea though.
    I think psychology would be looked upon my unis as a more academically challenging subject than government and politics. Also studying psychology will give you something to talk about in your personal statement when applying to unis if you want to do psychology!! You can specialise in what part of psychology at degree level rather than narrowing your choices down too quickly.

    As a student currently doing A level psychology, who also did not study the subject at GCSE, I would 100% recommend it. Although the first few months took me a while to get used to the course and 'how' to learn, it has now clicked and it is one of my favourite subjects. If you are considering studying biology at a level too, I believe the knowledge you gain from biology can be transferred to psychology which would be useful.

    Having said all this government and politics would still be a fine choice for a level.
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    (Original post by shahanne)
    I think they;re still doing their GCSEs
    Oh ok.

    I would do Biology because it allows you to go to most universities for Psychology degrees and would do History as it is a facilitating subject so gives you more options at university. I would also do Psychology as it would make A Levels less of a hassle since you are interested in Psychology and you would probably get a high grade due to your interest in the subject.
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    I think it will really help you know if you actually enjoy Psychology and confirm for you if you want to do a degree in it.

    One thing I was never told when I chose my psych degree was how much work you have to do afterwards to actually become a psychologist... it’s a good (at least) 7 years of work after A levels... you want to ensure you actually enjoy that subject!
    If you don't mind me asking, did you take another route, instead of being a psychologist, if it was related to psychology, what was it?
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    (Original post by Federer19)
    I think psychology would be looked upon my unis as a more academically challenging subject than government and politics. Also studying psychology will give you something to talk about in your personal statement when applying to unis if you want to do psychology!! You can specialise in what part of psychology at degree level rather than narrowing your choices down too quickly.

    As a student currently doing A level psychology, who also did not study the subject at GCSE, I would 100% recommend it. Although the first few months took me a while to get used to the course and 'how' to learn, it has now clicked and it is one of my favourite subjects. If you are considering studying biology at a level too, I believe the knowledge you gain from biology can be transferred to psychology which would be useful.

    Having said all this government and politics would still be a fine choice for a level.
    Neither are facilitating subjects, uni's don't value either as more academically challenging. I agree OP should preferably take psychology on the basis of it being her potential career. However, an A in Politics would obviously be better than a B in psychology. OP do what you're best at.
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    (Original post by Abys_19)
    If you don't mind me asking, did you take another route, instead of being a psychologist, if it was related to psychology, what was it?
    After 19 years in education, I chose to take a break and I’m now in I’m now in adult social care (unqualified social worker) but I’ve tried several ways to use my degree (police etc). I’m now 26 with a good 5 years experience behind me. I’m now trying to make a decision with what I want to do to further my education.

    I found by doing the psychology A Level (I did history and forensics too) it really strengthened my love of psychology and made me realise it was what I wanted to do for my degree!
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    (Original post by Federer19)
    I think psychology would be looked upon my unis as a more academically challenging subject than government and politics. Also studying psychology will give you something to talk about in your personal statement when applying to unis if you want to do psychology!! You can specialise in what part of psychology at degree level rather than narrowing your choices down too quickly.

    As a student currently doing A level psychology, who also did not study the subject at GCSE, I would 100% recommend it. Although the first few months took me a while to get used to the course and 'how' to learn, it has now clicked and it is one of my favourite subjects. If you are considering studying biology at a level too, I believe the knowledge you gain from biology can be transferred to psychology which would be useful.

    Having said all this government and politics would still be a fine choice for a level.
    Thank you, i will take what you have said into account.
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    (Original post by Benne11)
    After 19 years in education, I chose to take a break and I’m now in I’m now in adult social care (unqualified social worker) but I’ve tried several ways to use my degree (police etc). I’m now 26 with a good 5 years experience behind me. I’m now trying to make a decision with what I want to do to further my education.

    I found by doing the psychology A Level (I did history and forensics too) it really strengthened my love of psychology and made me realise it was what I wanted to do for my degree!
    I also want to do it for a degree, but i'm just worried about career options as 7 years in university is quite a long time.
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    (Original post by Abys_19)
    I also want to do it for a degree, but i'm just worried about career options as 7 years in university is quite a long time.
    I really recommend looking at this because it’s very difficult to get assistant psych jobs without a masters and then to progress further then that you tend to need a PHD. Psychology is a very broad degree and will support you in any job but I do recommend thinking about the end goal. I was the same as you... psychologist was my end goal but it takes a lot to get there! But if you feel you can do it and you want to go for it then do it 😀. The one bit of advice I wish I received when I was thinking about uni was... choose a course that means you have a professional qualification at the end (social work, Occupational therapy to name a few)
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    (Original post by Want_To_Achieve)
    Oh ok.

    I would do Biology because it allows you to go to most universities for Psychology degrees and would do History as it is a facilitating subject so gives you more options at university. I would also do Psychology as it would make A Levels less of a hassle since you are interested in Psychology and you would probably get a high grade due to your interest in the subject.
    Yes, that was the main reason why i chose history, as i could change my career path with it if i needed to, also because of my passion for history. You, basically summed up why i chose all my subjects,and got rid of my uncertainty in them, thank you!
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    I really recommend looking at this because it’s very difficult to get assistant psych jobs without a masters and then to progress further then that you tend to need a PHD. Psychology is a very broad degree and will support you in any job but I do recommend thinking about the end goal. I was the same as you... psychologist was my end goal but it takes a lot to get there! But if you feel you can do it and you want to go for it then do it 😀. The one bit of advice I wish I received when I was thinking about uni was... choose a course that means you have a professional qualification at the end (social work, Occupational therapy to name a few)
    Thank you, i will look into psychology into even more detail and then make a decision if i want to take it further after A-levels.
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    (Original post by Abys_19)
    Yes, that was the main reason why i chose history, as i could change my career path with it if i needed to, also because of my passion for history. You, basically summed up why i chose all my subjects,and got rid of my uncertainty in them, thank you!
    No problem
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