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I’ve applied for psychology Degree and I’m interested to know more about statistics and research methodology.. could someone tell me what it’s like, what it’s about and if it’s hard.

P.s I have no direct psychology background
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From my experience both studying and teaching statistics and research methods, you will start off quite basic: learning terms and definitions, ethical principles, and basic descriptive statistics such as mean, standard deviation, presenting data in graphs etc. Later on, you'll move on to more advanced analysis - you don't need lots of maths (none really in fact, beyond the basics of averages etc) as most of the actual analysis is done on a computer - usually SPSS, which you'll learn how to enter and analyse data. You'll also learn about different types of experiments and how to write and test hypotheses.

Assignments generally include a stats exam (not working out or doing maths, but usually interpreting results or answering questions to show your knowledge); lab reports, where you carry out your own data collection and analysis (could be an experiment or surveys); some places do weekly assignments; and research participation (where you get to complete tasks for other students/researchers, including surveys, memory tasks, puzzles, perceptual tasks, eating studies, etc)

For your final question "is it hard", I'd say no. So long as you do the reading and exercises, and ask if you do get stuck on anything, then there's no reason why you wouldn't pass.
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Thank you so much that information is helpful
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