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Interested in this role but I'm not entirely sure about what is involved and whether I am eligible for it.

I am currently taking the following subject for A-Level:
- Psychology
- Sociology
- Biology
- EPQ (Serial Killer Related)

I hope my GCSE grades don't matter too much either.
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Your subjects are fine. I'm studying forensic psychology at uni and at A-Level I took psychology, biology and geography plus EPQ on the nature/nurture of addiction. GCSEs don't really matter, but a B/C in English Language and Maths is normally required.

Forensic psychologists are involved with the treatment, assessment and rehabilitation of offenders. Most work in prisons, some in universities or with the police. They examine behaviours etc. to carry out risk assessments for offenders and determine the best course of treatment for them.
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Your subjects are fine. I'm studying forensic psychology at uni and at A-Level I took psychology, biology and geography plus EPQ on the nature/nurture of addiction. GCSEs don't really matter, but a B/C in English Language and Maths is normally required.

Forensic psychologists are involved with the treatment, assessment and rehabilitation of offenders. Most work in prisons, some in universities or with the police. They examine behaviours etc. to carry out risk assessments for offenders and determine the best course of treatment for them.
Thanks! I got an 8 in English Lang and Lit but just a 6 in maths. Is there a forensic psychology course or do you have to do something before it?
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Thanks! I got an 8 in English Lang and Lit but just a 6 in maths. Is there a forensic psychology course or do you have to do something before it?
Yep there is a course, I'm on it.
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Yep there is a course, I'm on it.
It sounds exactly like what I'd love to do, struggling to find the flaws right now.
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It sounds exactly like what I'd love to do, struggling to find the flaws right now.
For me the downside is I would prefer something more along the lines of criminal psychology, however the course of a forensic degree was more interesting, so I'm hoping to squeeze in the middle of the two after I graduate and see if I can merge them a bit. I don't know how successful that will be, but we'll see.

Don't search for flaws if you love it! Search the degrees for you, not many universities offer this degree when I was looking (in 2016). I think I only found 3 or 4.
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You should note that to be a qualified forensic psychologist you need to get a doctorate in forensic psychology, it's not just the undergraduate course. Really you could just do a standard psychology degree (though it must be bps accredited) and specialise when doing you're postgraduate studies.
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You should note that to be a qualified forensic psychologist you need to get a doctorate in forensic psychology, it's not just the undergraduate course. Really you could just do a standard psychology degree (though it must be bps accredited) and specialise when doing you're postgraduate studies.
Exactly - this is important. An undergrad is just the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. I was advised both to do straight psychology and also to specialise, so (directed to OP), it depends on how passionate you are for forensics. If you're really passionate (like me) and your passion hasn't faltered then do forensics, but if you're also like "oh but social psychology is also really interesting" then don't specialise.
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For me the downside is I would prefer something more along the lines of criminal psychology, however the course of a forensic degree was more interesting, so I'm hoping to squeeze in the middle of the two after I graduate and see if I can merge them a bit. I don't know how successful that will be, but we'll see.

Don't search for flaws if you love it! Search the degrees for you, not many universities offer this degree when I was looking (in 2016). I think I only found 3 or 4.
Is criminal psychology a course too?

Maybe I need to find a list of courses
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You should note that to be a qualified forensic psychologist you need to get a doctorate in forensic psychology, it's not just the undergraduate course. Really you could just do a standard psychology degree (though it must be bps accredited) and specialise when doing you're postgraduate studies.
Thanks. I'll consider this.
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Exactly - this is important. An undergrad is just the first step to becoming a chartered psychologist. I was advised both to do straight psychology and also to specialise, so (directed to OP), it depends on how passionate you are for forensics. If you're really passionate (like me) and your passion hasn't faltered then do forensics, but if you're also like "oh but social psychology is also really interesting" then don't specialise.
I think I should explore other options before making a final decision.
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Is criminal psychology a course too?

Maybe I need to find a list of courses
I'm not sure but it is an area of psychology.
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I’m going to do a criminology and criminal psychology course! Then do a masters in forensic psychology (as my plan stands now). I was looking into forensic psychology Bsc but I need to do a foundation year and they don’t exist in FP somewhere I want to go. The criminology with crim psychology covers broader topics and potentially has more career options so that could be something for you to look into

(But forensic psychology at Portsmouth looks amazing, the facilities they have 😍)
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I’m going to do a criminology and criminal psychology course! Then do a masters in forensic psychology (as my plan stands now). I was looking into forensic psychology Bsc but I need to do a foundation year and they don’t exist in FP somewhere I want to go. The criminology with crim psychology covers broader topics and potentially has more career options so that could be something for you to look into

(But forensic psychology at Portsmouth looks amazing, the facilities they have 😍)
I was actually looking at Southampton/Portsmouth (not the courses yet) because I feel like the lifestyle there will be nice..
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I was actually looking at Southampton/Portsmouth (not the courses yet) because I feel like the lifestyle there will be nice..
Definitely check out portsmouth for forensic psychology then!
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