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What is psychology like in uni compared to a levels
What do you learn about
Do you find it interesting
What jobs can you get with a psychology degree
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Way more interesting that A-levels, but the syllabus is different at each uni so I can only speak for mine. In A-levels you tend to just learn and quote textbooks. At degree level there are a lot more practical assignments. Usually you are set a topic, the lecturers might give you a few pieces of reading to get you started, then you mostly choose your own reading around the topic, find something that hasn't been studied yet or needs to be studied in a different way, then design your own experiment (sometimes as part of a group project and sometimes on your own), carry it out and write it up. If you're writing an essay then marks are given for coming up with your own evaluative points rather than quoting from books. So it's harder because you have to think more for yourself, but at the same time it's much more interesting. It also means you've got the freedom to pick what is most interesting to you.

I would say I was suprised how much maths was involved. I'm in my 2nd year and we've had to do 3 modules in 'quantitative methods' so far (aka statistics). And we've had to apply what we've learned in several research projects too. I would recommend having a thorough grasp of A-level statistics and normal distribution beforehand. Even if you just teach yourself and don't take the A-level.

In terms of jobs, you can do a lot. You can work in companies, advising them on advertising, how to motivate and look after their employees, product design etc. You can be a clinical psychologist (probably most well known). They provide counseling and diagnoses for people with mental health problems. You can be a criminal or forensic psychologist, which could involve working with the police to solve crimes or with the court to advise them on convictions. Health psychologists come up with ways to promote healthy lifestyles. You can be a researcher in any of 1000s of areas, which might involve developing sensory equipment (e.g. toys) or communication apps for people with disabilities, or arguing that certain mental health diagnoses need altering. (Did you know that homosexuality was only removed from the list of mental illnesses in the 80s? And that there are currently issues with the symptoms of things like schizophrenia, bipolar and personality disorders overlapping? So there's a lot of work to be done around this.) A psychology degree will also get you into other areas of work, like working in human resources, management jobs and all sorts. Basically... there's a lot. I chose it because it kept a lot of doors open for me. But one thing I will say, a basic 3 year degree tends to give you a broad over view of psychology, but afterwards you might have to do another year or more to specialise in your chosen area, depending on what you choose.

All in all, it's the best choice I ever made. I love it and would definitely recommend.
Hope this helps!

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