Social work undergrad vs post grad Watch

Lily0iam
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Hi,

Is it better to do a psych undergrad with a social work MA
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a social work undergrad with a psych conversion MA?
because the social work MA is more likely to be funded and a psych conversion MA definitrly won't be.

I've always wanted to study psychology but I'm also interested in social work and it has better job prospects. I'd still like to study psych out of interest and because there is still the chance that I could end up doing clinical psych even though it's competitive.

What is the best route to take in term of finances and general progression?

Also I'm 26 and aware that I'd be alot older than everyone else in a psych undergrad class but more likely to have people my own age in a social work undergrad class.
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Malzzz16
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I think i would do psych as undergrad to see if that is really want you want to carry on doing later on, if not it'll be easier for you to take on the Ma SW and change careers. Compared to having done undergrad sw and you become qualified you may not like it but it'll be harder to convert and longer to convert psychology and becoming a clinical psychologist is a long process so maybe studying psychology for three years will help you decide if you do wanna persue that line of work or not
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Thank you Malzzz16!
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Hi Lily

If you want to keep the option of becoming a clinical psychologist open, you need to make sure whichever course you choose leaves you eligible to complete a doctorate in clinical psychology, as this is the only way you can register as a professional with the Health and Care Professions Council. In general the degree requirement seems to be a minimum of a 2:1 at degree level but the course must be approved by the British Psychological Society.

To look at specific entry requirements for Clinical Psychology doctorates at different universities you can look at the Clearing House for Postgraduate Training Courses in Clinical Psychology website:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/chpccp/courses.html

You can also browse all of the undergraduate courses accredited by the British Psychological Society by going to their website:
https://www.bps.org.uk/public/become...edited-courses

If you are interested in Social Work as well one of your options could be a work based training scheme which results in entry to a career as a social worker. These are often postgraduate training schemes which are sometimes specialised in certain fields such as young people or families and many of them result in a qualification. As you were concerned about funding it could be useful to look into these. There can be a lot of detail to these schemes so it may be useful to talk it through in more depth with a National Careers Service adviser, which you can do for free by calling 0800 100 900 or emailing, texting and chatting online through this website:

I hope you find this useful, good luck with your plans!
Rosy
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