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Is it better to focus your studies on a particular pathway, or keep your options open to see if you discover you want to go in a different direction?

I'm interested in child-focused psychology, but do you think it's wise to pick modules that give me more choice for the future?
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Is it better to focus your studies on a particular pathway, or keep your options open to see if you discover you want to go in a different direction?

I'm interested in child-focused psychology, but do you think it's wise to pick modules that give me more choice for the future?
Pick the ones you're most interested in.
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Is it better to focus your studies on a particular pathway, or keep your options open to see if you discover you want to go in a different direction?

I'm interested in child-focused psychology, but do you think it's wise to pick modules that give me more choice for the future?
Hi,

This is a question raised by many psychology students given how broad our subject is!
Given your degree programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), it is required that you experience a broad range of areas within psychology (including developmental, cognitive, biological, Research methods and social psychology).

Once these areas have been covered as part of your university course, focusing on what most interests you will help you achieve the grades you are most capable of, as they will be the ones you are most interested in putting in the 110% effort into!

I hope this helps,

Tom
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Hi,

This is a question raised by many psychology students given how broad our subject is!
Given your degree programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society (BPS), it is required that you experience a broad range of areas within psychology (including developmental, cognitive, biological, Research methods and social psychology).

Once these areas have been covered as part of your university course, focusing on what most interests you will help you achieve the grades you are most capable of, as they will be the ones you are most interested in putting in the 110% effort into!

I hope this helps,

Tom
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Hi Tom,

I'm looking to study with the OU and it appears that in the first year, you have to either go down the "social sciences" route, or "childhood studies and child psychology". If I were to pick child psychology for the first year, would this hinder my abilities in the second year, if I were to pick a more social sciences based module?

Thank you
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Hi Tom,

I'm looking to study with the OU and it appears that in the first year, you have to either go down the "social sciences" route, or "childhood studies and child psychology". If I were to pick child psychology for the first year, would this hinder my abilities in the second year, if I were to pick a more social sciences based module?

Thank you
Hi,

I can understand your concerns with whether choosing a specific route so early on could hinder you when it comes to potentially later decisions. However do consider that the skills used across Psychology as a discipline are transferable. Meaning that those you learn through childhood studies and child psychology could be transferred to social science modules later on, they may though need adapting to be applicable.

Given your concern, I would advise speaking with the OU directly and potentially other students as they would be able to give you a further insight into your difficulty.

I hope this helps,

Tom
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Is it better to focus your studies on a particular pathway, or keep your options open to see if you discover you want to go in a different direction?

I'm interested in child-focused psychology, but do you think it's wise to pick modules that give me more choice for the future?
I don't know what I want to do so mine are general or based on interest. If you like child psychology and wish to go into it as a career option, then I don't think it'd hurt to study it.
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As someone who has known people going from psychology into a number of different areas probably the most helpful thing you can do during your degree is gain a solid research methods/ statistics background. This will stand you out from the crowd if you want to go into psychology further, as its an ability that cuts across all psychology specialisms from clinical to academia. It's also a really sellable skillset if you want to go into data analytics, project management, market research or any other quantitative field that is not inside psychology.

Despite its helpfulness its something that many psych graduates are not willing to work at, or actively try to avoid.
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