Does a Psychology Degree involve lots of essay writing?

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So, two people on TSR have told me contrasting things about a Psychology Degree...

One of them says this...
'It isn't heavily essay based but there are a lot of statistical analysis so maths will really come in handy. (most of the people don't like the statistical aspect of this course and this is where they lose their grades) so if you are good with maths, this course would really fit for you.'

And another says this...
'Psychology will be hugely essay based, even exams will be essays, it will also be minimal contact time and lots of independent reading.'

I personally enjoy maths, but I'm not very keen on essay writing. Psychology will be hugely essay based, even exams will be essays, it will also be minimal contact time and lots of independent reading.

Can someone clear this up for me...
Does a Psychology Degree involve lots of essay writing?
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I have no idea about psychology specifically by normally.
BA : More essays
BSc: More maths

I did a quick google search and it seems like I was right
"Difference between BA and BSc psychology"
https://www.verywellmind.com/ba-bs-p...erence-2795139
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I do a forensic psychology degree which is basically the same as a straight psychology degree, except one or two modules are different.

It'll depend on your university and how they assess you.

The exams are essays, yes. For me, we have a 2 hour exam and we have to answer 2 essay questions. However we also have smaller multiple choice tests in the year to assess our statistics knowledge.

Coursework is a mix of essays and reports where you do a study and write it up. Depending on the module it can be qualitative or quantitative. Sometimes you may do one of each.

Overall I think there is more essay writing than there is doing maths.
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I would think they are both true.

For example a redbrick uni in these parts third years get 3 hours of contact time per week and independent reading. I doubt very much they advertise this to the students lol.

SPSS is used extensively in some psychology degrees.
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I am doing a psychology degree atm, and yes there are lots of essays, exams are essay based, and we have to write reports too.
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There are lots of essays and normally, a big dissertation or research project in Year 3. Most Psychology degrees are BSc and even for them, stats is not a huge part of the course compared to written work, so being good at writing essays is more important than being good at maths.

If there was a lot of high level maths in Psychology degrees, Unis would insist on maths A level (which they don't).
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It does involve essay writing but not as much as other social science subjects as the BPS like to emphasize the subject as a science. There's generally less essay writing and more science/labs/stats at higher ranked unis and more essays at lower ranked unis as those especially Russell group ones like to flex their research.
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