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is it a good idea to do a psychology degree if:

-I have never studied it before at A-level
- I have no real understanding of it beyond it is the scientific study of human behaviour
-My only basis for studying it is because it sounds interesting and will open a wide range of career options to me?

(P.S I know studying psychology does not automatically make me a psychologist etc!!)
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Why?
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Why?
where do I start? it's pretty useless as a degree, unless you want to teach it at GCSE or A level. It's only good as a stepping stone to being a clinical psychologist and for that you need a good Bsc Psychology, then you will have to do you Masters.
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where do I start? it's pretty useless as a degree, unless you want to teach it at GCSE or A level. It's only good as a stepping stone to being a clinical psychologist and for that you need a good Bsc Psychology, then you will have to do you Masters.
surely its better than nothing? I am still deciding though so if you had any other less useless degree suggestions please let me know!
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well, you asked if it was a good idea, you don't need to take the advice!
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surely its better than nothing? I am still deciding though so if you had any other less useless degree suggestions please let me know!
you need to really research what you want to do. it's 3 years of your life and at least 30k in debt.
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where do I start? it's pretty useless as a degree, unless you want to teach it at GCSE or A level. It's only good as a stepping stone to being a clinical psychologist and for that you need a good Bsc Psychology, then you will have to do you Masters.
a lot of this is uhh wrong
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ignore the people who say psychology is a “useless degree” - no degree is inherently useless, it depends on what the person does with their degree that counts.

i study psychology if you want to ask me any questions.
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a lot of this is uhh wrong
is it, please do enlighten us then
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I suggest to the OP, to get some advice from current psych students. No good asking Unis, they just want your money.
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is it, please do enlighten us then
what you said is wrong. psychology is a degree that can open a wide variety of doors as it teaches a lot of transferrable skills. so your “its useless unless you want to teach it at gcse or a level” comment is incorrect.

also, “its only good as a stepping stone to being a clinical psychologist” is very wrong as there are a lot more specialised professions within psychology. maybe do some research.
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is it a good idea to do a psychology degree if:

-I have never studied it before at A-level
- I have no real understanding of it beyond it is the scientific study of human behaviour
-My only basis for studying it is because it sounds interesting and will open a wide range of career options to me?

(P.S I know studying psychology does not automatically make me a psychologist etc!!)
You can do it at GCSE , then if you like it and do well, go for the A level.
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what you said is wrong. psychology is a degree that can open a wide variety of doors as it teaches a lot of transferrable skills. so your “its useless unless you want to teach it at gcse or a level” comment is incorrect.

also, “its only good as a stepping stone to being a clinical psychologist” is very wrong as there are a lot more specialised professions within psychology. maybe do some research.
well, given you have no clue about my knowledge of the subject or anything else for that matter, I will take your advice with a similar pinch of salt!
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well, given you have no clue about my knowledge of the subject or anything else for that matter, I will take your advice with a similar pinch of salt!
your comment gave me an insight into your (limited) knowledge, actually.
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It's only good as a stepping stone to being a clinical psychologist
Nope. There are multiple careers you can go into with a Psychology degree: clinical psychology, educational psychology (my plan), forensic psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology...

(Original post by studenthelper20)
and for that you need a good Bsc Psychology, then you will have to do you Masters.
For the above careers, you would need a Doctorate. A Masters is optional. If you don't want to do that postgraduate study, then you can still go into psychotherapy, PWP, etc.

marble543 Think about the careers you want to go into. Degrees are a significant investment, so you shouldn't just do it for the sake of it!
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Nope. There are multiple careers you can go into with a Psychology degree: clinical psychology, educational psychology (my plan), forensic psychology, occupational psychology, counselling psychology, health psychology...


For the above careers, you would need a Doctorate. A Masters is optional. If you don't want to do that postgraduate study, then you can still go into psychotherapy, PWP, etc.

marble543 Think about the careers you want to go into. Degrees are a significant investment, so you shouldn't just do it for the sake of it!
Wrong!
you do not need a Phd, that's only for a Research Psychologist

http://www.teachingeducpsych.org/psychology-phd.html#:~:text=For%20many%20people%2C%20one%20of,to%20become%20a%20research%20psychologist.&text=If%20you're%20looking%20to,field%20is%20a%20distinct%20possibility.

You only need a postgrad (Msc) for Clinical Psychology, but will likely need a 1st or 2nd Class BSc

https://nationalcareers.service.gov....l-psychologist


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Wrong!
you do not need a Phd, that's only for a Research Psychologist

http://www.teachingeducpsych.org/psychology-phd.html#:~:text=For%20many%20people%2C%20one%20of,to%20become%20a%20research%20psychologist.&text=If%20you're%20looking%20to,field%20is%20a%20distinct%20possibility.

You only need a postgrad (Msc) for Clinical Psychology, but will likely need a 1st or 2nd Class BSc

https://nationalcareers.service.gov....l-psychologist


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it literally says in the link you posted that you need a 3 year clinical psychology phd to be a clinical psychologist.

you clearly know nothing.
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Do psychology if you plan on becoming a clinical psychologist (very hard and need good alevels) or going into academia . If you just want a corporate job , pick a degree with transferable skills ; stem or quantitative. You can still get a job if you do psychology , but it will prob be in business and you have to develop skills while in uni to do that e.g : coding , networking, extracurricular and experience . I personally chose Cs , if I still feel like I want to pursue psy I can change next year .
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One of the most employable degrees is nursing.
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