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Hi, I'm in year 12 and I want to apply to do psychology at uni. For a level, I take psychology, geography and English lit but I'm concerned that I will struggle with the science side of the degree having not taken a science at a level. Any thoughts on this?
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Heyya it's not a huge problem. I've had friends taking those subjects at A-levels and they did quite well in their psychology degree. You can have a look at the curriculum for psychology courses at different unis and see what fits best for you. Some are more flexible whereby you can choose your optional modules (usually in 2nd and 3rd year) so you can choose the less science-y module if you prefer. Most psych degrees are rather broad and maybe there will be only a few lectures focused on the science of it e.g. genetics of mental health disorders but they rarely go in great detail or there will rarely be a whole module dedicated to it – they just scratch the surface of these topics.
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Heyya it's not a huge problem. I've had friends taking those subjects at A-levels and they did quite well in their psychology degree. You can have a look at the curriculum for psychology courses at different unis and see what fits best for you. Some are more flexible whereby you can choose your optional modules (usually in 2nd and 3rd year) so you can choose the less science-y module if you prefer. Most psych degrees are rather broad and maybe there will be only a few lectures focused on the science of it e.g. genetics of mental health disorders but they rarely go in great detail or there will rarely be a whole module dedicated to it – they just scratch the surface of these topics.
Thank you! I was considering doing psych with education as I want to work with kids and I thought I might understand the science easier with this as I will enjoy it more. Im unsure whether its best to just do a straight degree in psych or do psych with education?
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Thank you! I was considering doing psych with education as I want to work with kids and I thought I might understand the science easier with this as I will enjoy it more. Im unsure whether its best to just do a straight degree in psych or do psych with education?
You can always do psych with education - UCL has quite an amazing programme which specialises in this! Have a look around, there are so many programmes out there which i never even thought of (but they exist haha). Especially now where there is a mix e.g. psych + education rather just straight psych.
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Bristol accepts Psychology A level as a science subject - just make sure you meet the GCSE Maths requirement : http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/under...sc-psychology/ and there are probably others that do too.
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I'm unsure whether its best to just do a straight degree in psych or do psych with education?
"with Education" limits your potential career pathways. and as with any joint subject degree you'll have to compromise on which units you are able to do in each subject.

If you are worried about the 'science' aspect., look carefully at the syllabus as some courses may to be more Humanities based. Essex - https://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/ug00361/1/ba-psychology

Or have a look at degrees that are 'Psychology and Counselling' - Greenwich https://www.gre.ac.uk/undergraduate-...lling-bsc-hons
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"with Education" limits your potential career pathways. and as with any joint subject degree you'll have to compromise on which units you are able to do in each subject.
You made good points but I have to disagree with the saying that taking a psych “with education” degree limits career pathways. I did a joint subject degree and it actually opened up more career pathways and post-degree options. I reckon if the person wants a totally different career e.g. in computer science or engineering then, yes, taking the psych + edu will limit their chances (though not impossible as there are many cases of people who switch to totally different fields). However if the person wants to stay in the same field whether it is clinical psychology, research, counselling etc., taking the psych + edu will not limit their career pathways. Mainly because I believe with whatever degree one takes, there will always be transferable skills to takeaway from it to bring into whatever career they choose.

Though of course, I respect your view on this. This is just my perspective!
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