Best degree choice to become a Child Psychologist

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I couldn't do Psychology (I have my reasons) so I applied to study Education. I have to choose between a Primary Education with QTS course at Greenwich and an Education Studies course at Roehampton. However I am still not 100% sure of what I want to do after uni - possibly, I would like to study at postgraduate level to become a Child Psychologist. To do that, which course should I choose now at uni?
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I couldn't do Psychology (I have my reasons) so I applied to study Education. I have to choose between a Primary Education with QTS course at Greenwich and an Education Studies course at Roehampton. However I am still not 100% sure of what I want to do after uni - possibly, I would like to study at postgraduate level to become a Child Psychologist. To do that, which course should I choose now at uni?
Hi Megan,

There is no such role as a Child Psychologist. You may mean Educational Psychologist, i.e. those who work with children in educational capacity (assessments) compared to Clinical that work across age spectrum (may include child only work, but not in educational capacity). If this is the case then you will need a Psychology degree or conversion course that is accredited with BPS. Regardless of your course (undergrad degree or conversion) you will then need a doctorate in Psychology. There is an Educational and a Clinical doctorate for each.

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Sounds like you're thinking more Child Psychotherapy and/or counselling? If that's the case, it's a 'related' degree that is required.

The above is correct, you can't go on to be a Psychologist (Clinical that specialises in children, Educational psychologist etc.) without EITHER an accredited UG degree or an accredited conversion masters after your other-subject UG degree.
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EPs do more than assessments, but it is focused around the school context. We support children across a wide range of areas of need related to school and work on a whole-school and local authority level as well. But as above, there is no such thing as a purely 'child psychologist'. Some of the EP courses are 'educational and child psychologist' but ultimately it doesn't qualify you in anything additional to other courses
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(Original post by meganmegsmzz)
I couldn't do Psychology (I have my reasons) so I applied to study Education. I have to choose between a Primary Education with QTS course at Greenwich and an Education Studies course at Roehampton. However I am still not 100% sure of what I want to do after uni - possibly, I would like to study at postgraduate level to become a Child Psychologist. To do that, which course should I choose now at uni?
I would suggest you do the Primary Education programme, it gives you more options of what you can do after university! I will say, I did my undergrad at roehampton and they were quite good!
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Sounds like you're thinking more Child Psychotherapy and/or counselling? If that's the case, it's a 'related' degree that is required.

The above is correct, you can't go on to be a Psychologist (Clinical that specialises in children, Educational psychologist etc.) without EITHER an accredited UG degree or an accredited conversion masters after your other-subject UG degree.
I am planning to a Psychology Conversion course after my undergraduate degree but I'm not sure which one to choose as my undergrad degree: Primary Education with QTS at Greenwich or Education Studies at Roehampton?
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Hi Megan,

There is no such role as a Child Psychologist. You may mean Educational Psychologist, i.e. those who work with children in educational capacity (assessments) compared to Clinical that work across age spectrum (may include child only work, but not in educational capacity). If this is the case then you will need a Psychology degree or conversion course that is accredited with BPS. Regardless of your course (undergrad degree or conversion) you will then need a doctorate in Psychology. There is an Educational and a Clinical doctorate for each.

Hope this helps,

Greg
Hi, thank you for your reply. I am planning to a Psychology Conversion course accredited by the BPS after my undergraduate degree but I'm not sure which one to choose as my undergrad degree: Primary Education with QTS at Greenwich or Education Studies at Roehampton? I was just wondering if one course would make me a more desirable candidate than the other in the future when I'll apply for the conversion course.
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Hi, thank you for your reply. I am planning to a Psychology Conversion course accredited by the BPS after my undergraduate degree but I'm not sure which one to choose as my undergrad degree: Primary Education with QTS at Greenwich or Education Studies at Roehampton? I was just wondering if one course would make me a more desirable candidate than the other in the future when I'll apply for the conversion course.
It depends if you want to be a teacher first or not. None of those degrees will help you get to the doctorate to be a psychologist, aside from the conversion. They may aid you in becoming a teacher but they are not necessary for any of the courses. What matters is experience and reflection.

All you need is an accredited course, either undergrad or conversion. So up to you whether you want to go down teacher route first or not.

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Hi, thank you for your reply. I am planning to a Psychology Conversion course accredited by the BPS after my undergraduate degree but I'm not sure which one to choose as my undergrad degree: Primary Education with QTS at Greenwich or Education Studies at Roehampton? I was just wondering if one course would make me a more desirable candidate than the other in the future when I'll apply for the conversion course.
Some unis offer a BPS accredited course called 'psychology with education' which might be of interest to you? Also, keep in mind that even if you have a masters degree, you will still always get funding from SFE to do teaching if you really want to go into that after but you only get 1 masters loan so use it wisely. You may want to use that to do a specialist masters to further specialise in clinical or educational psychology rather than simply for a conversion course to give you GBS accreditation (which you could get from a fully funded undergrad course). A psychology conversion course is usually only used by people who realise after doing their undergrad they want to do psychology instead. If you know, right now that you want to do that, I would seriously consider doing a psychology degree first and worry about teaching later rather than the other way around.
Might be worth going through clearing or taking a year out to see if psychology or teaching are more important to you by doing some work in either field.
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