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i'm about to start studying my first year of a-levels and i intend to study psychology at university. i'd love to become a criminal psychologist but i'm not really sure how to get there? i don't know if it's a certain bachelor's or master's course or if i have to do something else to get qualified. thanks in advance
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i'm about to start studying my first year of a-levels and i intend to study psychology at university. i'd love to become a criminal psychologist but i'm not really sure how to get there? i don't know if it's a certain bachelor's or master's course or if i have to do something else to get qualified. thanks in advance
Hi!

Criminal Psychologist isn't a recognised career in the UK, but I'm assuming you mean Forensic Psychologist.

To practice as a Forensic Psychologist, you first need to take a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology. You will then need to study Forensic Psychology at Master's level (stage 1) and doctorate level (stage 2). There is more information about this career here: https://careers.bps.org.uk/area/forensic.

Another career you may be interested in is Criminology. There is a different route into this than the one outlined above. There is more information about this career here: https://nationalcareers.service.gov..../criminologist.

Maybe do a bit of research into each to figure out which (if any) you might be interested in.
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i'm about to start studying my first year of a-levels and i intend to study psychology at university. i'd love to become a criminal psychologist but i'm not really sure how to get there? i don't know if it's a certain bachelor's or master's course or if i have to do something else to get qualified. thanks in advance
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I am currently on a similar career path! I just completed my first year studying psychology at undergraduate level. I would advise researching entry requirements for whatever your university of choice is when considering choosing A levels!

I imagine most will ask that you will study a criminology/law/psychology A-level.

As for following your desired career path, I would suggest going broad with your degree choice. E.g. I chose psychology over Forensic psychology. This opens up a lot of career options for myself, as psychology is one the most employable degree choices due to many transferable skills It's not just limited to being in a psychiatry setting i.e. you can be beneficial to advertising agencies as you can research and report what appeals to people the most.

And of course, you never know if you will want to follow the same path in 3/4 years time.

You can always specialise more for your career path later on by completing a masters in a particular area. For example, if you did a psychology bachelors and then a masters in criminal psychology, you have the base knowledge about general psychology from the first degree, and then on top you have expert specialised information in a particular field on completion of your masters.

I hope this makes sense, please feel free to ask any questions.

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Hi!

I am currently on a similar career path! I just completed my first year studying psychology at undergraduate level. I would advise researching entry requirements for whatever your university of choice is when considering choosing A levels!

I imagine most will ask that you will study a criminology/law/psychology A-level.

As for following your desired career path, I would suggest going broad with your degree choice. E.g. I chose psychology over Forensic psychology. This opens up a lot of career options for myself, as psychology is one the most employable degree choices due to many transferable skills It's not just limited to being in a psychiatry setting i.e. you can be beneficial to advertising agencies as you can research and report what appeals to people the most.

And of course, you never know if you will want to follow the same path in 3/4 years time.

You can always specialise more for your career path later on by completing a masters in a particular area. For example, if you did a psychology bachelors and then a masters in criminal psychology, you have the base knowledge about general psychology from the first degree, and then on top you have expert specialised information in a particular field on completion of your masters.

I hope this makes sense, please feel free to ask any questions.

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thank you so much for this reply. I'm taking law and biology for my other two subjects so I'm glad i got 2/3 right. and i intend on studying psychology at university for exactly that reason lol I'm very undecided about what path in psychology I'm most interested in :') thanks again
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