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best uni for psychology?

hello! i'm currently in year 12 and i'm looking to study psychology and then specialise in clinical psychology. I got a grade 5 in maths but a grade 8 in english in my gcse's. which uni would be the best for studying psychology?
Original post by pastaaroll
hello! i'm currently in year 12 and i'm looking to study psychology and then specialise in clinical psychology. I got a grade 5 in maths but a grade 8 in english in my gcse's. which uni would be the best for studying psychology?


I can't say which university is best for psychology (do your own research), but if you're going into clincial psychology I don't think the NHS cares so long you have the appropriate degrees (you might need a second opinion on this). I think this means the undergrad needs to be accredited by the BPS: https://portal.bps.org.uk/Accredited-Courses
According to the National Career Service, you will need the following: https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/clinical-psychologist
If you really can't decide, use league tables:
https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2021/sep/11/best-uk-universities-for-psychology-league-table
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-psychology-degrees-uk
https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings/psychology

I find the following courses pretty nice:
http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/psychology/psychbsc/#entry-requirements
https://www.york.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/bsc-psychology/#entry
https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/psychology/psychology-bsc/#entry-requirements
https://www.durham.ac.uk/study/courses/c800/#entry-requirements-927492
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/psychology-bsc

Personally, I would look through the course content to see if it's the sort of course I would enjoy doing. Should I be unsure, I would go on forums and ask for second opinons (or ask people you know in psychology) on which degree you would enjoy most. If there are graduates from the specific degrees you are thinking of applying for, so much the better. If you can ask specific graduates or students who did the course on university open days, even better.

Generally, psychology is not a math intensive subject, so GCSE level maths should be more or less the extent of how much maths is involved. Some of the universities are asking for 6 and 7 in maths. If necessary, you can always retake GCSE maths (I wouldn't let it be the thing that drags your application down, considering how much of a difference it can make to your application to a top end university).
Original post by pastaaroll
hello! i'm currently in year 12 and i'm looking to study psychology and then specialise in clinical psychology. I got a grade 5 in maths but a grade 8 in english in my gcse's. which uni would be the best for studying psychology?

Hi there!

I would highly recommend looking at the Kent for Psychology. I'm going into my final year of my psych degree and I really enjoy it here. The Uni of Kent offers a variety of psychology degrees such as psychology with clinical psychology. Or you can opt for the straight psychology degree and specialise in a field of your choice after. I personally chose to study the straight psychology degree as I found that it was more flexible. I've linked below some of the different psychology degrees offered at Kent with information about course structure and entry requirements.

https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/49/psychology
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/50/psychology-with-clinical-psychology
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/52/psychology-with-a-year-abroad
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/2528/psychology-placement-year
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/3117/business-psychology
https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/1389/psychology-with-forensic-psychology

Hope this helps a bit! Best of Luck with A levels and let me know if you have any psychology related questions

Joanna
-Uni of Kent Rep:biggrin:
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Original post by pastaaroll
hello! i'm currently in year 12 and i'm looking to study psychology and then specialise in clinical psychology. I got a grade 5 in maths but a grade 8 in english in my gcse's. which uni would be the best for studying psychology?


To be honest most courses that are bps accredited (which is what youre looking for) are going to be kinda similar as they have to cover the same compulsory modules, so you should try to look at location/ranking if that helps. Also some unis may specialise in some things over others, for example lse has a course that is heavily social sciences based so it wouldn't be best for clinical psych. I'd reccomend looking at uni modules as well.
Original post by Banoot
To be honest most courses that are bps accredited (which is what youre looking for) are going to be kinda similar as they have to cover the same compulsory modules, so you should try to look at location/ranking if that helps. Also some unis may specialise in some things over others, for example lse has a course that is heavily social sciences based so it wouldn't be best for clinical psych. I'd reccomend looking at uni modules as well.


There is actually no issue with Cambridge's PBS nor LSE's PBS leading to postgraduate studies, and eventually the clinical psychology pathway. What's important is that one needs to get minimum of 2:1 to qualify for Masters, and to do well for undergraduate degree, one needs to enjoy the courses in either of these programmes. I did not choose LSE because I feel that their electives from their selection list Year 3 are not suitable for me.
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Original post by BubblesBB
There is actually no issue with Cambridge's PBS nor LSE's PBS leading to postgraduate studies, and eventually the clinical psychology pathway. What's important is that one needs to get minimum of 2:1 to qualify for Masters, and to do well for undergraduate degree, one needs to enjoy the courses in either of these programmes. I did not choose LSE because I feel that their electives from their selection list Year 3 are not suitable for me.

Ah I didn't mean to say that you can't go onto clinical psychology after psych at lse, you still would be qualified to do so, but when I went to the open day they said themselves that they wouldn't reccommend it for people intending to go into clinical psych
Original post by Banoot
Ah I didn't mean to say that you can't go onto clinical psychology after psych at lse, you still would be qualified to do so, but when I went to the open day they said themselves that they wouldn't reccommend it for people intending to go into clinical psych


Good luck with your applications! We have 3 same university choices for Psych. :wink:
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Original post by BubblesBB
Good luck with your applications! We have 3 same university choices for Psych. :wink:

Woah really!! Good luck with your applications, and I hope we here back from them sooner rather than later 🤞🏽

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