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how much do you need maths for psychology

how much do you need maths for psychology
Original post by zainab10101
how much do you need maths for psychology


If you mean to get into uni, biology is just as highly seen, both are best really. If you mean in general, it's very useful to know stats specifically since you'll be using it a lot at uni. I wouldn't say you need it if you're doing psychology and biology but it's definitely going to make uni easier.
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Original post by zainab10101
how much do you need maths for psychology


It involves a lot of statistical analysis, but there is software that does all the hard work for you. You do need to be able to read and understand graphs and figures. When I chose to do psychology, I was nervous about the maths, as I hated maths at school and wasn't very good at it, however, I found it manageable.
Original post by zainab10101
how much do you need maths for psychology

Hi @zainab10101

Almost every university offering a psychology degree will mention in their requirements some kind of combination of STEM A-Levels. The reason for this, is psychological research is pretty maths-heavy and throughout your course, you’ll have to engage with statistical figures very regularly.

This is not to say that it’s extremely complicated maths, you learn how to run software that can do the hard stuff for you and then it’s your job to interpret the data. Handling the data is where the understanding of maths comes in.

However, I will say that universities work very hard to get everyone up to speed on how to conduct statistical analysis and handle all the numbers, so it really isn’t as daunting as it seems! If you enjoy psychology, I absolutely recommend going for it!

Hope this helps! :smile:

Estelle
Second Year Psychology Student
University of Huddersfield
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i heard many universities ask for a 6 in gcse maths to study phycology
Original post by zainab10101
how much do you need maths for psychology


Hey,

I don't think maths at A-level is always required to enter a psychology degree, but it may vary between universities so it's important to have a look at the entry requirements for your desired university.

I'm in my second year of Psychology and I have to say I was surprised how much maths there actually is! As mentioned above, there is so much statistical analysis involved in psychology, and every experiment/study you run will involve some sort of maths to test its validity/reliability. In my first year we had to calculate everything by hand which was very tedious, but I think it was to make sure we fully understood the methods we were using. In second year we were taught how to use specialist software for running statistical tests which made things a lot easier, although we still had to use hand calculations for exams.

Personally I found the maths quite hard, but i'm not naturally gifted at maths. But the support we had from the lecturers was amazing and I got there in the end and felt prepared for running studies/exams it just took a lot of practise :smile:

I hope this helps a bit,

Lauren -Official Student Rep:biggrin:

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