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I want to study psychology at uni but I'm taking a level English literature, sociology and business studies. I've heard that you need a science/STEM subject to study it so I'm a bit worried. could I get some advice?
Original post by leftover-medalli
I want to study psychology at uni but I'm taking a level English literature, sociology and business studies. I've heard that you need a science/STEM subject to study it so I'm a bit worried. could I get some advice?


For most psychology degrees (even those accredited by the BPS), you only need 3 A Levels in any subjects so long you get the grades.

There would be a handful that would be asking for STEM (more precisely biology or psychology), but they are rare. Unless you're specifically vying for a place at one of these unis, you're fine with the subjects you have chosen.

I would double check the entry requirements of the specific degrees that you want to do though.
Original post by MindMax2000
For most psychology degrees (even those accredited by the BPS), you only need 3 A Levels in any subjects so long you get the grades.

There would be a handful that would be asking for STEM (more precisely biology or psychology), but they are rare. Unless you're specifically vying for a place at one of these unis, you're fine with the subjects you have chosen.

I would double check the entry requirements of the specific degrees that you want to do though.

ah okay tysm! do you know any unis that will allow me to take psychology with these subjects?
Original post by leftover-medalli
ah okay tysm! do you know any unis that will allow me to take psychology with these subjects?


Where I said most psychology degrees, I did mean most of psychology degrees. If you did a quick google search for the undergrad degrees, you would quickly find a list of them e.g.
https://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/psychology/#tab=entry - see MA/MASoSci
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/psychology-bsc
https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/undergraduate/psychology#accordion502079-header2
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/psychology/psychology.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab
https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/psychology/
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/psychology#entry
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/psychology-degree-bsc#entry

The unis with the pickier entry requirements tend to be in the top unis for the subject.

You also should check whether the degree is accredited by the BPS, otherwise you might have issues with using the degree to go into clinical psychology i.e. you might be restricted to use the degree for going into psychological research or going into a field where they accept anyone with any degree. If the degree isn't BPS accredited and you later wish to go into clinical psychology, you would need to do a psychology conversion course at postgrad which is then needs to be BPS accredited, prior to doing the doctorate or master's.
For a list of BPS accredited degrees, see: https://portal.bps.org.uk/Accredited-Courses
Original post by MindMax2000
Where I said most psychology degrees, I did mean most of psychology degrees. If you did a quick google search for the undergrad degrees, you would quickly find a list of them e.g.
https://www.gla.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/psychology/#tab=entry - see MA/MASoSci
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/course/psychology-bsc
https://www.city.ac.uk/prospective-students/courses/undergraduate/psychology#accordion502079-header2
https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/psychology/psychology.aspx#EntryRequirementsTab
https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/psychology/
https://www.surrey.ac.uk/undergraduate/psychology#entry
https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/psychology-degree-bsc#entry

The unis with the pickier entry requirements tend to be in the top unis for the subject.

You also should check whether the degree is accredited by the BPS, otherwise you might have issues with using the degree to go into clinical psychology i.e. you might be restricted to use the degree for going into psychological research or going into a field where they accept anyone with any degree. If the degree isn't BPS accredited and you later wish to go into clinical psychology, you would need to do a psychology conversion course at postgrad which is then needs to be BPS accredited, prior to doing the doctorate or master's.
For a list of BPS accredited degrees, see: https://portal.bps.org.uk/Accredited-Courses

Thank you so much for the information! I really do appreciate it <3

However, i do not want to go into clinical psychology. i would like to do something like counselling or general therapy. is that possible?. Again, thank you so much for your help and i honestly really do appreciate it.
Original post by leftover-medalli
Thank you so much for the information! I really do appreciate it <3

However, i do not want to go into clinical psychology. i would like to do something like counselling or general therapy. is that possible?. Again, thank you so much for your help and i honestly really do appreciate it.


Yeah.

You strictly don't need a degree to go into counselling or therapy; the minimum is a level 3 diploma or relevant training from your employer. See:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/counsellor
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/counsellor
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/counsellor
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/counselling-psychologist
https://www.bps.org.uk/counselling-psychologist-job-profile
https://ppn.nhs.uk/attachments/article/1286/IAPTCounsellorPSJD.pdf
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profile/counsellor
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/psychotherapist
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/psychotherapist
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/psychotherapist
https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/careers/psychotherapist
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/medical/job-profile/psychotherapist
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profile/cognitive-behavioural-therapist
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/cognitive-behavioural-therapist
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/high-intensity-therapist
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles-psychological-therapies/cbt-therapist
https://www.ppn.nhs.uk/resources/careers-map/cognitive-behavioural-therapist

I don't know what you specifically want to do, so I would leave the above to yourself

If you want to get a specific qualification related to counselling, you would probably want it to be relevant to the BACP.

Having said that, you can do joint degrees in psychology and counselling/psychotherapy should you wish. You would need to look for these though.
Also note that even if you don't want to become a clinical psychologist, you would probably want it to be accredited by the BPS to keep doors open.
Original post by MindMax2000
Yeah.

You strictly don't need a degree to go into counselling or therapy; the minimum is a level 3 diploma or relevant training from your employer. See:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/counsellor
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/counsellor
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/counsellor
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/counselling-psychologist
https://www.bps.org.uk/counselling-psychologist-job-profile
https://ppn.nhs.uk/attachments/article/1286/IAPTCounsellorPSJD.pdf
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profile/counsellor
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/psychotherapist
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/psychotherapist
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles/psychotherapist
https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/careers/psychotherapist
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/medical/job-profile/psychotherapist
https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/job-sectors/therapy/job-profile/cognitive-behavioural-therapist
https://nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/job-profiles/cognitive-behavioural-therapist
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/high-intensity-therapist
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/psychological-therapies/roles-psychological-therapies/cbt-therapist
https://www.ppn.nhs.uk/resources/careers-map/cognitive-behavioural-therapist

I don't know what you specifically want to do, so I would leave the above to yourself

If you want to get a specific qualification related to counselling, you would probably want it to be relevant to the BACP.

Having said that, you can do joint degrees in psychology and counselling/psychotherapy should you wish. You would need to look for these though.
Also note that even if you don't want to become a clinical psychologist, you would probably want it to be accredited by the BPS to keep doors open.

Ah alright. Thank you so much for your help, i really do appreciate it. Hope you have a great day! <3
Original post by leftover-medalli
I want to study psychology at uni but I'm taking a level English literature, sociology and business studies. I've heard that you need a science/STEM subject to study it so I'm a bit worried. could I get some advice?


Hiya! This was a worry of mine as well when I was trying to find psychology courses, since I studied mostly very non scientific subjects (Psychology, Sociology and Fine Art). Just to echo all the comments above, it depends from uni to uni but at least the one I'm currently attending (Cardiff Uni) doesn't require any specific A-Levels.

MindMax2000 gave some great advice here but just to add on, BPS-accredited Psychology degrees don't focus on clinical psychology only. Some universities will have their specialties in certain departments due to the research done there (eg. developmental psychology) but in general BPS-accredited degrees cover a wide range of sub-topics (social psychology, developmental, biological psych, etc.). Its a good way to understand what fields you're most interested in!

From my understanding, after doing a Psychology BSc, students tend to do a further postgraduate course in counselling/therapy, to get into counselling work.

I hope that helped! Let me know if you had any questions about studying psychology :smile:

- Fatiha, Cardiff Uni Student Rep
(edited 6 months ago)
Original post by CardiffUni Rep 2
Hiya! This was a worry of mine as well when I was trying to find psychology courses, since I studied mostly very non scientific subjects (Psychology, Sociology and Fine Art). Just to echo all the comments above, it depends from uni to uni but at least the one I'm currently attending (Cardiff Uni) doesn't require any specific A-Levels.

MindMax2000 gave some great advice here but just to add on, BPS-accredited Psychology degrees don't focus on clinical psychology only. Some universities will have their specialties in certain departments due to the research done there (eg. developmental psychology) but in general BPS-accredited degrees cover a wide range of sub-topics (social psychology, developmental, biological psych, etc.). Its a good way to understand what fields you're most interested in!

From my understanding, after doing a Psychology BSc, students tend to do a further postgraduate course in counselling/therapy, to get into counselling work.

I hope that helped! Let me know if you had any questions about studying psychology :smile:

- Fatiha, Cardiff Uni Student Rep

Thank you so much. Just a quick question but will not taking a level psychology put me at a disadvantage or?
Hello,

Usually, the most crucial subjects for studying psychology at University are GCSE English and Maths, and 3 A-levels (subjects do not usually matter). In my experience, I did not do A-Levels (but did AS), so I had to do a foundation year. I studied sociology, law and politics. I did not do psychology, yet, I am a psychology student. So, don't worry too much about not doing psych even if you want to get into it!

I wish you the best of luck :h:

All the best,
Dana Kafoud
4th-year BSc (Hons) Criminal Psychology student
Original post by leftover-medalli
Thank you so much. Just a quick question but will not taking a level psychology put me at a disadvantage or?


I would also agree with Dana's comment above! Most psychology courses know that a good amount of their students would not have taken psychology A-Level so the first year is usually just getting students familiar with core concepts. So I wouldn't worry too much :smile:

- Fatiha, Cardiff Uni Rep
Original post by leftover-medalli
ah okay tysm! do you know any unis that will allow me to take psychology with these subjects?


Hello!

I am in my third year of studying Psychology at Edge Hill University. Edge Hill accepts students from any A-level subjects so long as you meet the offer which is BBC-BBB. The course is also accredited by the BPS which is super important and I have really enjoyed the course so far.

Here is the information about the Psychology course if you wanted to have a little look through :smile:

I can see you mentioned going into counselling or general therapy. The Psychology course is a great baseline for all of these potential career options, however if you know it is that you want to go into counselling you could also consider a course in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which you can also do with any A-levels BCC-BBC. This course would enable you to actually provide therapy and you will have gained a qualification psychotherapy and counselling which may be more beneficial for you if you know this is what you'd like to go into.

Here is all the information for the Counselling and Psychotherapy course if you are interested.

I hope this helps!

Katie - Third year Psychology student

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