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I am not an exemplary student. I used to be but due to health related absence my gcse mocks grades have slipped quite far. First are my predicted and next are what I am achieving.
Maths 8 - 7
English 88 - 34
Buisness 7 - 8
Product design 7 - 6
Psychology 7 - 9
Biology 8 - 6
Chemistry 8 - 6
Physics 8 - 5
As you can see my predicted grades sound insane. For context I scored 119 on the 11+ and therefore have gone to a local mixed comprehensive school. I am furious that I didn't appeal and go to a grammar school as I feel I would have excelled there and I am not going to make the same mistake again.
The issues I have are reviving my grades. Obviously I need to focus on English and Physics but for a Psychology degree/doctorate/PhD what will I need?
I am not rich by any means and I am weighing up the danger of student loan. I never planned to be in debt, and I seriously can't see myself motivated with a debt hanging over me. I also am not sure if I could continue such an academic route.
I am aiming to pursue psychology at a higher level, and I aspire to own and run my own private practice where I can counsel teens and adults.
Alternatively, I am extremely passionate about horses however the equestrian industry is toxic, unreliable and financially draining. I have wanted to be a mounted police officer for as long as I can remember, and I am aware it comes with a civil service pension, respect, variety and horses.
If I choose to pursue psychology I am unsure as to what I should do to get there, and realistically is it worth it? Would I really be able to make a career strong enough to support me, my expenses, a horse and student debt?!
Original post by charlottes.04
I am not an exemplary student. I used to be but due to health related absence my gcse mocks grades have slipped quite far. First are my predicted and next are what I am achieving.
Maths 8 - 7
English 88 - 34
Buisness 7 - 8
Product design 7 - 6
Psychology 7 - 9
Biology 8 - 6
Chemistry 8 - 6
Physics 8 - 5
As you can see my predicted grades sound insane. For context I scored 119 on the 11+ and therefore have gone to a local mixed comprehensive school. I am furious that I didn't appeal and go to a grammar school as I feel I would have excelled there and I am not going to make the same mistake again.
The issues I have are reviving my grades. Obviously I need to focus on English and Physics but for a Psychology degree/doctorate/PhD what will I need?
I am not rich by any means and I am weighing up the danger of student loan. I never planned to be in debt, and I seriously can't see myself motivated with a debt hanging over me. I also am not sure if I could continue such an academic route.
I am aiming to pursue psychology at a higher level, and I aspire to own and run my own private practice where I can counsel teens and adults.
Alternatively, I am extremely passionate about horses however the equestrian industry is toxic, unreliable and financially draining. I have wanted to be a mounted police officer for as long as I can remember, and I am aware it comes with a civil service pension, respect, variety and horses.
If I choose to pursue psychology I am unsure as to what I should do to get there, and realistically is it worth it? Would I really be able to make a career strong enough to support me, my expenses, a horse and student debt?!

Hi Charlotte,

You've posted your message in the 'ask Student Finance England' section of The Student Room. If you have a query for us regarding your application then do let us know. Alternatively, if you want to repost this in the main forum for others to respond to you. Thanks, Jason
Original post by SFE Jason
Hi Charlotte,
You've posted your message in the 'ask Student Finance England' section of The Student Room. If you have a query for us regarding your application then do let us know. Alternatively, if you want to repost this in the main forum for others to respond to you. Thanks, Jason

What is easier to achieve funding/scholarship/stipends for, a PhD or a doctorate in counselling psychology?
Original post by charlottes.04
What is easier to achieve funding/scholarship/stipends for, a PhD or a doctorate in counselling psychology?

Hi Charlotte,

Scholarships etc are set up by universities so you'd need to discuss it directly with them as it's not something Student Finance England specialise in.

Thanks, Ross

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