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Top courses to study Psych undergrad?

I'm in Year 12 and will soon start applying to Universities. My first choices are UCL and KCL but I'm not sure i'll get the predicted grades I want as well as I've noticed how some students are saying they are overrated. I want a good course, but a good university as well so that my qualifications can be recognised. I've heard some people say how the tutors are not helpful, I just want a uni that can support me through and through. I don't lack the knowledge I just find it hard to stick it to the mark scheme (fyi i do biology, psychology, and english and i want to study Psychology at uni) Would love some advice/ opinions. Thanks.
Original post by sakshi.11
I'm in Year 12 and will soon start applying to Universities. My first choices are UCL and KCL but I'm not sure i'll get the predicted grades I want as well as I've noticed how some students are saying they are overrated. I want a good course, but a good university as well so that my qualifications can be recognised. I've heard some people say how the tutors are not helpful, I just want a uni that can support me through and through. I don't lack the knowledge I just find it hard to stick it to the mark scheme (fyi i do biology, psychology, and english and i want to study Psychology at uni) Would love some advice/ opinions. Thanks.

Hiya! This is definitely going to give a biased view as I am a student ambassador haha, but if anything I'd recommend giving Cardiff a look 🙂 Its a really nice place to study and I think the course is really good so far (I'm a third year placement student currently). It is a reputable university in the field of psychology, from the research a lot of the academic staff does. I'd say that its a course that really listens to the students? When we gave feedback in year 1, they implemented it in year 2. My academic tutor has been good as well, helping with some mental health difficulties as well as academic. I would also say that the course offers maths drop ins for the statistics side and extra workshops/lectures for study skills like essay writing and references, so there is a lot of academic support out there :smile:

~ Fatiha, Cardiff University Student Rep
Original post by sakshi.11
I'm in Year 12 and will soon start applying to Universities. My first choices are UCL and KCL but I'm not sure i'll get the predicted grades I want as well as I've noticed how some students are saying they are overrated. I want a good course, but a good university as well so that my qualifications can be recognised. I've heard some people say how the tutors are not helpful, I just want a uni that can support me through and through. I don't lack the knowledge I just find it hard to stick it to the mark scheme (fyi i do biology, psychology, and english and i want to study Psychology at uni) Would love some advice/ opinions. Thanks.

The thing with UCL and KCL is that they're humongous universities and it shows in the quality of teaching. Not that their teaching is bad, but the teaching I get in Queen Mary for psychology, in which we're only like 130 students total per year (it can wildly vary though, the year above us borderlines 200 students)), is much different than what you'd get in UCL, whose cohorts will be like two or three hundred. The ease I and other students at smaller universities have in accessing academic staff is almost impossible to replicate in big universities like UCL and KCL. So a smaller university might be the way to go for you. Reputation-wise, it doesn't matter in psychology, you just need to go for a degree that is BPS accredited and you'll be golden and recognised :smile:
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Original post by Scotland Yard
The thing with UCL and KCL is that they're humongous universities and it shows in the quality of teaching. Not that their teaching is bad, but the teaching I get in Queen Mary for psychology, in which we're only like 130 students total per year (it can wildly vary though, the year above us borderlines 200 students)), is much different than what you'd get in UCL, whose cohorts will be like two or three hundred. The ease I and other students at smaller universities have in accessing academic staff is almost impossible to replicate in big universities like UCL and KCL. So a smaller university might be the way to go for you. Reputation-wise, it doesn't matter in psychology, you just need to go for a degree that is BPS accredited and you'll be golden and recognised :smile:

Thank you for putting it into perspective for me, it was really helpful
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Original post by CardiffUni Rep 2
Hiya! This is definitely going to give a biased view as I am a student ambassador haha, but if anything I'd recommend giving Cardiff a look 🙂 Its a really nice place to study and I think the course is really good so far (I'm a third year placement student currently). It is a reputable university in the field of psychology, from the research a lot of the academic staff does. I'd say that its a course that really listens to the students? When we gave feedback in year 1, they implemented it in year 2. My academic tutor has been good as well, helping with some mental health difficulties as well as academic. I would also say that the course offers maths drop ins for the statistics side and extra workshops/lectures for study skills like essay writing and references, so there is a lot of academic support out there :smile:
~ Fatiha, Cardiff University Student Rep

I will definitely look into it, thanks so much
If you want tiny classes then the university of Buckingham maybe a good idea. However, google reviews do not give it a great rating.
Original post by sakshi.11
I'm in Year 12 and will soon start applying to Universities. My first choices are UCL and KCL but I'm not sure i'll get the predicted grades I want as well as I've noticed how some students are saying they are overrated. I want a good course, but a good university as well so that my qualifications can be recognised. I've heard some people say how the tutors are not helpful, I just want a uni that can support me through and through. I don't lack the knowledge I just find it hard to stick it to the mark scheme (fyi i do biology, psychology, and english and i want to study Psychology at uni) Would love some advice/ opinions. Thanks.

Both KCL and UCL have at last academically strong departments in that subject area, although UCL apparently suffers from issues in student support in their psych department.

Bath is very strong for psychology outside of London and might be worth looking at. Depending on your particular area(s) of interest Edinburgh may also appeal (they also have their cognitive science courses). Oxford or Cambridge are also potential options assuming you are predicted appropriate grades.

Note that in the UK your qualifications will be "recognised" regardless of which uni you go to. And most sectors don't really put much if any weighting on uni "brand name". It's mainly a factor for investment banking/management consulting (in which case you want to aim for a target uni - which incidentally, KCL isn't).

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