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uni degree choice - psychology, sociology or both as a joint degree

i'm really conflicted in choosing one of these

psychology BSc - the more "respected" over sociology, better jobs available, but there's also an overcrowding of people with psychology degrees so a lot stay unemployed

sociology BA - i prefer the content here

joint degree BSc - much more limited uni options than picking one or the other, so less likely to get into a good uni, but my most ideal preferred option in a perfect world

(pls correct me if i'm wrong ab any of these points)
also i'm still really unsure as to what i want my career to be but i'm really interested in something where i can apply these subjects
Original post by kugishaki
i'm really conflicted in choosing one of these
psychology BSc - the more "respected" over sociology, better jobs available, but there's also an overcrowding of people with psychology degrees so a lot stay unemployed
sociology BA - i prefer the content here
joint degree BSc - much more limited uni options than picking one or the other, so less likely to get into a good uni, but my most ideal preferred option in a perfect world
(pls correct me if i'm wrong ab any of these points)
also i'm still really unsure as to what i want my career to be but i'm really interested in something where i can apply these subjects

Hey there 😀

You know what’s awesome about diving into Psychology? It’s like discovering a treasure of career options you never even imagined! 🎉 After you graduate, the possibilities are endless. Sure, there are the well-known paths, but there's so much more out there! Imagine yourself working in Marketing, Education, Business Analytics, Healthcare, and so much more. With a Psychology degree, the world is your oyster! So, no worries about the popularity of the course it's your ticket to a world of opportunities! 🚀

If Sociology sounds more like your thing, it might be the perfect fit for you! 🎓 From my experience, choosing a degree is all about listening to your gut and following your passions. The goal is to study something that excites and interests you because you want a future doing what you love. So, take your time and really think about what subjects spark your curiosity. Choose the course that feels right for you and aligns with your interests 🌟

You don’t need to go to the top university to succeed! 🥳 Nowadays, what really counts for employers is your experience and extracurricular activities. So, when choosing a uni, focus on the opportunities they offer for personal and professional growth. Look for internship schemes, placement years, career support, volunteering options, student exchange programs, and a variety of clubs and societies. Anyone can earn a degree, but gaining valuable experience and doing amazing things during your studies is what really sets you apart 🤗

I hope it was helpful 💪 Feel free to reach out if you have any questions 😉 You can also chat with me or other students directly through The Ambassador Platform.

Take care,

Julia
Psychology student
De Montfort University
Original post by kugishaki
i'm really conflicted in choosing one of these

psychology BSc - the more "respected" over sociology, better jobs available, but there's also an overcrowding of people with psychology degrees so a lot stay unemployed

sociology BA - i prefer the content here

joint degree BSc - much more limited uni options than picking one or the other, so less likely to get into a good uni, but my most ideal preferred option in a perfect world

(pls correct me if i'm wrong ab any of these points)
also i'm still really unsure as to what i want my career to be but i'm really interested in something where i can apply these subjects


It's not true that psychology is more respected than sociology, and a psychology degree doesn't qualify you to become a psychologist. It takes additional qualifications and years of experience, and it is very competitive.

If you prefer sociology, then pursue that path. Alternative courses you could consider that would lead to a career in the field could be social work, or a joint nursing and social work course (including children's, adult, mental health or learning disability nursing). Some examples:

https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/social-work-ba-hons-l500/2025/
https://www.shu.ac.uk/courses/nursing-and-midwifery/bsc-honours-nursing-learning-disability-and-social-work/full-time/

Useful links:

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/sociology
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/psychology

https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/education-training/search-approved-courses/
https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/career-planning/course-finder

Sign up for some uni open days and go to a range of course talks to help you determine what will suit you.

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