Why study Psychology? Is Psychology right for me? Is it a good career path to choose?

Subject Spotlight: Psychology

Did you know that Psychology is used to influence your everyday decisions?

Take shopping, for example. Supermarkets place essentials, such as bread and milk, at the back of the shop in order to make you walk past the rest of the produce and heighten the possibility of impulse buys. Irrational pricing is another widely used tactic – pricing of items at £4.99 instead of £5 makes us believe we are getting a better deal than we are.

If you are interested in how psychology affects all areas of life and fascinated by the human mind, a psychology degree could be right for you!

Why study psychology?

Psychology helps you understand why people are the way they are and what motivates them to act the way they do. Psychology seeks to understand our thoughts, feelings and actions.

While most of us associate it with listening to a patient’s problems while they lie comfortably on a coach, there is much more to it. Psychology can be applied to many areas of life, from website design to company branding and creating better workspaces.

Is Psychology right for me?

Psychology helps develop transferable skills such as communication, critical analysis and research. It also enables you to understand the behaviour of individuals, so, opening door to many rewarding careers, such as Social Services, HR and Marketing.

A psychology degree will allow you to learn how the brain functions and what makes people tick. It will help you answer many interesting questions, like why we dream and why people suffer from depression.

The insights that you gain into how certain things affect your thoughts and emotions means that you could apply psychological concepts to improve your life – whether your goal is to give up smoking or exercise more.

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Is it a good career path to choose?

With a psychology degree, you’re well placed to pursue a career in a range of fields, depending on your personal interests. Further study is always an option, and it requires a Master’s qualification and work experience in a relevant field if you’d like to become a fully-fledged chartered psychologist.

However, for a large number of careers, further study isn’t necessary. Those who don’t go on to study psychology at postgraduate level have many options within public and private sector like Healthcare, Education, Mental Health Support, Social Work, Therapy and Counselling.

You may also choose to study psychology in combination with other subjects such as Law, Sociology, Criminology and Human Resource Management. Upon completing their degree, graduates often pursue careers in Business Development, HR, Market Research,

Media & Advertising and the Prison Service.

What type of qualification will I need to get?

To become a chartered psychologist, you will need to study a BPS accredited Psychology degree, followed by a Masters degree (Arden MSc Psychology is in development for launch in 2017, register your interest below*) and obtain relevant work experience.

Those who look to pursue a career in other fields often choose to study Psychology with another subject.

Do I have to study full time to get this degree?

No, there are many ways to study for a Psychology degree. Online, part-time options are all available.

How long will it take?

Degree courses are normally three years. Most students studying part time/online are expected to complete the course in 4.5 years.

A Master’s degree can be completed in 1-5 years, depending on the mode of study.

What are the entry requirements?

Requirements will vary. In most cases, A-level qualifications (or equivalent) will be required to enter an undergraduate degree. Because a pure psychology degree will often include some statistical and quantitative research methods, a GCSE in Mathematics will sometimes be required.

When applying for a Master’s degree, students are normally educated to a degree level.

However, often work experience can be taken into account alongside other qualifications.

What type of jobs could I get?

Prospects aren’t restricted to becoming a Psychologist. Business Development, HR, Market Research, Media & Advertising and the Prison Service are popular with psychology graduates.

What type of salary could I expect as a graduate?

Salary depends on the field. Clinical psychologist can earn between £31,383 and £41,373. Consultant clinical psychologists can earn up to £82,434.

For a full list of our psychology courses please click here.

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