Why study this course?
With so many aspects of life involving psychology in some way, studying this subject will be both interesting and useful. The knowledge and experience gained may lead towards one of the traditional fields of professional psychology (such as clinical psychology, educational psychology or occupational psychology), provided you undertake an accredited course, or it may lead you into a more diverse areas of work which draws upon psychology such as – education, social work, health, administration, market research, ergonomics, human resource management – anywhere where experience of seeking to understand human beings in a systematic way can be put to use. Graduate employers value Psychology graduates as the broad range of transferable skills gained over the course of your degree make you as valued employee.
At Chester we pride ourselves on being student focused, both in terms of our approachability and also in involving students in our on-going evaluations and reviews of the programme. We also have a thriving student Psychology society who organise a regular programme of social and academic activities.
A particular strength of our Psychology course is the emphasis on finding out through practical activity and using applied course work assessments. You can expect extensive experience in planning, carrying out, analysing and reporting studies with people – interviewing, survey, observation, and experimentation – acquiring a range of valuable transferable skills. Our staff have a wide range of experience in applied areas of Psychology, as well as the core areas of Psychology you may have previously studied.
Our degrees are approved as conferring eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society, which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist, provided the final year dissertation is passed and at least a 2ii degree classification is obtained.The necessary modules for this are core parts of your programme, and you can take 2 or 3 elective modules of your choice each year. These may be chosen due to a particular career path you have in mind – such as Clinical / Health psychology or Educational / Child Psychology – or they may be chosen due to personal interest.
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