Psychology is a science based profession and is the study of people; how they think, how they act, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivation underlying them.
Psychology can be studied at GCSE and at Post 16 level.
To work as a psychologist, you will need to do approved training at degree level, gain appropriate experience and then follow this with approved training at doctorate level. For more information, see our pages on entry requirements and training for psychologists.
Psychologists deal with the way the mind works and can specialise in various areas such as mental health and educational and occupational psychology.
Psychologists are not usually medically qualified and only a small proportion of people studying psychology degrees, will go on to work with patients. There are a number of areas that people with psychology degrees can move into.
- clinical psychology
- counselling psychology
- educational psychology
- forensic psychology
- health psychology
- occupational psychology
- teaching and research in psychology.
For further information about careers in psychology, visit our psychology links page, which includes contact information for the regulatory and professional organisations.