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Entry requirements for psychology

If you wish to enter psychology as a career in the NHS, you will need an honours degree in order to be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC - previously known as GBR). You will also need to undertake additional post graduate courses in a relevant field.

For further information, visit our webpage about training as a psychologist.

Academic requirements for psychology degrees

Universities tend to be flexible about which A-levels, A/S, GNVQ or Scottish Higher subjects are necessary for entry onto psychology degrees, but undergraduates need to be able to handle scientific concepts, be numerate and have developed writing skills.

Biology, mathematics, English, history, economics or similar arts or social science subjects are all useful preparation for a degree course. Maths at the Scottish Standard Grade or at GCSE level, at grades A, B, C, are usually required.

Applying for psychology courses

The number of students applying for psychology courses has risen dramatically in the last few years, which has resulted in higher grades being required to get accepted. A or A/S-level psychology is not required for entry onto degree courses, but many students find that it provides them with insight into the subject and helps them decide if they want do a psychology degree.

Most universities are flexible with their entry requirements, however, you should contact the institution you wish to study at for further information. University courses, whether single, joint or combined honours degrees, tend to be general in content and cover all the main areas of psychology required to go into further training.