Leeds School of Social Sciences
Where can a Psychology degree take you?
The BSc Hons Psychology degree at Leeds Beckett allows you to study a dynamic subject whilst gaining a broad range of employability skills that span both the arts and sciences.
What career options are open to me?
Because our course is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), you will be eligible for the Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC) after graduation. If you want to become a Chartered Psychologist, then obtaining GBC is the first step as this is a requirement for many postgraduate programmes.
Many students go on to study at a postgraduate level, in areas such as educational, forensic, health, occupational, clinical, counselling and sport and exercise psychology. At Leeds Beckett, you can choose to study a PhD in Psychology.
Of course, not all psychology graduates want to become a psychologist and go on to work in a different field. Our psychology graduates have used their skills to enter careers in a wide range of industries, including social and health services, industry and government agencies, the media, computing and information technology, teaching, marketing, personnel and human resource management, as well as training on graduate schemes. A few examples of what our graduates have gone on to are:
- Business Consultant – Charlton Morris
- Future Leader - Operations – Covea Insurance
- Visual Merchandiser – H&M
- Mental Health Social Worker – Think Ahead
- Clinical Support Worker – NHS
- Research Analyst – TLF
- Mental Health Support Worker – Hulme Hall
- Student Mental Health Nurse – University of Leeds
- Recruitment Consultant – Verrus
- Lead Teacher of Psychology – Temple Moor High School
- Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner - NHS
What kind of skills will I gain?
Psychology graduates are highly valued by employers in both the public and private sectors for the range of skills they develop whilst completing their degree. Some of the skills you will gain are:
Written and verbal communication – through writing reports, creating and delivering presentations and group discussions
Handling data and statistics – through both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and analysing data from research studies
Critical thinking - through group work in seminars, reflective report writing and exploring psychological theories
Team work – through working in groups for presentation assignments and in seminar activities
Organisation and planning – planning group work, research studies and your own workload
IT skills – from using Microsoft Office programmes for assessments, e-tools to locate appropriate research literature, using specialist software and the collection and analysis of data
Will I gain any practical experience on the course?
In the second year, all students take part in a of minimum 2 weeks work experience. After completion, you will reflect back on the work-related experience as part of the module assessment for Individual Differences and Work Behaviour. The reflection completed in the assessment highlights real life situations where you have used your skills, which can then be added to your CV or used as examples at interviews.