You'll need to complete:
- a psychology degree accredited by The British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC)
- work experience in the specialism you want to work in
- a BPS accredited postgraduate qualification in your chosen specialism
Once you've got a psychology degree or you've completed a conversion course, you can then specialise in a particular area of psychology like educational or forensic psychology.
There's a lot of competition for places on the postgraduate training programmes. To be accepted you'll usually need:
- a first (1st) or upper second-class (2:1) honours degree accredited by BPS
- evidence of your research skills
- relevant paid or voluntary work experience, often a minimum of 12 months, in a job like psychology assistant
If you have a degree in a different subject, you may be able to complete a BPS-approved conversion course.
The degree or conversion course will lead to chartered membership of the BPS. You'll then be able to register with the Health and Care Professions Council and work under the title of psychologist.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study