Psychologists study people's behaviour, motivations, thoughts and feelings, to help them overcome or control their problems.

Average salary (a year)

£32,000 Starter


£83,500 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

35 to 40 a week

You could work

9am to 5pm flexibly

How to become a Psychologist

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course


You'll need to complete:

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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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Further information

You'll find more details about training and working in psychology through The British Psychological Society.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • knowledge of psychology
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to understand people‚Äôs reactions
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • you will be expected to use a computer confidently as part of this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks will depend on your specialism. The areas of psychology you could work in include:

  • educational - helping children and young people overcome difficulties and further their educational and psychological development
  • occupational - helping businesses improve their performance and increase employee job satisfaction
  • counselling- helping people resolve their problems and make decisions, particularly at stressful times in their lives
  • neuropsychology - helping patients with brain injuries and diseases to recover or improve their quality of life
  • forensic or criminal - using psychological theory to help investigate crimes, rehabilitate offenders and support prison staff
  • clinical - working with people to help them deal with conditions like anxiety, stress, depression and mental illness
  • sports and exercise - working with individuals, teams and organisations to improve motivation and performance

Working environment

You could work in the community, in a consultation room, at a client's business, at a client's home or in an office.

Your working environment may be emotionally demanding.

Career path and progression

You could specialise further within your branch of psychology or take on a research project leading to a PhD qualification.

You could move also into teaching or research as a career.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Psychologist right now.

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Courses In England

AQA A Level Psychology

  • Provider: Whalley Range 11-18 High School
  • Start date: 01 September 2019
  • Location: Manchester

A Level Psychology

  • Provider: The Bourne Academy
  • Start date: 30 September 2019
  • Location: Bournemouth

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