5 Top Tips for Approaching Psychology During Clearing

Clearing can be a daunting prospect for anyone, whether your grades were above or below expectations, whether you have had a change of heart or a spark of inspiration. There is time and opportunity for you to research and react.

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Lecturers and staff will be on hand from 6:30am on results day on Thursday 15th to guide you through any questions and information you may need support with. Elizabeth Bates, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at University of Cumbria and Julie Taylor, Principal Lecturer in lifelong and Interprofessional Learning have provided their guidance on how to approach the prospect of Psychology during clearing.

     1. DON'T PANIC

It can be a really a challenging time no matter how you have come to the conclusion that you should consider Clearing, but first thing, don’t panic. There are lots of options available, and plenty of time to think about them. Many institutions like the University of Cumbria have still got spaces available on a variety of courses including Psychology, where we proudly ranked 1st in the North West for Psychology in the Guardian League tables 2019.

     2. SHOP AROUND

It can be overwhelming and you may at this time to follow impulse and be tempted to take the first place offered in Clearing. Spend time shopping around, like you would for any big decision, you need to find the perfect fit for you. Try to attend Open days or arrange a visit so you can get a feel for the place and the environment in which you’ll be working and living – as sometimes when you find the right place, you just know, and a campus or city can make a huge difference.

Attend one of our Open day events available across all 5 of our campuses Saturday 17th August. You can come and chat to a member of the Psychology team, and have a tour of the campus, ask about accommodation, find out about finances and ask any more questions you might have.

      3. CREATE A BANK OF QUESTIONS

Before you call any university, think about what you want to know in order to get the most out of your conversation. Consider what is important to you from both the perspective of your course through to the University offering. Common questions within Psychology that we are happy to go through in further detail with you when you get in touch include:

  • What is the difference between Psychology and Applied Psychology?

“Both courses at the University of Cumbria are BPS accredited by the British Psychological Society, so the core curriculum for both courses is the same. The difference comes in the additional and optional modules that you would undertake. Our Psychology programme takes a traditional approach to studying the subject and focuses on theoretical, experimental, and advanced research approaches. Our Applied Psychology programme has options that allow you to explore how we use psychology in the real world, for example in forensic, clinical, and health psychology settings.

  • What jobs are there within the field?

As a degree, it leaves you with a range of skills and attributes that lend themselves to careers in health education and promotion, counselling, social work, teaching, organisational behaviour, human resources, and prison or probation work..

  • What postgraduate options do you have? 

"We have a full suite of MSc Psychology programmes that you would be eligible for after completing your degree. Through further postgraduate training it is possible to pursue professional psychology careers in clinical, forensic, sport, educational, health or a variety of other specialist areas – see the BPS careers page for more information.

  • What support do you offer? 

"We will support you in whatever way we can both within the psychology team and you are assigned a personal tutor on Day 1 of induction week. Classes are generally of a size that allows you to get to know us and us to get to know you, you are not just a number to us at University of Cumbria"

Remember these questions could be key in helping you make the right decision for your future aspirations.

     4. TAKE YOUR TIME TO DECIDE

At University of Cumbria the Clearing lines allow us to be here to help with any questions you may have so we can help you think about what is best for you. 

It can be helpful to talk to your friends and family, explore the websites and social media accounts, basically, find out as much as you need and what are the most important things you are looking for, to ensure you are making the right decision for you.

     5. REMEMBER TO SEARCH FOR ACCREDIDATION 

In the UK, to train as a professional Psychologist in the future, you need to make sure your degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society(BPS). So you should remember to consider relevant accreditation while searching, as it could be crucial for your future career and development. Great news, all our courses in Psychology are accredited by the BPS, including:

BSc (Hons) Psychology

BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology

- BSc (Hons) Criminology and Applied Psychology

To find out more visit https://www.cumbria.ac.uk or call to talk directly to one of the team.