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BSc Psychology, Childhood and Ageing – University of Reading

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  • This specialism allows a focus on the study of child development and changes throughout the lifespan

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BSc Psychology, Childhood and Ageing C805

Explore the mind as it develops and disintegrates, what can harm it, what can make it excel, how it can be maintained.

Course Overview

Psychology is the science of behaviour and experience and psychologists seek to explain why people act, perceive, think and feel as they do, social and biological developments in the early years can have a great effect on the duration of an individual's quality of life. You will have access to a staff of internationally-renowned experts with experience in psychology centred round childhood and aging. This specialism provides you with a good background for further training and careers in education and the caring professions with both adults and children.

This programme is accredited by the British Psychology Society and will qualify you for further training as a professional psychologist.

School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences

With over 80 years of experience, we are world leaders in teaching, research and training. The international research standing of the School is based on a world class contribution to psychology and neuroscience in a number of areas, with the bridge between neuroscience and clinical disorders being a common theme to much of our work. The School comprises the Department of Psychology, the Department of Clinical Language Sciences, the Charlie Waller Institute and the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics.

The Department of Psychology has a long-standing reputation for excellence in experimental psychology, perception, learning, memory and skilled performance. In more recent years, research has strengthened in the field of developmental psychology, neuroscience, ageing, virtual reality and behaviour change. There are also opportunities presented throughout our undergraduate degrees for work placements and experience.

Career prospects

Our degree course will train you in all aspects of modern psychology and qualify you for further training as a professional psychologist. A degree from Reading should help you to develop important general transferable skills such as the ability to report on projects, analyse data, evaluate evidence, present your findings and adapt to research-led developments, which will be of value whatever your chosen career.

The major career fields in the profession of psychology are: Clinical, Educational, Health, Occupational, Counselling, Forensic, Lecturing/Teaching, and Research. However, a degree in psychology gives you access to a wide range of other career choices. You can use your psychology training in personnel management, social work or market research.

For our joint degree graduates, the options are wide and varied. Career opportunities for mathematics graduates include companies and research institutes that use mathematics directly, management services and computing. Whilst, biology graduates are in demand by industry, pharmaceutical research and development, and in education. Skills acquired by psychology and philosophy students can be widely applied in a range of professions including banking, business and management, local government and politics. For art and psychology graduates opportunities include artist, art therapy, teaching, art writing and criticism, journalism and publishing.

Funding opportunities

There are a range of funding opportunities available for home, EU and international students. You may be able to apply for a scholarship or bursary to help fund your undergraduate course at Reading. See our fees and funding page for more information.

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2015 entry requirements

Typical offer

AAA–AAB from three A levels. Some preference is given for science A levels (including Psychology).

International Baccalaureate

35–37 points overall.

Other information

Deferred entry available.

2014 entry requirements

Typical offer

AAB from 3 A level subjects.

Some preference given to Science A levels (including Psychology).

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall.

GCSE

Grade C in Science (or equivalent) is required.

Other information

Deferred entry available.

Fees & costs

Course feesMore information about course fees

New UK/EU students – £9000
New international students – £16500

Living costsMore information about living costs

At least £180 per week, but varies depending on lifestyle.

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