Psychology

A degree in Psychology offers a wide range of career opportunities both in professions related to their subject of study and in other areas.

As a Psychology student, you will develop many transferable skills such as communication, numeracy, critical thinking, research and information technology. These skills are highly valued by employers and will afford you a wide choice of career opportunities.

Whatever you decide to do with your degree it is important to start planning early. This site has been designed to assist you with career planning and to help you market yourself more effectively.

Psychology graduates wishing to pursue a career as a Psychologist have a wide range of options to choose from. Each area of the profession will have its own specific entry routes and requirements. Click on the appropriate link below to check the details on your chosen area of interest. Information also covers sources of vacancies and other relevant contacts.

Vacancy sources

The following links are sources of vacancies within both the general field of psychology and more specific sectors of the profession. Included, also, are a number of more general graduate websites.

Professional bodies

  • Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP)
    26 The Avenue, Durham DH1 4ED
    T: 0191 384 9512
    www.aep.org.uk
  • Barnardo's
    Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 1QG
    T: 020 8550 8822
    www.barnardos.org.uk
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)
    St Andrews House, 48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR
    T: 0116 254 9568
    www.bps.org.uk
  • Division of Counselling Psychology (DCOP)
  • UCAS Teacher Training (Postgraduate Teacher Training)
    Rose Hill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Glos GL52 3LZ
    T: 0371 468 0 469 (Outside UK: +44 330 3330 231)
    www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training
  • HM Prison Service
    Headquarters, Cleland House, Page Street, London SW1P 4LN
    www.hmprisonservice.gov.uk
  • Home Office
    Direct Communications Unit, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF
    T: 020 7035 4848
    www.homeoffice.gov.uk
  • Local Government Employers
    Local Government House, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HZ
    T: 020 7187 7373
    www.lge.gov.uk
  • National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
    169 Clapham Road, London SW9 0PU
    T: 020 7582 6500
    www.nacro.org.uk
  • The National Autistic Society
    Head Office, The National Autistic Society, 393 City Road, London EC1V 1NG
    T: 020 7833 2299
    www.nas.org.uk
  • National Probation Service of England and Wales
    National Probation Directorate, 1st Floor Abell House, John Islip Street, London SW1P 4LH
    www.probation.homeoffice.gov.uk
  • Probation Board for Northern Ireland
    80-90 North Street, Belfast BT1 1LD
    T: 028 9026 2400
    www.pbni.org.uk
  • Scottish Prison Service
    Calton House, 5 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH12 9HW
    T: 0131 244 8745
    www.sps.gov.uk
  • Skills for Care and Development
    Albion Court, 5 Albion Place, Leeds LS1 6JL
    T: 0113 245 1716
    www.skillsforcare.org.uk
  • Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)
    Portland House, Bressenden Place, London SW1E 5TT
    T: 0870 4960 123
    www.tda.gov.uk