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Linking London NNCO Spotlight on Psychology

This was the third subject specific NNCO event of the academic year, and focused on the Psychological sector of Higher Education. Attendees heard about course specifications, entry requirements, graduate job prospects and related courses.


After an introduction and welcome from Emily Harber, NNCO Project Officer, practitioners took part in a Psychology quiz designed to put the subject in context. Lucy Jenks, Outreach Project Officer at Goldsmiths, University of London, then provided an introduction to Goldsmiths’ Psychology department, and two current undergraduate students spoke about their course experiences. The different areas of Psychological research were explained, with the most popular branch identified as Clinical Psychology. Entry requirements were stated, and the student demographic was discussed, as was professional accreditation.

Goldsmith’s BSc in Psychology and BA in Psychosocial studies were compared. The Psychology course is BPS accredited and is Goldsmith’s most competitive degree. Personal statements and references are of great importance during application. Candidates are rarely interviewed, and applicants should stress their understanding of the scientific nature of the course in their application. In contrast, Psychosocial Studies interviews all candidates and takes work experience into account. This course is more literature based and contains fewer exam assessments.

Sharon Charabi, Psychology Lecturer at Newham College University Centre, gave a presentation on the HE in FE provision available at her institution. As a smaller institution tuition is more personalised with no more than 20 people in each seminar, and one-to-one tutorials available. Their Psychology course is BPS accredited, and all their degrees are validated by the Open University. Student applicants do not have to go through UCAS – they can apply directly to Newham, and applications are accepted twice a year.

Newham have their own diagnostic criteria based on interviews, Maths / English tests and personal statements. A current Newham Psychology student gave delegates an account of his current student experience at the university centre.  Attendees queried the availability of taster days, and Sharon said although they do not currently have any planned, the team would be happy to arrange taster days on request.

Delegates then heard from Clare Press, Head of the Psychology Department at Birkbeck, University of London, on the Psychology courses Birkbeck offer, the potential academic paths they can progress through, and the study options available.

Subject specific learning support is offered, and previous students have had dissertations published in academic journals, and had opportunities for lab work experience. The Psychology BSc is the most popular course at Birkbeck, is BPS accredited, and has a mixed demographic of mature and young learners. Students can study the BSc full or part time.

A panel session with the presenters followed, which provided attendees with the chance to discuss access to Careers services, personal statement composition, graduate progression and vocational entry into Psychology. Emily Harber closed the session with an introduction to Linking London NNCO’s newly launched adviser website HECAIL (Higher Education College Advisers in London).

Presentations from the day:

Lucy Jenks (Dr Gustav Kuhn) - Goldsmiths, University of London

Clare Press, Birkbeck, University of London

Emily Harber - Linking London


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