Psychology spans virtually all aspects of human life and allows us seek answers to questions such as:
- What effects do different drugs have on behaviour?
- How do children develop a sense of self and relationships with others?
- What effect does our mood have on our ability to remember information?
- How can we understand mental disorders and help people cope with their illnesses?
- When and why do people and animals help others in need?
- What are the roots of prejudice and discrimination and what can be done to resolve intergroup conflict?
By defining and investigating these and other questions, psychologists aim to provide practical solutions to the many personal and social challenges that people face in their everyday live
Foreign language options with this course
There are options to study a language as part of this course. The following option(s) may be selected:
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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This course will accept Any QQI Level 5 or 6 Major Award as an entry requirement.
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
Careers open to you with a degree in Psychology include;
- Clinical Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
- Sports Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Counselling Psychology
- Psychological Research
Psychology graduates go into a range of careers on graduation. Many become professional psychologists having careers in clinical, educational or occupational psychology.
Psychology graduates also pursue careers in research in universities, the public service and voluntary sector. Others use their psychology degree as a graduate basis for careers in other areas such as personnel, education and computing.