New Directions: Discover what makes people tick….

Courses which enable conversion from one subject to another can be hidden gems if you’re wondering about the possibility of completely transforming your area of knowledge after you’ve graduated from a first degree.

There are a range of courses that provide a means of doing this, from Graduate Diploma conversion courses in areas such as psychology, law  and even landscape architecture, to postgraduate qualifications to train to become a teacher, gain new knowledge in management or computing, or to train to enter professions in town planning, construction, surveying or real estate. Some of these courses include professional qualifications or provide routes to membership of professional bodies.

Through our New Directions series you can discover more about opportunities for graduates to retrain in subjects including teaching, law, construction and surveying, real estate, planning, management, computing and landscape architecture at Birmingham City University.

Our third article of the series looks a conversion option for those seeking to change direction and train to become a Chartered Psychologist….

Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Psychology

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a conversion course offered to looking to pursue a career as a Chartered Psychologist. This conversion course will award Graduate Basis of Chartered Membership (GBC) to the British Psychological Society (BPS) providing that an average of 50% or above has been attained across the programme. GBC is required for entry onto postgraduate training courses in the various chartered divisional psychology areas which are accredited by the BPS.

For entry onto the Graduate Diploma, graduates need to hold 60 credits in relevant Psychology (accredited or non-accredited), or hold a Graduate Certificate in Psychology and have obtained a minimum of a 2:2 in an undergraduate degree (accredited psychology degree holders are excluded). For graduates with a minimum 2:2 degree without the required 60 credits of Psychology, the Graduate Certificate can provide an alternative means to gain a qualification enabling them to go on to take the Graduate Diploma course.

Once GBC has been gained, opportunities to complete a specialist postgraduate degree to qualify in one of the following professional areas of psychology:

  • Clinical psychology
  • Counselling psychology
  • Educational psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Teachers and Researchers in Psychology

Visit the British Psychological Society’s website for more information about careers in psychology.

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