chapter  1
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Introduction

This chapter aims to explain how to become qualified to practice in the area of professional psychology, right from school until being fully qualified. It provides an idea of how careers in the different areas of psychology can develop over time and how the profession of psychology might change as it continues to develop in the future. The only GCSE subjects that are specifically required by UK universities to study psychology are maths and English. The most common route is to complete an undergraduate degree in psychology that is accredited by the British Psychological Society; a lower 2nd-class degree classification or is required for Graduate Basis for Chartered membership (GBC). For a career in professional psychology, the most important issue is attaining GBC; the subtle differences in the individual course content are far less important. Some psychology programmes offer a “professional placement year” within the degree.