"I decided to do Psychology even before leaving school as I did voluntary work with children with learning difficulties and found I was very interested in how these difficulties were diagnosed and the different teaching strategies such children require. Understanding how and why Psychology can be applied in instances like this was the main attraction of studying at Heriot-Watt where the programme material always encourages application of theory.
"The Psychology department is small compared to other universities I considered, which is another big attraction. Being a small department, there is a really friendly atmosphere and it is easy to approach anyone with any queries and interests. I also like the campus at Riccarton which has a really good atmosphere for new students and is great for getting to know people.
"I feel I have picked up good critical analysis skills from evaluating Psychological theories and concepts, as well as improving my learning techniques, especially how to communicate and motivate others more efficiently. These seem really important abilities to develop and those with a Psychology degree stand a good chance of having most of the core skills that employers are looking for.
"I hope my degree will take me onto further education in Psychology, either an MSc in Clinical Psychology or an Assistant Clinical Psychologist post. Both are quite competitive but I am keen to carry on with a Psychology based career".
The University offers as its normal entry routes:
entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).
There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.
Level 1 entry
HNC A in a relevant HNC. Please contact the Admissions Administrator to discuss further.
Int. Baccalaureate 27 points
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass
Additional information Mathematics is required at least at GCSE grade C/Standard Grade 3 or equivalent.
Level 2 entry
Advanced Highers BB plus ABBBB at Higher
HND BBB in a relevant HND. Please contact the Admissions Administrator to discuss further.
Int. Baccalaureate 32 points
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction
Additional information Mathematics is required at least at GCSE grade B/Standard Grade 2 or equivalent.
Tuition fees for 2014 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales
Paid by SAAS
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.