I hope all of you got the grades you wanted/needed, and are now ready to start your first year in October! 😀 Are you excited? You should be!
As you still have a month before beginning of term, I’m gonna answer a question I’ve been asked several times during various Open Days: do you need to have taken Psychology A-Levels in order to do well in your first year? And do you need to prepare in any way before you start your course?
The answer is easy: no.
I appreciate that a lot of people are concerned about starting off on the right foot, but that doesn’t mean you have to stress over acquiring knowledge a few weeks before starting your degree! As I might have said before, I didn’t study Psychology during high school. My Italian high school was very different from an English one, and didn’t offer Psychology as a course. I came to university with very little personal knowledge, which I only gained through my Philosophy course and few personal readings. I was just very passionate about Psychology, and keen to learn! And that’s all I needed!
I remember when we were assigned our first essay, I didn’t even know the psychologist I was supposed to write about. But that didn’t stop me from researching him and receiving a good mark! And don’t even get me started on Statistics! 😛 First year is about getting ready, covering the basics, and bringing everyone on the same level. You will learn all this with time, over the course of your first year.
So for now just celebrate your admission to the university and enjoy what’s left of your summer! 🙂