• Question: to be a developmental psychologist what skills and qualifications do you require? can anyone become one?

    Asked by ailhep123 to Tim, Damien, Rachael, Simon, Suzi on 16 Jun 2011. This question was also asked by justiekeeling7.
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      Tim Fosker answered on 14 Jun 2011:

      Hi @ailhep123

      An interest is children’s development (or human development in general) is a must! Also being interested in people’s behaviour is important. If you have the interest then you just have to do a psychology degree and then a PhD looking at development.

      Different universities require different A-level grades and sometimes specific subjects to get on to a psychology degree. It is a good idea to work hard at all your science subjects and maths because they all come in useful.

      I hope that answers your question.

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      Suzi Gage answered on 16 Jun 2011:

      Hi @ailhep123 and @justiekeeling7
      I think Tim has covered this well, and he’s the expert, but you don’t need all your A-Levels to be science to get in to Uni to do Psychology. I did Psychology and my A-Levels were Maths, Biology, English and Music. I thought about doing all the sciences and maths but decided I would need some other subjects to help me stay interested during my A-Levels and give me some variety. English was great and I’m really glad I did it, as it helped my writing skills, which is useful as a scientist as you need to write papers to explain your findings to other people.

      Hope this helps!