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Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 24th 2012, 09:15 PM

I mean, academically. I presumed yes but my dad is saying no I'm doing GCSE Psychology and I.C.T. in September. I have a C grade in English and Maths. I thought that if I pass Psychology next year I would have an English GCSE, a maths GCSE and a Science GCSE (which is what people look for)

Is it considered a Science? I've googled it and some are saying yes and others are saying no

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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 24th 2012, 09:32 PM

Even if it does count as a science it shouldn't.

But with GCSEs I think what people look for is a GCSE in science, not in A science.
   
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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 24th 2012, 09:55 PM

In the United States, it's considered a SOCIAL science, which is different from a science subject. There are certainly scientific aspects to psychology; however, it wouldn't necessarily be considered a "science" along with biology, chemistry, etc.





   
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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 24th 2012, 10:01 PM

As fair as I know its classed as a Social Science. But say you were going on to do nursing at Uni and they asked for 5 GCSEs including maths, English and science, I don't think psychology would come under a science from my experience.


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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 24th 2012, 10:26 PM

Well, that sucks.

I'd like to do a degree in Psychology at one point so I shouldn't be at a complete disadvantage.


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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 24th 2012, 10:35 PM

For a GCSE it isn't considered Science. Generally a Science GCSE is Biology, Physics or Chemistry so if you wanted to go to university and they asked for Maths, English and Science then it wouldn't count.

If you were to do a degree in it then it would be a BSc (Bachelor of Science) though.

If you don't want to take a GCSE in a Science subject but still want to study Psychology at university then you can do an access/foundation year which would let you study it without having to do another GCSE. Local colleges might offer this or you might even be able to do it with distance learning.
   
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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 25th 2012, 04:01 AM

I consider psychology to be social science as opposed to science. The reason for the discrepancy is certain specialized areas of psychology are science, such as neuroscience. On the other hand, these specialized areas are sometimes considered to be on their own, thus psychology is a social science. When I was applying for my Masters, some universities included neuroscience as a sub-field in psychology and biology. The difference being for the former, the focus was more toward cognitive psychology and the "mind", whereas for the latter, the focus was toward understanding the physiology of the nervous system in relation to bodily responses and behaviour, electrophysiology, effects from injury or infectious diseases, etc... .

My interest lies in the latter, so I consider psychology to be a social science.


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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 26th 2012, 08:58 PM

Like the others have said, Psychology is a social science - however it does have aspects of biology in it, so maybe you could take GCSE Biology along with your psych course? They would really complement each other well.

Like Cara said, you can take access courses at Uni if you don't have science qualifications, but they can be quite difficult from what I've heard. You could try contacting a few different Universities to ask them about what they think.

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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 26th 2012, 09:02 PM

It depends on your school. My school considers psychology as social studies, but I do know schools that allow it as a science credit.
   
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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 26th 2012, 11:22 PM

I don't think it counts because it's far more subjective than biology, chemistry or physics. Although psychology draws on a lot of biological evidence, it's more theoretical than it is empirical. So I'm afraid a lot of places will see it as too subjective to be considered a real science.




   
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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 27th 2012, 01:13 PM

As a new psychology student, no it isn't a science. It's considered a pseudoscience in some circles because it's lack of always having a definite answer.


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Re: Is Psychology considered a Science? - August 27th 2012, 06:44 PM

Well, technically you can study psycology for a BA or a BSc at university, so it depends which areas of psychology you focus on...

BUT as other people have said above, when a university asks for 'science', it means in either 'science', 'science and additional science' or the individual biology/chemistry/physics GCSEs. Sorry
   
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