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Applied Psychology - Level 3 BTEC Certificate

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Useful Information

The course provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare for further study or training in a psychology based career.

Three mandatory units include applications of psychological approaches, health psychology and research methods. There is one optional unit in year 2 that links to more applied occupational areas such as forensic psychology, child’s development, psychopathology and sports psychology.

Course Overview
Students will learn about the social, biological, cognitive and learning approaches in psychology. You will learn key studies and theories within psychology and apply knowledge to specific areas of society including aggression, consumer/employee behaviour and gender identity. Students will also study research methods and complete a piece of coursework/research which will develop skills of investigation, problem-solving, analysis and creative development.

Course Highlights

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. There will be the opportunity to visit the Bethlem Royal Hospital and Bethlem Museum of the Mind at the end of year one. There is no requirement for a work experience placement although students are encouraged to seek meaningful experience and/or volunteer experience to aid their career progression.

Career Opportunities & Further Study
This qualification gives students transferable knowledge and skills that prepares for university degrees. When taken alongside other A Levels and BTEC Level 3 qualifications (such as Sport and Exercise Science, Health and Social Care or Applied Science) students can progress onto degress in psychology, teaching and education, counselling, health, sport and psychology and criminology.


The course is assessed via exam (50%) and coursework (50%).

The exam board for this course is Pearson EDEXCEL.

Entry Requirements

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students must also gain the additional GCSE grade:

  • Grade 4 in Science and Grade 4 in English

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