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Applied Psychology (Level 3 Extended Certificate)

Students can choose from an array of fascinating courses exploring the theories and research of mind and behaviour in the Applied Psychology BTEC. If you're fascinated by health, science, and humanities, this course is right for you.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: N
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

Year 1: BTEC National Certificate in Applied Psychology.

Year 2: BTEC National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology.

The Applied Psychology BTEC contains an exciting range of units exploring theories and research into mind and behaviour. If you have an interest in science, health and people, this is the course for you.

You will develop knowledge and understanding of key approaches and theories in psychology and apply them to issues relevant to contemporary society, for example lifestyle choices and unhealthy behaviours such as addiction.

You will learn about the types and characteristics of mental disorders, approaches to treatment and the role of professionals in supporting and promoting mental health. In addition you will study scientific process in psychological research methodology through conducting your own research project.

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol for a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study. To progress to the second year, you will need to demonstrate a Merit grade or above in your first year.

Course topics

Year 1 units:

  • Unit 1: Psychological approaches and applications
  • Unit 2: Conducting psychological research

Year 2 units:

  • Unit 3: Health Psychology

One optional unit:

  • Introduction to psychopathology
  • Criminal and forensic psychology
  • Promoting children’s psychological development
  • Applied sport psychology

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.

Students will be expected to be well organised with writing materials, standard mathematical equipment, calculator and folder.

In Year 1 assessment will consist of 50% controlled, external assessment and 50% coursework.

In Year 2 assessment will consist of 66% external, controlled assessment and 33% coursework. 

The awarding body is Pearson Edexcel.

Further Study

The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission. When it is combined with other relevant qualifications, you can progress to degree courses such as:

  • BSc in Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • BSc in Occupational Health
  • BSc in Education and Child Psychology
  • BSc in Sport Psychology

(Entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers should be checked.)


After progression from a related degree, students can continue to work towards a future as a psychologist and in a range of careers such as roles in the police, health, teaching and marketing.  

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Specialist Medical Practitioners


Specialist Medical Practitioners

Therapy Professionals


Therapy Professionals

Occupational Therapists


Occupational Therapists

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Course Information Last Updated On: February 15, 2024 4:31 pm