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Applied Psychology

Social Science
Type of Qualification:
BTEC - National Extended Certificate
Exam Board:
Grade 4 in Maths, Science, English

Course Content

Psychology is the scientific study of minds and behaviour. As such, it is a part of our everyday lives. An understanding of human behaviour is fundamental to many jobs in society and these areas are explored in depth in the course.

Students will explore how psychological research is carried out as well as understanding the different psychological approaches including cognitive, biological and behavioural ideas. They will also investigate the causes of addiction and stress as well as explore treatment methods for a range of mental health conditions.

Course Requirement: An interest and passion for learning about people and desire to debate and discuss different view points. A minimum of a 4 in Science, English and Maths.

Style Of Assessment

Mandatory Units

1 – Psychological Approaches and Application (External Assessment)

2 – Psychological Research (Internal Assessment)

3 – Health Psychology (External Assessment)

Optional Units

(Internal assessment) – Choose 1 unit out of the following:

  • Sports Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Child Development


Students are assessed through written exams and project work as well as detailed pieces of course work and reports.

Whose kind of course?

This course is designed for students who wish to continue post-16 education through applied learning in the psychology sector, with the aim to progress to higher education. There are opportunities to develop employability skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, adaptability and self-development.

The course suits students who work well independently and enjoy learning about human interaction and child development as well as more specialised areas such as sports psychology and criminology.

Career Prospects

The subjects and transferable skills taught in BTEC Applied Psychology directly relate to the world of work and would give you a competitive advantage in psychology careers. Some options would include Child Care, Counselling, Mental Illness Work, Health Care, Teaching and Education, Sports Psychology/Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy, Management, Biology, Work in the Criminal Justice Sector.

The independent study skills developed on this course are advantageous for higher education due to the level of independent research required.