Applied Psychology

BTEC Extended Certificate

Applied Psychology

Why should I study this course?

Applied Psychology explores different approaches in Psychology to understand human behaviour.

What will I study?

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 the study of psychology at degree level and beyond remains a very popular choice. You will be introduced to some basic ideas from different approaches in psychology. You will develop an understanding of how psychological research and concepts can explain gender, aggression and consumer behaviour. You will investigate the various ways in which psychologists explain human interactions and you will gain a clear insight into how and why some behaviour occurs.

You will have the opportunity to conduct research as part of your coursework. You will complete your own psychological investigations using standard sector research methodology and examine the application of your findings and the implication for professional practice and provision

You will also study some applied areas of psychology including;

  • Health Psychology: stress and factors that impact on an individual’s health
  • Forensic Psychology: you will study criminal psychologists and their work with patients suffering from mental illnesses.

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How is the course assessed?

  A mixture of exams and coursework

What will the course prepare me for?

This course will prepare you for further study and a career in any career where other people are involved, for example areas such as teaching, social work, counselling, police or medicine.

You will develop your skills in research, analysis, communication and logical thinking which are all valued in a wide variety of degrees and jobs.

Private study

As with most courses at this level, you should expect to complete 4-5 hours independent study working on homework, coursework or assignment tasks each week.

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items: a pen, pencil, ruler and notepad.

How will I be taught?

Lessons are delivered in an interactive environment with lots of varied activities and resources. 

This course is for you if...

If you like science, are open-minded and are interested in the world around you and want a more hands-on way of studying Psychology. 

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What are the course requirements?

Four 9 – 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, including English Language, a Science and Maths.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

You will need to work hard in and out of lessons to develop skills compatible with the course.