Applied Psychology at Varndean College


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.

Studying Applied Psychology at Varndean will give you the opportunity to explore the theoretical, methodological and vocational context of Psychology

This course is perfect if you prefer a combination of coursework and external exams it will enable you to explore topics in breadth and depth. 58% examination. 42% coursework. This is equivalent to one A Level.

Year 1
UNIT 1 Psychological Approaches and Applications:

Some basic ideas from different approaches in psychology will be introduced. Students will develop an understanding of how psychological research and concepts can explain gender identity, aggression and consumer behaviour. In this unit, 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.

UNIT 2 Conducting Psychological Research:

In this unit, students will learn about the importance of research in psychological inquiry and about the types of research that take place. Students will gain an understanding of the research process and the key methods used extensively by researchers to test theories and provide information about the ways in which people think and behave. Students will learn how to plan and conduct their own investigation.

UNIT 3 Health Psychology:

Students will learn about the psychological and behavioural processes in health, illness, and health care. This unit is concerned with understanding how psychological, behavioural, and cultural factors contribute to physical health and illness.

Year 2

One Optional Unit from the list below will be taught;

  • Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychopathology
  • Applied Sport Psychology

Additionally, the focus will be on finishing off the unit on psychological research.

Course Essentials

COURSES AVAILABLE
BTEC Level 3
STANDARD ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
All units are awarded either Pass, Merit or Distinction. The assignment and external exam marks are added together to give you your overall grade, eg a Merit overall is equivalent to a C at A Level. Four units of which three are compulsory and two of these are external assessed. Compulsory content (83%). External assessment (58%).
WHAT CAN I DO ONCE I'VE FINISHED THIS COURSE?
You can go to University as your BTEC will count as UCAS points. Students can apply for degrees such as Psychology, Sociology, Law, Marketing and Criminology You could also consider employment in any field which is psychology related or any industry in which a good awareness of human behaviour and interaction is important
CAREER PATHWAYS

Employability skills are in the following three main categories:

  • Cognitive and Problem-Solving Skills: using critical thinking, approaching nonroutine problems applying expert and creative solutions, using systems and technology
  • Interpersonal Skills: communicating, working collaboratively, negotiating and influencing, self-presentation
  • Intrapersonal Skills: self-management, adaptability and resilience, self-monitoring and development.
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
  • The ability to learn independently
  • The ability to research actively and methodically
  • The ability to give presentations and be active group members.
  • Students can also benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.
  • The course provides a vocational context in which students can develop the knowledge and skills required for degree courses
OTHER INFORMATION
The entry requirement for studying Psychology at degree level at University is a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English. Scientific concepts and terminology are essential to this course. There will be a variety of trips and visits. These may include trips to the theatre to see relevant plays, observation of animal behaviour and conferences in London.
ENQUIRIES TO
Jasbinder Badesha: jb@varndean.ac.ukk