Psychology (Applied)

Psychology is the scientific study of the brain's behaviour. 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 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 exams. Tutors use a variety of teaching techniques such as class discussions, group work and individual research to form the basis of each assignment. These are also supported with outside speakers and opportunities to attend conferences.

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.

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. Students will gain an understanding of the research process and key methods used by researchers to test theories and provide information about the ways in which people think and behave. Students plan and conduct their own investigation.

Year 2

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, including stress and addiction.

UNIT 4: Criminal and Forensic Psychology

Criminal and Forensic Psychology will be taught as the optional unit. Students will explore the different theories used to explain criminal behaviour and the application of criminal and forensic psychology in the criminal justice system.

I chose this course as the teachers were really passionate and I was intrigued by the mix of coursework and exam. It encourages you to evaluate and investigate. Getting to look at how psychological research works has been really interesting and provided valuable skills.

Ellie Webb, Burgess Hill Academy

Course Essentials

Courses Available
Single BTEC Level 3 (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Science
How The Course is Assessed
All units are awarded either Pass, Merit or Distinction. The coursework 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 are taught in total and two of these are externally assessed. External assessment is 58% of the course and 42% is coursework.
Career Pathways

Your BTEC will carry UCAS points towards university. You could also consider employment in any psychology related field or any industry in which a good awareness of human behaviour and interaction is important Employability skills are in the following three main categories:

  • Cognitive and Problem-Solving Skills: using critical thinking, approaching non-routine 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 and to research actively and methodically. The ability to give presentations and be active group members. Students can benefit from deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.
Other Information
To study Psychology at degree level, a grade 5 in GCSE Maths and English is required. Scientific concepts and terminology are essential to this course.
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