Applied Psychology

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 external exams with 58% examination, 42% coursework. 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. 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

Criminal and Forensic Psychology will be taught as the optional unit. Additionally, the focus wil be on finishing off the unit on psychological research.

Course Essentials

Courses Available
BTEC Level 3
Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE Maths and Science
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%).
Career Pathways

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

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 and to research actively and methodically. The ability to give presentations and be active group members. Students can benefit from opportunities for deep learning where they are able to make connections among units and select areas of interest for detailed study.
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.
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