Applied Psychology

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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.

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 will be on finishing off the unit on psychological research.

Course Essentials

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

PLUS
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

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 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 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. There will be a variety of trips.
Enquiries To
Sophia Smith: scs@varndean.ac.uk