• How can we use Psychology to explain why people are aggressive? 
  • What can Psychology offer to businesses and organisations to help them market and sell products? 
  • How can Psychology be applied to explaining the differences between males and females?
  • How do Psychologists carry out research and apply their research to explaining human behaviours?


Entry Requirements

Students wishing to study Level 3 Applied Psychology should have 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, with grade 4 or above in English and Maths.


Is this course for me?

  • This certificate is equivalent to half an A Level in the first year, and when continued for a second year a full A Level. 
  • You will sit an externally assessed examination as well as completing an independent supervised research project. 
  • You will need to be organised and committed to discovering how psychologists explain behaviour.


Where does it lead?

This qualification will enable learners to progress to a degree programme chosen from a range of programmes in the health and social care sector. A number of higher education providers (always check specific entry requirements) recognises BTECs. The qualification carries UCAS points equivalent to A-Levels; a merit carries the same number of UCAS points as a C grade with a Distinction being worth the same as an A at A-Level  (see UCAS website for full details).  

The course also supports learners entering direct employment, or via an apprenticeship, in a range of health and social sectors. 
Career pathways that are supported by this course include: 

  • Criminology 
  • Sports coaching 
  • Early Years Child Care and Development 
  • Teaching 
  • Social work


What will I learn?

Unit 1 – [usually studied September – December] Psychological Approaches & Applications 

  • The cognitive approach 
  • The biological Approach
  • The learning approach 
  • The social approach 
  • You will apply all of these approaches to the following questions; 
  • How does psychology apply to organisations and the economy? 
  • How does psychology apply to gender development? 
  • How psychology apply to aggression? 

Unit 2 -  [usually studied January – July] Conducting Psychological Research
This will involve carrying out your own psychological research and reporting upon the process, creating a scientific psychological research report to accompany your practical investigations into human behaviour.


What skills will I develop?

During this course there are opportunities to develop a variety of skills which will be attractive to universities, apprenticeships and the world of work. These skills include;

  • The ability to learn independently 
  • The ability to research actively and methodically 
  • Being able to give presentations and being active group members.
  • Reading technical texts 
  • Effective academic writing 
  • Analytical skills 
  • Preparation for assessment methods used in higher education (examination technique)


How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through a combination of externally assessed examinations and internally assessed coursework units.


What activities can I get involved in?

You learn how to carry out your own psychological research as well as getting to grips with writing scientific reports. 

The Psychology department also has some fantastic enrichment activities including; observing animal behaviour at Chester zoo, a brain dissection with a neurosurgeon, an understanding of evolutionary psychology with a big day experience as well as many more  exciting opportunities to build your CV or UCAS university application.


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