Psychology Applied Certificate

Psychology is the study of the relationship between behaviour, people, mental processes and the brain. Applied Psychology is the application of this knowledge in order to better understand how we function in our everyday life, how our brain can be ‘tricked’ to respond to certain situations and how to approach mental health issues. This course will enable you to develop your knowledge of the as well as the application of skills that will prepare you for further study, training or employment.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


A Level


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 02142y1 12/09/22 04/07/23

What will I study?

In year 1, you will cover content of two Units. In Unit 1, you will be introduced to the four main psychological approaches and their applications to contemporary issues in society. In Unit 2, you will learn about psychological research methods, and you will gain experience and skills necessary to conduct your own psychological research.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

No extra specific entry requirements.,Our general entry requirements to study 3 A-Levels or any mixed level 3 programme are: 5 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and/or Maths at grade 5. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply. Our general entry requirements to study 4 A-Levels are: 6 GCSEs grade 4-9 including English Language and Maths at grade 6. Subject specific entry criteria may also apply.

How will I be assessed?

Content of Unit 1 will be assessed through an external written exam of 1 hour and 30 minutes, marked by external examiners. The paper is 72 marks, and it is divided into three sections each with 24 marks.

Unit 2 is assessed through an internal assessment; you will produce two written reports based on an assessment brief. This will include a scenario where you can apply your knowledge of psychological research in an applied setting, conduct your own study in an area of psychology and report the findings in the style of a scientific paper. This assessment is marked by your teacher.

What can I do after completing this course?

You can progress to year 2 of the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate, where you will build on your knowledge of Unit 1 and cover Unit 3 health psychology. Here you will explore theories and studies related to lifestyle choices, healthy and unhealthy behaviours. You will also develop knowledge and understanding of psychopathology, mental disorders and approaches to treatment in the final Unit, Introduction to Psychopathology.

This qualification will enable you to progress to a wide range of possible employment following further study at degree level. It carries UCAS points and, when combined with other qualifications within a two-year programme, it is recognised by Higher Education providers as contributing to admission requirements to many relevant psychology courses. Some universities that support this qualification are: Bournemouth University, Coventry University, University of Chichester, University of Huddersfield, University of Wolverhampton.