Applied Psychology Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour.

The Applied Psychology BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand and apply the principles and theories of psychology, in real life.

This two year programme is a brand new psychology qualification and is supported by many university as equivalent to one A Level.

The main difference between the A Level and the BTEC is how they are assessed. The BTEC still has two exams but you also do a piece of research and some internal assessments. The BTEC focuses more on practical application of psychology and is less focused on exams than the A Level and thus will suit those wanting to pursue a more applied line of work.

You will study the different approaches in psychology, do your own small study while learning about research methods, health psychology and psychopathology.

Psychology is a challenging choice but is an interesting and useful subject and excellent preparation for university.

Psychology is a popular choice at Farnham and students do well on this course. Psychology covers a wide range of interesting subjects, for example attachment and its links to day-care, memory and its links into criminal justice, stress and psychopathology and forensic psychology, which looks at criminal profiling, to name a few.

All students take three core units:

  • Psychological Approaches and Applications
  • Conducting Psychological Research
  • Health Psychology

You will also take one optional unit such as:

  • Criminal and Forensic Psychology
  • Promoting Children’s Psychological Development
  • Introduction to Psychopathology
  • Applied Sport Psychology

Research, discussion, writing and reading.

Homework: There will be regular mandatory assignments which will be set regularly and all students are expected to complete and hand in on a prearranged date.

Level 3 courses earn you UCAS points allowing you to take on HND/ HNC or honours degrees. Students can go into careers such as teaching, early years education, sports coaching and many more.

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths, English Language and a Science-based subject.

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