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.
What you'll learn
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
How you'll learn and be assessed
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.