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Applied Psychology Level 3 - Extended Certificate

Level 3
BTEC Extended Certificate
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Throughout the course, you will delve into various psychological theories, concepts, and practical research methods. By studying real-life scenarios and engaging in interactive hands-on activities, you will develop a deep understanding of the factors that shape human behaviour and the impact they have on individuals and society. 

Course Objectives:  

  • Develop knowledge of how psychological approaches explain behaviour  
  • Understand the scientific process of research from concept to completion 
  • Explore how behaviours and lifestyle choices affect health and wellbeing, such as alcohol misuse, smoking, and gambling 
  • Gain insights into different explanations for criminality and analyse possible treatments. 

Course Outcomes:  

  • Apply your knowledge to real life scenarios, including aggression, advertising and gender 
  • Plan, prepare, and complete your own research study  
  • Explain why individuals engage in behaviours that impact on health and criminal behaviours and potential solutions. 

Key information

  • Seven GCSEs grade C or above, including Mathematics, English Language, and Science
  • A keen interest in human behaviour, strong analytical skills, and good written and verbal communication abilities are essential 
  • No prior knowledge of psychology is required, as this course will provide you with a solid foundation in the subject.


Year 1: 

Psychological Approaches and Applications – Externally Assessed Exam 

Conducting Psychological Research - Three Internally Assessed Assignments 

Grading Criteria:  

  • Exam: 50%  
  • Assignments: 50%  

Year 2:  

Health Psychology – Externally Assessed Exam 

Criminal and Forensic Psychology - Three Internally Assessed Assignments 

Grading Criteria:  

  • Exam: 50%  
  • Assignments: 50%  

Completing the BTEC Applied Psychology course opens up exciting pathways for further study and future careers. With a solid foundation in psychology, you can pursue further study in higher education courses such as a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or related fields. This qualification also provides a springboard to a range of careers where understanding human behaviour is valued, including counselling, social work, market research, and human resources. 

Moreover, this course enhances transferable skills highly sought after by employers, such as critical thinking, problem solving, research, and communication skills. The knowledge and abilities gained through the BTEC Applied Psychology course will empower you to make informed decisions and thrive in a variety of academic and professional settings.