Applied Psychology BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour.  It is useful for a wide range of careers and touches on virtually every aspect of life.


  • Key assumptions and concepts for cognitive, social, learning and biological approaches in psychology

  • Application of psychological assumptions to explain contemporary issues of aggression in society.  The use of psychology in business to explain and influence consumer/employee behaviour.  Application of psychology to explain gender identity
  • Different psychological approaches to mental health, stress and addictive behaviours, including smoking, alcohol, gambling and shopping

  • Application of psychological assumptions to treating and management of mental health, stress and addiction
  • The practice of psychological research, including designing and carrying out research 

How will it be delivered?

Unit 1 : Psychological Approaches and Applications
25% of marks
Externally assessed 

Unit 2 : Conducting Psychological Research 
25% of marks
Internally assessed 

Unit 3 : Heath Psychology 
33.3% of marks
Externally assessed 

Unit 4 : Introduction to Psychopathology
16.7% of marks
Internally assessed 

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at grades 9-4 in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Your next steps...

BTEC Psychology can lead into higher education to study Psychology specifically or more general higher education courses.  With further training you could go into employment related to Psychology such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist.  You could also go straight into employment as this BTEC is a widely recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.