Psychology (Applied) National Level 3 Extended Certificate

Course Overview

Entry Qualifications

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*- C or 4 – 9, or equivalent, including a C or 4 in English Language, Maths and two Science GCSEs.

What will I study?

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

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 will I study?

This course really focuses on the vocational aspects of Psychology, so you will find a lot of teaching is based on case studies. There will also be group discussions, case study work, presentations, creation of resources, individual research, role play and so on. You will also be learning lots of theory and practicing answering examination style written questions.

How is the course examined?

This course is assessed by coursework and exams, throughout the course. You will need to be prepared to work independently, conduct research and to write extended pieces of coursework.

External Assessment (exams) – 60% Internal Assessment (coursework) – 40%

Where next?

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.

What does the course combine well with?

Complementary subjects are Sociology, Health & Social Care, Biology and Sport. Students can also take complementary courses such as Science, especially if interested in a career in Psychology or Sport Psychology.


This course is equivalent to one A-Level and has comparable UCAS points.

College Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs, or equivalent, at grade A* – C or 4 – 9 including English Language. Students undertaking a Level 3 ‘hybrid’ programme comprising at least one A Level element are required to meet the standard College A Level criteria.


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