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Psychology: Applied Psychology (Extended Certificate)

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind. It aims to explain why we behave the way we do. The Level 3 BTEC National Certificate and Extended Certificate in Psychology is suited to those who do not meet the entry requirements for A Level Psychology and for students who prefer a more modular approach. Students will sit exams in both year 12 and year 13 and will be assessed through external exams and internally assessed coursework units.

Subject content

Over the course of two years, you will study a number of units including:

Psychological Approaches and Applications.

You will be introduced to different approaches in Psychology including the biological and cognitive approach. You will develop an understanding of how psychological approaches, research and concepts can explain gender, aggression and consumer behaviour.

Conducting Psychological Research.

You will gain an understanding of the research process and the key methods used by researchers to test theories that provide information about how people think and behave. You will carry out your own pilot study and learn how to analyse your findings.

Health Psychology.

Here you will explore how psychological theories and studies explain health behaviours; how stress and addiction develop and are maintained; lifestyle choices and health-related behaviours; and how psychology can be used to change behaviour.

Introduction to Psychopathology.

You will be introduced to how psychopathology is differentiated. You will explore how society’s approach to mental illness has changed, for example the move from asylums to community care; causal factors and different approaches to treating mental disorders.

Please visit the awarding body webpage for further course specification


BTEC National Certificates and Extended Certificates are assessed using a combination of internal and external assessments. This qualification is suited to those who prefer less emphasis on external exams. Assessment is 60% examinations and 40% coursework.

Progression opportunities

This course develops skills that are useful in a number of jobs and professions including law, business, medicine, journalism, marketing, advertising, personnel work, management and many more. You can progress to Higher Education to study a variety of courses such as business and marketing, education and health care and also different areas of psychology such as forensic psychology.

Meet the A Level expert

Katie Wood

Katie studied a BSc in Psychology at the University of Sheffield and a PGCE at the University of Huddersfield.

Katie said: “I am an experienced teacher with a BSc in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and a PGCE from the University of Huddersfield. Applied Psychology will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge to the world of work and real life situations.”

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