Applied Psychology BTEC Extended Certificate

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Applied Psychology
Code THS5
Qualification Type National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


Applied Psychology is extremely useful for most careers, because of the thinking skills it develops and the research opportunities it creates. Many Psychology students move on into Higher Education, where the subjects supports all degrees, but especially those in the health care sector, science, as well as in Psychology itself.

Graduate recruiters are particularly interested in employing those with a Psychology background.  

The specification complements other post 16 courses, such as Health and Social Care, Sports Studies and Applied Science. Psychology is usually appealing to students with a strong English and History background due to the similar study and essay writing skills employed. There is also a mathematics element so students will need a Level 4 or above in GCSE Maths or Science. Psychology students often choose careers in the public sector, such as health and social care, teaching and policing and in the media, as Pscyhology equips learns with a critical understanding of society.   



BTEC Extended Certificte (2 year course) Equivalent in size to one A Level.

  • Unit 1: Psychological approaches and applications.
  • Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research
  • Unit 3: Health Psychology
  • Unit 4: Optional Unit. 

How will it be delivered?

Four units of which three are mandatory and two are external.

Mandatory content 83%.

External assessment 58%

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course a student should have at least 5 GCSE's at Grade 4.

Strong essay writing skills are essential and whilst it is not absolute requirement, most students would be expected to have a GCSE minimum Grade 5 in English Language.

Students are expected to have a wider interest in and take a curiosity about how society functions.  GCSE Citizenship at Grade 4 or above would benefit students taking this course.     

Your next steps...

This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements to many relevant psychologoy courses.

It could lead into teaching, police, marketing, human resources, social work etc.