Applied Psychology (A Level equivalent)
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes with a goal to describe, predict and explain behaviour. While psychology literally translates to ‘the study of the human mind’ – it is more than this. Psychology is everywhere around us. It is intriguing, it is emotional, it is scientific and above all, it is thought provoking. BTEC Psychology will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways.
The BTEC Certificate in Applied Psychology (alongside two other subjects) is a full-time, two-year programme for students aged 16+. It is equivalent to one full A Level and has UCAS points widely recognised by universities and employers. This course provides an excellent introduction to psychology and helps students develop skills and confidence they will need to study psychology at a higher level.
Psychology combines well with other subjects such as Criminology, BTEC law, Religious Studies, Media, Film and Photography.
Teaching is delivered by a variety of methods such as small group work, presentations, independent research, and case studies. You will be assessed by: External examinations Internally set assignments *Externally set projects and tasks applied to a workplace.
All students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.
What areas will I study?
In the first year of the course, students will study the Certificate in psychology. In the second year, students will study the Extended Certificate in Psychology.
Three mandatory units:
- Psychological approaches and applications – external exam
- Conducting psychological research – internal assessment
- Health psychology – external exam
One optional unit from the following:
- Criminal & forensic psychology
- Promoting children’s psychological development
- Introduction to psychopathology
- Applied sport psychology