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Applied Psychology BTEC Level 3 (A Level equivalent)

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. It is an interesting subject that can help you understand why people think, feel and behave in the way that they do.


This course provides an exciting opportunity to find out about different areas of psychology. You will learn how psychological theory and psychological research is applied to real world situations and problems to produce practical solutions.


A level students will study a two year linear A Level programme. At the end of their 1st year, students will sit internally assessed exams.


Please note that this course must be part of an A Level study programme (i.e. it cannot be taken on its own as a vocational subject).

Exam Board: Pearson


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  • What will I study and learn?
    There are 2 units in this course:

    Unit 1: Psychological approaches and applications

    In this unit, you will apply psychological theory to explain a wide range of human behaviour including gender behaviour, consumer and employee behaviour, and aggression.

    Unit 2: Conducting psychological research

    You will learn how psychologists design and carry out psychological research. This unit involves designing and carrying out your own research and writing a scientific report of the research you have carried out.
  • How is the course assessed?

    Assessment is a combination of coursework and exams. The coursework contributes to 50% of your final grade and the externally assessed exam contributes to 50% of your final grade.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    You will need good analytical and organisational skills and be inquisitive about what makes people do what they do.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    Minimum requirements - average point score of 5 including GCSE English and Maths at grade 5.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points). From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements  page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Applied Psychology is an excellent qualification for a range of degrees - for example, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Law and Biomedical Sciences.

    It can lead to professions associated with medicine and any career that involves working with people. For example, Biological Sciences, Forensic Biology, Paramedic Science, Nutrition, Physiotherapy, Sport and Exercise Science, Psychology, Sociology, Youth Studies and Mental health nursing.

  • Are you aged over 19?

    Students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year may be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3. If you are aged 19-23 as at 31 August and this is your first full Level 3 you may not have to pay fees.

    Students who are 19-24 years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.


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