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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.


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


All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.

An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.

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.

UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.

Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level

Students who are 19+ 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.


  • 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?

    You will need:

    A minimum of grade 4 in English, 4 in Maths and 4 in Science, plus five GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

  • 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.

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