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BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology

Wilberforce Sixth Form College

Saltshouse Road, Hull, HU8 9HD

National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Level 3
Applied Psychology Ex Certificate
Social Sciences

Course Summary

Why should I study this course?

Are you interested in why people behave the way they do? Psychology is the scientific study of people, which tries to understand and explain thought, behaviour and emotion. If you’re fascinated by the mind, this could be the course for you.

This course is for you if: like science, are open-minded and are interested in the world around you and want a more hands-on way of studying Psychology.

Course Details

What will I study?

Psychology is the scientific study of minds and behaviour. As such it is a part of our everyday lives. An understanding of human behaviour is fundamental to many jobs in society and the study of psychology at degree level and beyond remains a popular choice. You will develop an understanding of how psychological research and concepts can explain gender, aggression and consumer behaviour. You will investigate the various ways in which psychologists explain human interactions and you will gain a clear insight into how and why some behaviour occurs.

You will have the opportunity to conduct research as part of your coursework. You will complete your own psychological investigations using standard sector research methodology and examine the application of your findings and the implication for professional practice and provision.

You will also study some applied areas of psychology including:

  • Health Psychology – stress and factors that impact on an individual’s health
  • Forensic Psychology – you will study criminal psychology and how psychologists work with criminals to rehabilitate them.

What skills do I need?

You will need to work hard in and out of lessons to develop skills compatible with the course.

How will it be delivered?

How will I be taught?

Lessons are delivered in an interactive environment with lots of varied activities and resources. We encourage independent learning with frequent exercises to complete outside of the lesson.

Private study

As with most courses at this level, you should expect to complete 4-5 hours independent study working on homework, coursework or assignment tasks each week.

How is the course assessed?

A mixture of exams and coursework.

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items: a pen, pencil, ruler and notepad.

Entry requirements

Four 9 – 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, including English Language, a Science and Maths.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

Your next steps...

This course will prepare you for further study and a career in any career where other people are involved, for example areas such as teaching, social work, counselling, police or medicine.

You will develop your skills in research, analysis, communication and logical thinking which are all valued in a wide variety of degrees and jobs.

Additional information

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