BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology

Exam board: Edexcel
Guidance: Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language, maths and science. You also need to have an interest in Psychology and how it’s applied in the real world and be capable of carrying out independent research.
Course Start Date: 09/2022
Course length: 2 Years
Course description:

This course is designed for people who want to continue their education through applied learning and will give you a wide understanding of knowledge and skills in Psychology. This qualification will equip you to progress onto a range of higher education courses or employment, possibly in the applied psychology sector.

Course units:

This course consists of three mandatory units and one optional unit.

The mandatory units are:
• applications of psychological approaches
• conducting psychological research
• health psychology.

These units allow you to concentrate on the development of your knowledge and understanding of Psychology as well as the application of skills that are important in this area.

The optional unit will be chosen by the Psychology department but will be from the following:
• criminal and forensic psychology
• principles of children’s psychological development
• psychopathology and treatment
• applied sport psychology.


Two of these units are assessed as external exams, the other two internally.

What can I do with this qualification?

This qualification carries UCAS points so will contribute to admission requirements for many courses at University. Many of the skills learnt in this course are transferable into higher education, such as the ability to learn independently and carry out active research. As well as these, many employability skills are learnt as well, including cognitive and problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
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