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A Level, Level 3

Applied Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind. You will be introduced to some basic ideas from different approaches within psychology, for example, cognitive and biological approaches to the understanding of behaviour. You will explore concepts such as gender, aggression and consumer habits. You will learn how to apply psychology to real life situations and conduct your own research.

Please note: Whilst this course sits within our A Level provision and can be taken alongside other A Levels, the qualification you will gain at the end of the programme is a Pearson Level 3 BTEC Extended Certificate, rather than an A Level.

Your course will consist of a mix of coursework and external examinations over two years. You will develop skills in critical thinking, collaborative working, self-reflection and your ability to write at an academic level. Psychology can benefit many careers, this course focuses on units that suit fields such as health and social care and the criminal justice system.

You will study a variety of areas, including:

  • Psychological Approaches and Applications
  • Conducting research
  • Health Psychology
  • Psychopathology

Many of our students progress to study a University degree in Psychology.

Potential Careers

  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Police Officer

The minimum requirements are four GCSEs at Grade 5 and Maths and English at Grade 4. If you intend to take Psychology at degree-level, it is advisable to study Core Maths alongside this course due to the research methods component of the course.

Combination of exams and course work

Where can it lead?