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Applied Psychology Level 3 Diploma

Level 3 Applied Courses

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of mind and behaviour. The National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology course offers you the
opportunity to engage in this scientific process through studying the various theories of human behaviour and conducting a research project that requires you to collect and analyse data.

This is an Extended Certificate (60 credits) equivalent to one A level.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.


Course Content



Year 1

You will explore four key Approaches in Psychology – Social, Cognitive, Learning and
Biological – and apply these Approaches to explain contemporary issues of aggression,
gender and consumer behaviour. You will also get the chance to carry out your own
Psychology research project.

Year 2

You will explore Health Psychology which will include psychological approaches, theories and studies related to lifestyle choices, unhealthy behaviours and behavioural change, linking them to their specific contexts of stress and addiction. You will also explore Criminal and Forensic Psychology which will include the different theories used to explain criminal behaviour, the
application of Criminal


  • 50% exam
  • 50% coursework

Is it for me?



You will enjoy and benefit from studying Psychology BTEC if you:

  • are interested in the way humans think, feel and interact with each other;
  • prefer continuous assessment rather than linear exams;
  • enjoy science, especially biology;
  • prefer coursework to exams;
  • would like to pursue a career working with people;
  • are able to analyse theoretical concepts logically and systematically
  • are keen to carry out independent investigative research


How does it differ to A level?



Both courses try to explain human behaviour and cover similar content. Both are basically science subjects and both require learning a lot of terms to understand theories.

However, their method of assessment is different. Unlike A-level, the National Extended Certificate allows students to complete modules and sit assessments as they go rather than doing 100% examined assessment at the end of 2 years.

Furthermore, the National Extended Certificate offers coursework whereas A-level does not.


Entry Requirements



At least  5 Grade 4s including Maths and English.


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