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Psychology Level 3 Applied

Level 3 Applied Courses

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Applied psychology focuses on how psychology can be used to tackle real world problems and improve people’s lives. Unlike A-level psychology, it is assessed using both coursework and examinations.

The course offers the opportunity develop extended writing skills, critical thinking, self-reflection, as well as use of academic convention in report writing. You will also acquire skills in working independently, time management and research methods – the ability to design and carry out research, analyse data and report findings.

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

Course Content

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of mind and behaviour. During the course you will have the opportunity to engage in this scientific process through conducting a research project that requires you to collect and analyse data.

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. You will also explore Criminal and Forensic Psychology which will include the different theories used to explain criminal behaviour and the application of Criminal and Forensic Psychology in the criminal justice system


  • 50% Exam
  • 50% Coursework
  • Exam Board: Edexcel

Special Features

You will enjoy and benefit from Psychology if you:

  • are interested in how humans think, feel and interact with each other;
  • would like to work with people as a future career
  • enjoy science at school
  • are keen to carry out independent investigative research
  • are good at working to deadlines

How does it differ to A Level Psychology? 

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 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE English and GCSE Maths.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of Psychology at this level can lead to a range of further studies and careers in Clinical, Educational, Forensic, Health or Occupational Psychology. Psychology degrees are also useful in many careers involving working with people.

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