Welcome to Applied Psychology

Course Details 

Why choose this course?

Psychology is the study of the relationship between behaviour, performance and mental processes. Applied psychology is the application of this knowledge in order to understand events, treat mental health issues, improve sporting performance and understand how children develop and how to treat criminals. There is a wide range of possible employment opportunities following further study at degree level.

Course Content/Main Topics

Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units, covering the following content areas:

•Applications of psychological approaches • Conducting psychological research • Health psychology.
The mandatory content allows you to concentrate on the development of your knowledge and understanding of psychology, as well as the application of skills that are important in psychology, over an extended period.

You will choose one optional unit, which has been designed to support progression to more specialist applied psychology courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas, such as:

•Criminal and forensic psychology
• Principles of children’s psychological development
• Psychopathology and treatment
•Applied sports psychology.

This will allow you to choose a specific specialist area in which you wish to develop your knowledge and skills.

Careers and Higher Education

You can progress to higher education to qualifications such as a:
• BSc (Hons) in Occupational Health if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC
Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care
• BSc in Education and Child Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC
Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care and an A Level in Biology
• BSc (Hons) in Sport Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC
Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
• BSc in Forensic and Criminal Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC
Level 3 National Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation.
• Career opportunities are wide ranging. You could work in the education sector, health and social care sector or even the prison service, depending on your area of interest.

Qualification

BTEC Level 3

Assessment

Two external assessments (58%)
Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications - 1.5 hours; 72 marks
Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research
Unit 3: Health Psychology - 2 hours; 70 marks
Internal Assessments (83%)
Unit 6 : Introduction to Psychopathology will help Learners develop knowledge of psychopathology, types and characteristics of mental disorders and approaches to treatment, and the role of professionals in supporting and promoting mental health.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language, grade 4 in maths and Science

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