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Applied Psychology, National Extended Certificate Level 3

Paston College

Grammar School Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9JL

National Extended Certificate (BTEC)
Level 3
Science and Mathematics

Available start dates

Available start dates

Tuesday, 06 September 2022
Paston College
2 Year(s)
Full time
Daytime/working hours

Application Instructions

3 A Level Programme

Minimum of 66444 at GCSE (Please note : grade 4 may be replaced by an 'old C' grade and grade 6 by 'old' B grade)

Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry on to an A Level programme.

You must also study English/Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

4 A level programme

If you achieve a minimum of 3 GCSE's at grade 8 (A*) plus 5 at grade 7 (A) and your English Language and Maths are at minimum grade 4, you will have the option to join the A Plus programme.

Please note that A Plus is designed for applicants to academic courses at Oxford, Cambridge or other Russel Group universities. Grades in vocational subjects cannot replace GCSE's for entry to this programme.

Vocational programmes

Minimum of five grade 4 at GCSE (or old grade C) or Merit/Distinction in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade 4 (or old grade 4) at GCSE. You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

Level 2 programme

Minimum of three grade 4 at GCSE (or old Grade C).

This programme is designed for those students who just miss our entry requirements for level 3 study. It includes an opportunity to improve your GCSE English Language and Maths grades, alongside a Workskills course to develop the skills required for progression into employment or onto a level 3 programme.

Course Summary

Psychology is the study of the brain and behaviour, and the BTEC in Applied Psychology provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge of various aspects of human behaviour that psychologists research to try and enhance the quality of life. This course is a Diploma and is offered alongside our A level provision.

In year 12 you will study:

Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Implications. This includes learning about different approaches to Psychology (social; learning theory; biological; cognitive) and how they are applied in the real world.

Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research. You will learn about the way psychologists conduct research and analyse findings. You will also conduct and write up your own psychological study.

Unit 3: Health Psychology. You will explore psychological approaches and theories related to lifestyle choices, unhealthy behaviours and behavioural change, linking them to their specific contexts.

Unit 4: Introduction to Psychopathology. You will 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.

Course Details

Students will be able to study a one year (Certificate) or two-year programme (Extended Certificate). Students progress will be awarded as pass, merit or distinction.

The programme is designed to develop the following skills and knowledge, and the course is designed to fulfil these objectives.

Demonstrate psychological knowledge, be able to recall key assumptions and concepts

Demonstrate understanding by explaining the link between psychological assumptions and concepts to behaviour in society

Apply and evaluate psychological assumptions and concepts to explain contemporary issues of relevance to society

Entry requirements

The requirements for the course are inline with the standard entry requirements for the college.


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