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Applied Psychology BTEC National Extended Certificate

Equivalent to one A Level

The Extended Certificate is a two year vocational course and is equivalent to one A Level.

Applied Psychology provides students with the opportunity to not only understand the theoretical perspectives which underpin the subject but also provides students with the chance to apply that understanding through applied tasks and coursework. This makes it an excellent choice for those looking to engage with psychology in a practical way.

In addition to gaining knowledge and understanding by studying Applied Psychology you will develop many transferable skills such as: critical thinking, independent learning, active and methodical research skills, presentation skills and working actively in groups. Furthermore, you will also learn to make connections between the theoretical perspectives giving you a deep appreciation for the complexities of the human mind and behaviour.

What does the course involve?

This qualification consists of a combination of continual assessment through written assignments and examinations. You will study four units over two years. 

Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications (examined)

This is an examined unit on the cognitive, social, learning and biological approaches in psychology. These approaches will be applied to aggression, business and gender identity.

Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research (coursework)

This involves producing reports on the importance of research and a pilot study.

Unit 3: Health Psychology (examined)

This module examines lifestyle choice and health-related behaviour, theories of stress and addiction and promotion of positive behavioural change. 

Unit 4: Introduction to Psychopathology (coursework)

This involves examining the causes, types and characteristics of mental disorders and exploring professional approaches to the treatments.


Although not compulsory there will be an expectation for you to take part in relevant extracurricular activities (work experience, talks and debates).

What can you do after the course?

When taken alongside other Level 3 qualifications, this course provides entry qualifications for a wide range of degree courses. For example when studied alongside A Level Biology, you could consider a BSc in Education and Child Psychology.