Applied Psychology – Level 3

Applied Psychology offers a broad basis of study, which is valued within the sector. When taken alongside a combination of A Levels this course ideally supports progression to higher education and a fulfilling career.

Throughout the course you will study 4 units:


  • Psychological Approaches & Applications – External assessment
  • In this unit you will be introduced to some basic ideas from different approaches in Psychology. You will gain an understanding of how psychological research can explain gender identity, aggression and consumer behaviour

  • Conducting Psychological Research – Internal assessment

    Sound scientific research principles are needed to explore theories in Psychology. Results from these studies can be analysed using statistical techniques to verify their significance and enable researchers to explain or predict behaviour. You will conduct a pilot study in a chosen area, drawing on key psychological approaches. You will gather and analyse you research findings and present them to an audience

    YEAR 2

    • Health Psychology – External assessment
    • This unit explores the motivation behind healthy and unhealthy behaviours and the factors that might persuade individuals to finally change behaviour or to follow the advice given by medical practitioners. You will explore how health psychologists can help improve behaviours using psychological theories of persuasion and learn about specific physiological and behavioural treatments, making judgments about their effectiveness

    • Introduction to Psychopathology – Internal assessment
    • You will examine types and characteristics of different mental disorders and the factors that cause mental ill health, exploring the approaches adopted by professionals when treating mental disorders

      How will I be assessed?

      The course is assessed through a combination of external and internal assessments.

      What do I need?

      You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 and above, including English Language or Literature.

      A Grade 4 or above in GCSE Maths is also preferred.

      Where can it take me?

      • College Progression – you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses and professional qualifications
      • University – related degrees including Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, Law and Criminology
      • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Therapist, Lawyer, Teacher or a Nurse

      Additional information

      This course should be combined with A Levels

      Good combinations could include Sociology & Religious Studies

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