Applied Psychology

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

Applied Psychology offers a broad basis of study, which is valued within the sector and supports progression to higher education and a fulfilling career.

The course covers 4 main topics, which will give you an excellent grounding in this fascinating subject.

Psychological Approaches & Applications introduces some basic ideas from different approaches in Psychology, helping you to understand how psychological research can explain gender identity, aggression and consumer behaviour.

Conducting Psychological Research explores scientific research principles and processes that are needed to investigate theories in Psychology. Results from such research can be analysed using statistical techniques to verify their significance and enable researchers to explain or predict behaviour. As part of this unit you will conduct a pilot study in a chosen area, for example social psychology. Drawing on key psychological theories you will gather primary data and analyse your research findings to present to an a,udience.

The study of Health Psychology explores the motivation behind healthy and unhealthy behaviours, and the factors that might persuade individuals to change their behaviour or follow the advice given by medical practitioners. You will explore how Health Psychologists can help improve behaviours, using psychological theories of persuasion and specific physiological and behavioural addictions and treatments, making judgments about their effectiveness.

Finally, an Introduction to Psychopathology will examine modern and historical concepts of psychopathology in society, and the types and characteristics of different mental disorders. You may consider factors that cause mental illness and professional approaches to the treatment of mental disorders, OR an introduction to criminal and forensic psychology (factors that contribute to criminal behaviour and the effectiveness of punishment strategies and behavioural modification programmes). You will apply different methods to create an offender profile.

How will I be assessed?

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

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 and above, including English Language or Literature, and Grade 4 in Maths.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses and professional qualifications. A related degree in Psychology, Philosophy, Politics, Law or Criminology is also an option. 

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career as a Health Specialist, Therapist, Behavioural Analyst, Lawyer, Police Officer, Probation Officer, Social Worker or Teacher. 

This course should be combined with A Levels

Good combinations could include Sociology, English and Religious Studies.

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