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Psychology

The Team 

Staff Member 

Role 

Email Address 

Mr J Joyce 

Curriculum Leader for Social Sciences and Deputy Head of Sixth Form 

JoyceJ@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

Mr J Anderson 

Teacher of Psychology and Criminology 

AndersonJ@ursuline.kent.sch.uk 

If you have any questions relating to this course, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant staff member using the details above. 

Key Stage 5 

Exam Board: Pearson BTEC 

Link to Specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/BTEC-Nationals/applied-psychology/2017/specification-and-sample-assessments/SPEC-BTEC-NAT-EXCERT-PSYCH.pdf 

Future Careers: 

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology provides a broad basis of study for the applied psychology sector. It is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements to many relevant applied psychology courses. When combined with other qualifications within a two-year study programme, such as AS/A Levels or a BTEC National Foundation Diploma or Diploma in a complementary sector, you can progress to higher education to qualifications such as a:  

  • a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Health if taken alongside, for example, the OCR Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care;  

  • a BSc in Education and Child Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a OCR Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care and an A Level in Biology;  

  • a BSc (Hons) in Sport Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC; Level 3 National Extended Certificate (or National Diploma) in Sport; and  

  • BSc in Forensic and Criminal Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Level 3 Applied Diploma in Criminology 

All of the complimenting courses, identified above, are offered at Ursuline College, subject to uptake. 

 

Subject Information and Extracurricular Opportunities: 

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology is equivalent in size to one A Level. There are four units of which three are mandatory and two are externally assessed. The mandatory units equate to 83% of the course, whilst the external assessments account for 58% of the final grade.  

The three mandatory units are: 

Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications;  

Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research; and  

Unit 3: Health Psychology.  

The optional unit which you will be taught in 2021-23 will be  

Unit 6: Introduction to Psychopathology, in line with the research interests of the subjects specialists in the department.  

The externally assessed units are 1. Psychological Approaches and Applications and 3. Health Psychology. 

 

 

Cycle 1 

Cycle 2 

Cycle 3 

Cycle 4 

Year 12 

Unit 1 Psychological Approaches and Applications 

 

  1.  Approaches and Assumptions 

Learners must know the key assumptions of the following different approaches to psychology: 

cognitive, social, learning (including behaviourism) and biological 

 

  1. Key Concepts 

Learners must be able to understand and apply knowledge of key concepts as used to explain aspects of human behaviour. Learners should also be able to understand and apply knowledge of the aims of and procedures used to gather data and the findings of key studies. 

Unit 1: Psychological Approaches and Applications 

 

  1. Application of Psychological Approaches 

Learners must be able to understand and apply knowledge of concepts and research from approaches in psychology by applying them to contemporary issues in society. Knowledge will be applied through vocationally-related contexts. 

 

Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research  

 

A. Understand research Methods and their importance in psychological inquiry. 

- Principles of research 

- Key terms used in research 

- Research Process 

 

B Plan research to investigate psychological questions.  

– Research Methods  

– Developing Research Proposals 

 

Unit 2: Conducting Psychological Research 

 

C. Carry out a pilot study to explore current issues in psychology. 

 – Data Collection 

 – Data Analysis  

– Presenting findings to an audience  

 

D. Review implications of research into psychological inquiry.  

– Reviewing research processes and findings.  

– Implications of research into psychological inquiry. 

Year 13 

Unit 3: Health Psychology 

 

  1. Lifestyle choice and health-related behaviour  

 

A1 Theories of stress, behavioural addiction and physiological addiction 

Definitions and characteristics of health and ill health, addiction and stress 

 

A2 Theories of stress, behavioural addiction and physiological addiction 

Learners evaluate theories of stress, behavioural addiction and physiological addiction, and apply 

these theories to different scenarios, selecting and evaluating studies to support their views. 

 

  1. Stress, behavioural addiction and physiological addiction. 

B1 Stress 

Learners demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of the causes of, and the physiological response to, stress, and make judgements on the relative importance of different causes, and on the limitations of viewing the stress response as purely physiological. Learners apply the key concepts of the causes and the physiological response to stress to given scenarios. 

 

B2 Physiological addiction 

Learners demonstrate an understanding of key principles of physiological addiction, including 

initiation, maintenance and relapse, and make judgements on the effectiveness of approaches 

to explain behaviour. Learners apply these key principles of physiological addiction to scenarios. 

Unit 3: Health Psychology 

 

B3 Behavioural Addiction 

Learners demonstrate and apply a knowledge and understanding of the key principles of 

approaches to behavioural addiction, including initiation, maintenance and relapse, and evaluate 

their effectiveness in explaining behaviour. Learners apply these key principles of physiological 

addiction to scenarios 

 

 

  1.  Promotion of Positive Behavioural Change 

 

C1 Theories of Persuasion 

Learners demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, strengths and 

weaknesses of the theories of persuasion and their effectiveness in predicting behavioural change. 

Learners apply these theories to scenarios, selecting and evaluating studies to support their views. 

 

C2 Treatment and management of addiction and stress 

Learners demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key physiological and psychological 

methods of and professional approaches to, managing stress and addiction, including effectiveness 

and ethical and practical factors. Learners select and apply appropriate methods to scenarios, 

justifying decisions. 

 

C3 Maintenance of behavioural change 

Learners demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key concepts of theories and methods of 

behavioural change in relation to non-adherence and improved adherence to medical advice and 

evaluate their effectiveness. Learners apply these key concepts of theories and methods of 

behavioural change to scenarios, selecting studies to support their views. 

Unit 6: Introduction to Psychopathology 

 

  1. Understand Modern and Historical Concepts of Psychopathology 

 

A1 Defining Psychopathology. 

Types, characteristics and use of methods for defining psychopathology. 

 

A2 Origins of Psychopathology. 

Characteristics and traits of historical definitions, approaches to, and understanding of, 

psychopathology and the impact on modern-day societal perceptions. 

 

  1. Examine causes, types and characteristics of mental disorders. 

 

B1 Causal factors associated with mental disorders. 

Types and impact of primary causes that can be used to understand risk for later psychopathology.  

 

B2 Types and characteristics of mental Disorders 

Unit 6: Introduction to Psychopathology 

 

  1. Explore professional approaches to the treatment of mental disorders.  

 

C1 Approaches to the treatment of mental disorders. 

Characteristics of approaches and methods used in the treatment of mental disorders. 

 

C2 Mental Health Professionals. 

Purpose and role of professionals and organisations in the diagnosis and treatment of 

mental disorders.