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Applied Psychology

 

Subject

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology.

 

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade 4 or above including English and Maths

 

Exam Board

Pearson/Edexcel

Content relating to the subject qualification

The National Extended Certificate is the equivalent to one A Level qualification and requires the completion of 3 mandatory units and 1 optional unit of work relating to the field of psychology.

The mandatory units are as follows;

 

  • Unit 1 – Psychological Approaches and Applications
  • Unit 2 – Conducting Psychological Research
  • Unit 3 – Health Psychology.

 

Units 1 and 3 are externally assessed, written exam papers which are set and marked by Pearson

 

The optional unit is listed below;

 

  • Unit 6 – Introduction to Psychopathology

 

In Year 1 Units 1 and 2 will be completed.

In Year 2 Units 3 and 6 will be completed.

 

Assessment of the qualification

 

There are two units that are externally assessed. Unit 1 – Psychological Approaches and Applications which is assessed through a 90-minute exam. The first opportunity to sit this is in January of Year 12 and students are allowed two re-sit opportunities only.

The second externally assessed unit is Unit 3 – Health Psychology which is assessed in a 2-hour exam. The first opportunity to sit this is in January of Year 13 and students are allowed two re-sit opportunities only.

 

The remaining 2 units are internally assessed may also be required for external verification of marking. Although both remaining units are internally assessed, Unit 2 – Conducting Psychological Research is a synoptic assignment that build upon the knowledge developed from Unit 1 - Psychological Approaches and Applications.

Each unit of work will be graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction and the final grade will be calculated based on the accumulation of these grades. The final grade awarded and it’s A Level equivalent are shown below.

 

BTEC Grade

Equivalent A Level Grade

UCAS Points from 2017

P (Pass)

E

16

M (Merit)

C

32

D (Distinction)

A

48

D* (Distinction*)

A*

56

 

 

 

Career Pathways

Psychology is one of the most versatile subjects and can help in almost every profession. Successful Psychology students will possess sound knowledge of underlying Psychological theories, how to conduct Psychological research and the ability to apply Psychology to other areas, such as mental health and general well-being. Alongside subject knowledge Psychology students will possess the ability to critically analyse a theory or piece of research, weighing up both the strengths and the weaknesses of a particular topic.

 

Psychology can be combined with several other subjects and can lead to a wide variety of different university courses and careers; for example:

 

  • Occupational Health
  • Sport Psychology
  • Education and Child Psychology
  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Child and Developmental Psychology
  • Law
  • Education

 

Extra-Curricular

There will be a trip offered to go to an academic conference with students from around the UK which will reinforce knowledge through teaching from specialists in other areas of Psychology with the option to ask those present questions about their specific topic of Psychology. This also has a focus on exam preparation.

Psychology

Subject

Psychology

Entry Requirements

Five 9-4 grades at GCSE (or equivalent),  including a grade 5 in Maths and English

Exam Board

AQA

Content relating to the subject qualification

AS - Unit 1 : Introductory Topics in Psychology

This unit is divided into three separate topics : Social Influence, Memory and Attachment. Within these areas we look at conformity and obedience, how are memory works and why we forgot and the importance of early childhood attachments on later life.

AS - Unit 2 :  Psychology in Context

This unit is also divided into three separate topics : Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Psychopathology. Within this topics we look at three different approaches : learning, cognitive and biological. We also look at clinical psychology including explanations of treatments of phobias, depression and OCD.

 

A2 – Unit 1 : Introductory Topics in Psychology

This unit covers the AS content from Unit 1 and Psychopathology (clinical) from Unit 2. The exam will be sat in May/June of the 2nd year of study and is worth 35% of the overall grade.

A2 - Unit 2 : Psychology in Contect

Unit 2 includes the approaches and biopsychology from Unit 2 at AS. In addition, it covers the psychodynamic approach and humanistic psychology. Research methods will also be covered explicitly in this unit with a heavy emphasis on scientific processes and data analysis.

A2 - Unit 3 : Issues and Debates in Psychology

Unit 3 aims to continue to develop an understanding of how to use theories and evidence from many areas of psychology and their application to real life. Students will look at a variety of issue and debates in Psychology. We will then cover one topic from each of the following : Option 1 – Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development, Option 2 – Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, or Stress, Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction.

 

Assessment of the qualification

There will be 3 exams at the end of the 2 year course. Each exam is worth a third of the overall grade.

 

To progress into the 2nd year of the course, all students will sit an exam in the summer term. This will be combined with their work throughout the year to decide suitability to continue with the full A-level. Students will have the opportunity to sit only the AS exams if they do not plan to carry on to complete the full A-level. This will be comprised of 2 exams, both worth 50%.

Career Pathways

Psychology is one of the most versatile subjects and can help in almost every profession. In the past, popular pathways for students have been to study psychology, clinical psychology, child development, forensic science, law and teaching.