Psychology – BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology


The course provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare for further study or training in a psychology based career. 

Three mandatory units include applications of psychological approaches, health psychology and research methods. There is one optional unit in year 2 that links to more applied occupational areas such as forensic psychology, child’s development, psychopathology and sports psychology.

Course Content

Students will learn about the social, biological, cognitive and learning approaches in psychology. You will learn key studies and theories within psychology and apply knowledge to specific areas of society including aggression, consumer/employee behaviour and gender identity. Students will also study research methods and complete a piece of coursework/research which will develop skills of investigation, problem-solving, analysis and creative development.

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. There will be the opportunity to visit the Bethlem Royal Hospital and Bethlem Museum of the Mind at the end of year one. There is no requirement for a work experience placement although students are encouraged to seek meaningful experience and/or volunteer experience to aid their career progression.


This qualification gives students transferable knowledge and skills that prepares for university degrees. When taken alongside other A Levels and BTEC Level 3 qualifications (such as Sport and Exercise Science, Health and Social Care or Applied Science) students can progress onto degress in psychology, teaching and education, counselling, health, sport and psychology and criminology.

Entry Requirements & Assessment

Students wishing to do BTEC Level 3 courses, need to have (or expect to achieve) at least four GCSE passes at Grade 4 or above including English and Mathematics (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on a BTEC Level 3 Programme.

Students must also gain the additional GCSE grade:

  • Grade 4 in Science and Grade 4 in English

The course is assessed via exam (50%) and coursework (50%).

The exam board for this course is Pearson EDEXCEL.


How To Apply

Applications for entry September 2022. The application form for the academic year 2022-2023 is available to complete online here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy. Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.



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