If you thrive in an engaging and hands-on style of learning, the Applied Psychology BTEC National Certificate is an ideal stepping stone to further study or entry-level employment in Psychology and Psychology-related fields. A practical focus on the application of Psychology gives you an insight into areas such as treating mental health issues, improving sporting performance, understanding how children develop and offender treatment.
You’ll cover the key approaches to Psychology – cognitive, social, learning and biological. You’ll also explore key psychological studies and theories and put them into practice using real-life examples and case studies.
Mandatory units include Psychological Approaches and Applications, Conducting Psychological Research, and Health Psychology. Optional units include Criminal and Forensic Psychology, Promoting Children’s Psychological Development, Introduction to Psychopathology, and Applied Sport Psychology.
You would need five GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including English Language, and Maths at grade 4 or above.
The course is assessed with a combination of internal and external exams using the grade framework (A to E). Students must pass each module to gain the award.
You could progress to higher education, employment or an apprenticeship. Example career options include clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, sport and exercise psychologist as well as mental health worker, human resources officer, and many more.